The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is currently housed in the W.B. Young building at the University of Connecticut and is ranked in the top 10% and 18th worldwide (RePEc, April 2016). ARE has experienced a 79% increase in enrollment of graduate students in the past three years.


Our department consists of two graduate degree programs:

Master of Science in Applied & Resource Economics

The M.S. degree program seeks to provide a foundation in economic theory, quantitative analysis, and knowledge in a particular area of agricultural and resource economics. For some students, the M.S. is the terminal degree; others continue studying for a Ph.D. degree.

Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural and Resource Economics

The Ph.D. program in Agricultural and Resource Economics is intended for students who wish to develop their ability to make original contributions to scientific knowledge. Award of the degree testifies to broad mastery of economic theory, quantitative methods, and one or more fields in agricultural and resource economics. Each student selects an advisory committee which consists of a major advisor and two or more associate advisors. The major advisor and at least one associate advisor must be faculty members in the department with appointments that allow them to be advisors of doctoral students. The advisory committee assists the student in developing a plan of study, which the Graduate School must approve no later than when 18 credits of the planned course work is completed.

Job Placements  

ARE M.S. and Ph.D. graduate career placement is at an all-time high with students landing positions upon graduation in careers such Category Sales Analyst, Assistant Professor, and Global Energy Associate. Notable alumni employment opportunities include Assistant Professor, Director of Environmental Research, Senior Economist, etc.