Agricultural Economics

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The Ph.D. program is offered through the Agricultural Economics graduate program in cooperation with the Department of Economics. A Ph.D. program of study must have at least 60 credit hours of graduate course work (the credit received for writing an M. S. thesis or report may be used to help meet the 60 credit hour requirements), and 30 hours of research credits are required for the Ph.D. dissertation. A minimum of 24 credit hours of course work on the program of study must be taken at Kansas State University.

The program of study in agricultural economics shall include course work in four branches: economic theory, research methodology, general agricultural economics, and a specialty branch in agricultural economics. The student may choose to list a minor field in addition.

After completing 12 hours of microeconomics and macroeconomics, the student takes qualifying examinations in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. After successfully completing the qualifying examinations and the required courses in agricultural economics, the student takes the preliminary examination in general agricultural economics. After passing the preliminary examination the student is admitted to candidacy.

The candidate prepares a written dissertation proposal including an identification of the problem, a review of relevant literature, and an outline of proposed research procedures to be used. The candidate must satisfactorily defend the proposal in a seminar at least six months before the final Ph.D. oral in which the candidate defends the dissertation.


Economic theory * Mathematical Economics
* Macroeconomic Theory I
* Macroeconomic Theory II
* Advanced Microeconomic Theory I
* Advanced Microeconomic Theory II

Research methodology * Research Methods in Economics
* Quantitative Topics in Agricultural Economics
* Econometrics II

Agricultural economics courses: * Agricultural Demand and Commodity Marketing
* Economics of Agricultural Production


An applicant to the Graduate School at Kansas State University must have a bachelor's degree substantially the same as the ones granted by Kansas State University. That is, it must represent a broad range of courses in the basic academic disciplines. Applicants whose degrees do not meet these standards may be denied admission to graduate degree programs at Kansas State University.

Admission is denied to applicants holding bachelor's degrees with a significant amount of credit for work that was not supervised by a faculty member of an accredited college or university or evaluated in units that identify the academic content. A limited amount of credit for experience, when awarded as an acceptable part of a bachelor's degree for internships, fieldwork, or the like, is not a cause for denial but must be clearly identified as graded work.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79


Most graduate students are able to finance their education with a variety of financial assistance tools specific to graduate school:

* Graduate Assistantships: Funded by individual departments and graduate programs, teaching, research and graduate assistantships are awarded based on a student's ability and promise.
* Graduate Fellowships
* Loans: Loans are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have successfully applied for financial assistance
* Traineeships: Traineeships are offered through the university or departments that have federally supported traineeships.



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Located in a community with nearly 60,000 people and more than 24,000 students, we are able to provide a safe and supportive environment for our students.

Kansas State University has 3 campus locations, two of which, Manhattan and Salina, have complete academic programs and on-campus housing. Olathe is the third and newest extension of the university, focusing on collaborating with industry and Kansas City K-12 schools.


Kansas State University has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools since 1916.

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