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A leader in the application of new institutional economics to agriculture, development, and policy analysis, the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri is recognized for its innovative approach to graduate training in agricultural economics.

A Ph.D. or M.S. degree in agricultural economics prepares students for a rewarding career in academia, agricultural business, government or international agriculture. Students can study agribusiness management, contracting and strategy; collective action and cooperative theory; econometrics and price analysis; entrepreneurship; environmental and natural resource economics; food, biofuel and agricultural policy and regulation; international development; regional economics and rural development policy; science policy and innovation; sustainable agriculture and applied ethics. The MS program may be a step toward the Ph.D. but may also be used as a terminal program for those interested in careers in agribusiness, extension or government. Programs are flexible. All Ph.D. and most M.S. students become involved in research, but those whose career interests lie in other directions find the department willing to accommodate them.

Degrees Offered

Agricultural & Applied Economics, Master of Science

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: February 15
Spring deadline: September 15

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Agricultural and Applied Economics Program

  • Departmental Application (pdf)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • GRE score report

Prerequisites for the Master Program

Before admission to the M.S. program, a student should have completed at least nine hours of agricultural economics or economics, a course in calculus and one in statistics.

Agricultural and Applied Economics, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: February 15
Spring deadline: September 15

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Agricultural and Applied Economics Program

  • Departmental Application (pdf)
  • 3 letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE score report

Prerequisites for the Doctoral Degree

Before admission to the PhD program, a student should have completed at least one course each in intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, quantitative or mathematical economics, econometrics or regression analysis, statistics and differential calculus. A student should also have a master’s degree in economics, agricultural economics, or a related field. A student without a master’s degree will be admitted initially into the master’s program with the expectation that he or she complete the degree before continuing with doctoral studies.

Society and Ecosystems, Graduate Certificate

On Campus

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  No  
Degree Dependent:   
Yes

Total Credit Hours:  12

Certificate description: The Society and Ecosystems Program (SEP) is a unique interdisciplinary program that prepares students for careers with private and public organizations through advanced graduate level training and research. The certificate program is designed for students with undergraduate-graduate training in agriculture, biology, business administration, economics, engineering, fisheries and wildlife, forestry, geography, geology, rural sociology and related disciplines. Students who are in a graduate or professional program in their area of specialization take two integrated courses and complete a thesis or dissertation that applies more than one discipline. The program is designed to enhance the student’s familiarity with disciplinary and interdisciplinary concepts and principles from the social and natural sciences and humanities.

Certificate web site:
http://dass.missouri.edu/agecon/grad/cert-ecosystems.php

For information about certificate, contact: 
Sandy Rikoon, Ph.D. Coordinator

Email:                  
Phone: 
 (573) 882-0861
Address:   Society and Ecosystems Program, 200 A Gentry Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211

Community Processes, Graduate Certificate

On Campus

Officially approved as:

Stand Alone:  Yes
Degree Dependent:   No

Total Credit Hours: 12

Certificate description: The Graduate Certificate in Community Processes offers graduate students and professionals a unique opportunity to develop expertise in how spatial and relational communities function in today’s society: their processes for forming, for maintaining the community and for achieving community objectives. A vital part of the certificate is acquiring applied skills in community facilitation processes or community analytical processes. (Offered jointly by the Departments of Agricultural Economics, Rural Sociology and the Truman School of Public Affairs)

Certificate web: 
http://dass.missouri.edu/grad/cert-community.php

For information about certificate, contact:
Dr. Judith Stallmann

Email: 
Phone: 573-882-6455
Address: 231 Gentry Hall University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211