Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MS in Agricultural Economics (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III)
- PhD in Agricultural Economics (90 cr)
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization
- Agricultural Management and Marketing
- International Agricultural Trade and Development
- Natural Resources and Environmental Economics
- Production Economics
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Agricultural Economics
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.
- 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, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Agricultural Economics
- For full funding consideration: January 15 for Fall.
- Note: In general, unless there are extenuating circumstances, we strongly suggest interested candidates to submit applications to begin their graduate program in the fall semester. The M.S. and Ph.D. programs are based on a set of core courses offered in a sequence and with timing that assumes a fall semester start to the program.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.
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
Faculty and research
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Water and Agricultural Law; Environmental and Natural Resource Law
Market Structures; Industrial Organization; Competition Policy in the Beef Food Marketing Chain Industry
Experimental & Behavioral Economics, Ecosystem Services Conservation & Management, Charitable Giving, Social Network & Game Theory, Decision Making under Risk
Marketing Rural Communities
Microeconomics; Economics of Production; International Economics and Development Economics
Industrial Organization; Agricultural Policy; Regulatory Economics; Marketing
Behavioral Economics and Health Disparities
Policy Regarding Agriculture, Trade, Food, The Public, Conservation and the Environment
Rural Community Development
Risk Management; Price Analysis and Marketing; Futures and Options Markets; Decision-Making under Risk; Behavioral Economics
Inter-Firm Relationships in Food and Agricultural Business Economics
The Economics of Precision Agriculture and Water Use Management in Irrigated Agriculture
Food and Agricultural Trade
Agricultural Production Economics; Agricultural Productivity Analysis; Technology Assessment
Trade Policy; Political Economy; Agricultural Development; Trade and the Environment
Industrial Organization; Vertical Integration; Firm Theory; Agricultural Cooperatives; Operations Research Methods
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; Irrigation Technology Choice
Agribusiness; Marketing; Farm and Ranch Management
Agricultural Banking and Finance
Farm and Ranch Management; Agricultural Production Economics; Agricultural Finance
Grain, Oilseed, and Biofuels Economics, Risk Management
Intellectual Property Rights; Industrial Organization; Agricultural Marketing; Environmental and Resource Economics