Agricultural Economics

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.S. in Agricultural Economics
  • Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics


Areas of Study
  • Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization
  • Agricultural Management and Marketing
  • International Agricultural Trade and Development
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Economics
  • Production Economics
Promo image for Agricultural Economics

Contacts for Agricultural Economics

Department Chair

Dr. Larry Van Tassell


Graduate Chair

Dr. Azzeddine Azzam


Program Coordinator

Ms. Kara Heideman


Campus Address

204B Filley Hall

Lincoln NE 68583-0922


Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Agricultural Economics in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE strongly recommended
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Statement of Purpose

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Agricultural Economics
For full considerationFall: January 15
NoteAll students are strongly encouraged to begin their graduate programs in the fall semester.


Agricultural economics applies principles of economics and econometrics to the analysis of issues related to the production, marketing, distribution, and consumption of food and the supporting natural and human resource systems. The agricultural economics program at Nebraska provides a foundation for professional problem solving through courses in production economics, agricultural industrial organization, international agricultural trade, agricultural development, natural resource economics, and agribusiness. Cooperation with the Departments of Economics and Statistics and the College of Business Administration provides excellent opportunities for supplementing and complementing the courses offered through the Department of Agricultural Economics.

The broad base of the educational program supports diverse career opportunities in areas such as private, university and government research, business management, loan analysis, consulting, agricultural production, and college-level education. Graduates are employed by businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions around the globe.

Courses and More

Students in Agricultural Economics are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

David Aiken
Water and Agricultural Law; Environmental and Natural Resource Law
Azzeddine Azzam
Market Structures; Industrial Organization; Competition Policy in the Beef Food Marketing Chain Industry
Kathleen Brooks
Livestock Economics
Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel
Marketing Rural Communities
Dennis Conley
Agribusiness Management; Grain Marketing and Trade; Price Risk Management
Lilyan Fulginiti
Microeconomics; Economics of Production; International Economics and Development Economics
Konstantinos Giannakas
Industrial Organization; Agricultural Policy; Regulatory Economics; Marketing
Ron Hanson
Farm Management; Agricultural Finance
Agribusiness Program Director
Bradley Lubben
Policy Regarding Agriculture, Trade, Food, The Public, Conservation and the Environment
Gary Lynne
Natural Resource Economics; Agricultural Technology Relations; Producer Technology; Behavior Conservation
Fabio Mattos
Risk Management; Price Analysis and Marketing; Futures and Options Markets; Decision-Making under Risk; Behavioral Economics
Richard Perrin
Agricultural Production Economics; Agricultural Productivity Analysis; Technology Assessment
Wesley Peterson
Trade Policy; Political Economy; Agricultural Development; Trade and the Environment
Jeff Royer
Industrial Organization; Vertical Integration; Firm Theory; Agricultural Cooperatives; Operations Research Methods
Karina Schoengold
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; Irrigation Technology Choice
Matt Stockton
Agribusiness; Marketing; Farm and Ranch Management
Larry Van Tassell
Farm and Ranch Management; Agricultural Production Economics; Agricultural Finance
Amalia (Emie) Yiannaka
Intellectual Property Rights; Industrial Organization; Agricultural Marketing; Environmental and Resource Economics

Departments: Have an update for this page? Contact Stacy Dam.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln does not discriminate based on gender, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.