Agricultural and Resource Economics

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 4.03 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 18 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:5882 Duration:48 months

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The major in Agricultural and Resource Economics provides a rigorous education in economic theory and quantitative methods applied to agriculture and resource management. Students develop analytical and critical-thinking skills, and are well prepared for careers in agricultural policy analysis, natural resource stewardship, or future graduate study.

The curriculum emphasizes:

1) Economic theory

2) Agricultural Economics

3) Quantitative methods

4) Agricultural and Biological Science electives

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in agricultural economics or related fields are well prepared with an agricultural and resource economics degree. In addition, students have found success with careers in agricultural policy analysis, environmental research, international trade, and agricultural finance.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June for Fall semester; November for Spring semester Tuition fee
  • USD 4031 Year (National)
  • USD 18044 Year (International)
Start date January,September 2015 Credits 120
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Major Core Coursework Economic Theory
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
Agricultural Economics
  • Farm and Ranch Management
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Agricultural Policy
  • Capstone elective
Quantitative Methods
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Calculus
  • Mathematical Economics
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (ABS) electives
  • Students will take two courses from another discipline within the ABS College
Support Courses
  • Accounting I
  • Accounting II
  • Technical Communication

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 5.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

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  • Applicants should have an above average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" average (2.60 out of 4.00), or be in the top 60% of their class with suitable academic preparation for the intended major.
  • The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), while not required, is encouraged and strongly recommended for freshman applicants. Students who graduated from U.S. high schools must submit an SAT score.
  • Academic Transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All upper secondary school-level work need to be demonstrated through your transcripts. It is common for applicants to submit transcripts prior to completion of their final year of secondary school. If you must submit transcripts prior to completion, please indicate your expected graduation date.
  • Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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