Agricultural Economics Graduate Program


About our graduate programs

The agricultural economics curriculum at Purdue University is in the tradition of the Land Grant College philosophy: knowledge for the improvement of the human condition. Sound judgment, rigorous analysis and ability to define and solve problems are the goals of the professional agricultural economist. Our program endeavors to create a challenging environment of scholarship, creativity and freedom of intellectual inquiry.​

Our graduates receive superb training in their specialty areas while also learning how to solve social and business problems. Discover the Agricultural Economics Graduate Program and Life at Purdue. 

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that we receive from prospective graduate students.  

Current graduate students share their experiences in the AgEcon Department.

Our graduate programs leading towards master's and doctor of philosophy degrees in Agricultural Economics are currently accepting applications for admissions. ​

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available for study towards both the master's and Ph.D. degrees. 

Specialty Areas
Students can specialize their studies in several areas including: Agribusiness Management and Marketing; International Trade and International Development; Applied Economics Quantitative Methods; and Resources, Environment and Sustainable Production.

Master's Program
Students completing the program of study towards a master's degree will receive instruction in intermediate economic theory, quantitative methods and policy analysis, as well as elective courses in their area of interest. 

Ph.D. Program
Students completing the program of study towards a Ph.D. degree will receive instruction in advanced economic theory, quantitative methods, and practical application of theory and methods, as well as elective courses in their area of interest. 

The dual MS-MBA program is an integrated, degree-granting program of advanced study in management and is focused on the unique management challenges faced by managers with food and agribusiness firms. It is aimed to further develop the managerial abilities of future leaders in the food and agricultural industries featuring two world leaders in management and agribusiness- Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and Purdue University's College of Agriculture. 

Take advantage of our unique, first-of-its-kind MJ-MS in Agricultural Economics to drive innovation and design solutions in the increasingly complex and emerging agricultural law field! This dual degree program consists of the Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) and Master of Science (MS) in Agricultural Economics, bringing together expertise from two highly ranked institutions (Purdue University and IU McKinney) to provide a unique educational opportunity in agricultural law.

International Students
Students come to Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics from around the world with 40-50 percent of our graduate students coming from outside the United States.

Graduate Placement​​
Here is a list of recent MS and PhD student research topics, advisors and job placements.

Agricultural Economics Graduate Student Organization
The Ag Econ Graduate Student Organization (Ag Econ GSO) is a graduate student-lead initiative that works to bring the Ag Econ student body together; to promote academic and social communication among all Ag Econ students; to provide a forum in which Ag Econ students can voice their concerns and expectations; and to act as a liaison between the Ag Econ student body, administration, and faculty members. 

Contact Us

If you have questions or need more information, please contact
Ryan Good, Graduate Coordinator
phone: +1-765-496-5338

Agricultural Economics, 403 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-4191

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