Agricultural Economics

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 Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Co-Chair
Dr. Azzeddine Azzam

Graduate Co-Chair
Dr. Karina Schoengold

Program Coordinator
Ms. Kara Heideman

Campus Address
102 Filley Hall
Lincoln NE 68583-0922

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Agricultural Economics

  • 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. Assistantship Information.
  • Note: Fall start strongly recommended. The M.S. and Ph.D. programs are based on a sequence of core courses which are scheduled to align with a fall semester start.

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.

Information regarding funding can be found on the departmental Assistantship Announcement Page.

Courses and More

Faculty and research

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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

Simanti Banerjee

Experimental & Behavioral Economics, Ecosystem Services Conservation & Management, Charitable Giving, Social Network & Game Theory, Decision Making under Risk

John Beghin

International Trade; Food Security; Policy Analysis

Kathleen Brooks

Livestock Economics

Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel

Marketing Rural Communities

Lilyan Fulginiti

Microeconomics; Economics of Production; International Economics and Development Economics

Konstantinos Giannakas

Industrial Organization; Agricultural Policy; Regulatory Economics; Marketing

Chris Gustafson

Behavioral Economics and Health Disparities

Bradley Lubben

Policy Regarding Agriculture, Trade, Food, The Public, Conservation and the Environment

Daniela Mattos

Rural Community Development

Fabio Mattos

Risk Management; Price Analysis and Marketing; Futures and Options Markets; Decision-Making under Risk; Behavioral Economics

Greg McKee

Inter-Firm Relationships in Food and Agricultural Business Economics

Timothy Meyer

Taro Mieno

The Economics of Precision Agriculture and Water Use Management in Irrigated Agriculture

Lia Nogueira

Food and Agricultural Trade

Jay Parsons

Biosystems Economist

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

Jeff Stokes

Agricultural Banking and Finance

Larry Van Tassell

Farm and Ranch Management; Agricultural Production Economics; Agricultural Finance

Cory Walters

Grain, Oilseed, and Biofuels Economics, Risk Management

Amalia (Emie) Yiannaka

Intellectual Property Rights; Industrial Organization; Agricultural Marketing; Environmental and Resource Economics

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Agricultural Economics.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.