MS in Agricultural and Applied Economics

Degree Requirements

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

For the MS degree, students must complete a minimum of 30 hours selected from courses accepted for graduate credit. The program must include graduate-level courses in intermediate microeconomic theory, intermediate macroeconomic theory, and multiple regression analysis. Students opting for the MS thesis must also complete at least six credit hours of research as part of the minimum 30 hours. An alternative MS non-thesis program requires that some additional course work be substituted for thesis research.

Sample Plan of Study

  • ECONOM 7351 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECONOM 7353 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECONOM 7371 Introduction to Econometrics or equivalent
  • 6 hours of AG_EC 8090 Masters Thesis Research
  • 15 hours of Agricultural and Applied Economics courses and/or electives

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Thesis/Non-Thesis Requirements

Students in the Thesis track are expected to produce a thesis with the organization, degree of analysis, and style of presentation that can be readily converted into a professional publication.

Students in the non-Thesis track substitute coursework for the Thesis hours. Students also write a technical paper that represents a collaborative research agenda with his/her advisor. A typical paper would analyze an issue or problem of mutual interest to the student and advisor, such as a phenomenon in local, regional, or national economy; an analysis of a policy implementation or change; or a firm-level decision, such as a feasibility study or an organizational case study.

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The Department’s Graduate Studies Committee oversees the admissions process. Admission into the MS program is determined by an assessment of program prerequisites and application materials. Domestic and international students are equally welcome to apply.

For More Information

For further information on admissions or financial assistance, write to Harvey James, director of graduate studies in agricultural economics, 200 Mumford Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, or

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