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Michigan State University — Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Program Type:
Master's International
Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Degrees Awarded:
Agricultural Economics (MS)
Admissions Deadlines:

Applications are encouraged by January 31 for the following Fall semester.

Admissions Cycle:

Review of applications from December to May for fall semester.

Program Start:
Fall (end of August)
Program Founded:
April, 2006


The department has a global reputation for high-quality M.S. and Ph.D. programs designed for students with academic, government, or private sector career interests. The strength of the graduate program derives from a diverse and outstanding group of faculty and students, and an extensive and well-funded research and outreach program. Department faculty and students include many returned Peace Corps volunteers.

Peace Corps MI students can earn up to 6 credits for independent study courses related to their Peace Corps service or master's research. They are eligible for department and university funding assistantships, fellowships, and travel or research support and for needs-based federal financial aid.


The Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics offers these diverse areas of study, to prepare graduates for a wide variety of careers:


    • Development economics
    • Environmental and resource economics
    • Food and agribusiness management
    • Food and agricultural markets



Admissions criteria include ability to complete the degree requirements successfully and in a reasonable time period; match between the applicant's background and interests and the department's research, teaching, and outreach programs; and contribution to the diversity and balance of our overall graduate program.


  • Previous training in economics, mathematics, and statistics is required. Students without this training may apply, but may be requited to take preparatory courses in these topics prior to receiving regular admission.
  • Students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 = best scale) in their undergraduate program.
  • Students must take the general test of the Graduate Record Examination. There are no minimum scores, but admissions prospects are enhanced by scores above 600 for verbal and 700 for quantitative.
  • Applicants must include a statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation.
  • Previous research or work experience that is relevant to your proposed area of interest is desirable but not essential.


For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Dr. Eric W. Crawford

Department of Agricultural Economics
446 W. Circle Drive, Room 208
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1039

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