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.
Students should select an advisory committee as early as possible. The advisory committee is made up of three graduate faculty members. The chair of the committee must be a member of the Department. Approval of the committee is required in all phases of the student requirements, from coursework to final approval of a thesis or independent study. Continued assistantship support is conditional on satisfactory progress, implied by a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and on acceptable performance in assistantship duties.
A Masters Degree can be obtained under three options for a terminal Masters degree (Plan A (Thesis) or Plan B (Major Paper or Plan B (Coursework)) or, under certain conditions, as a component of a Ph.D. degree program.