Agribusiness Economics Concentration
The Master of Science degree with a concentration in agribusiness economics requires a core in agricultural business, statistics, economics or business and other courses as determined by the student's interest and faculty advisor.
Through selected coursework and research, students may specialize in resource and environmental economics, economic and rural development, agribusiness management and finance, agricultural marketing and prices, farm production management, and international trade and agricultural policy.
A master's degree is awarded upon completion of required coursework with a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in either of two options; a thesis or a non-thesis (research paper) option. For both options at least 15 hours must be at the 500 level.
The thesis option requires satisfactory completion of 30 hours of graduate credit. This includes 9 hours in structured agribusiness economics courses; ABE 500, 571, and 572. Fifteen hours of elective graduate credit are selected based upon recommendation from the agribusiness faculty member directing the student's thesis work. A research component including six hours of ABE 599 and an oral examination is required.
The non-thesis option requires satisfactory completion of 30 hours of graduate credit, including a research component (involving three hours of ABE 593) and oral presentation of the student's research paper. This includes 9 hours in structured agribusiness economics courses; ABE 500, 571, and 572. Eighteen hours of elective graduate credit are selected based upon recommendations from the agribusiness faculty member acting as the student's research paper advisor. Six of these elective hours are selected from structured agribusiness economics courses offered at the 400 level.