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Agricultural Economics

Master's in Agricultural Economics

The Master of Science in agricultural economics degree program stresses the development of superior professional competence suited to the demands of the modern business, academic, government, and research environments.
The OSU Department of Agricultural Economics has a long tradition of being one of the more relevant and applied departments in the country with a focus is on solving problems. The department has an environment conducive to considerable interaction among students and where students interact regularly with faculty.


There are three options available in the agricultural economics MS degree program: 30 credit hours, including six credit hours for a thesis; 32 credit hours, including two credit hours for a formal report; and 33 credit hours of course work and an informal report.


Students holding an assistantship are required to write a thesis. The primary opportunity for differentiation and specialization by students on assistantship is through development of a research project and choice of electives.


Students not writing a thesis will have more hours of electives and will be able to specialize through their selection of courses.


The student's ability to understand the concepts and to use the tools of the agricultural economist are more important than mastery of factual details. Students must take a final oral examination. This examination tests the student's understanding of economic principles and methods, as well as their application to real-world situations.


Research and Faculty

The research program in the OSU Department of Agricultural Economics aims to create practical, empirical knowledge that will increase the efficiency and productivity of Oklahoma agriculture and rural communities and the well-being of Oklahomans. Through collaborations in interdisciplinary projects, we make significant contributions to the research literature in many disciplines.


Meet our Departmental Faculty



The application requirements for the agricultural economics graduate degree program in the OSU Department of Agricultural Economics are as follows:

  • Submit an application for admission to the OSU Graduate College.
  • Provide original transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Provide three recommendation writer names and email addresses in the application.
    • Recommendation writers may upload their recommendation into the application. Recommendations should be completed by individuals familiar with your academic performance.
  • (Optional) To apply for an assistantship, complete the assistantship information in the application.
    • For best consideration for assistantships, applications should be submitted by January 5 for fall admission and July 1 for spring admission.
  • Provide a statement of purpose and résumé.
  • Provide GRE scores. Institute code 6546, Department code 0101.
  • (International Students only) Provide TOEFL/IELTS scores. Institute code 6546, Dept. code 99.

Please submit all the required documents by uploading the documents into the application for admission.


Cost and Assistance

Many students help finance graduate education through part-time, paid employment as a graduate assistant. As a graduate assistant, you can expand and apply your knowledge and skills under the supervision of faculty or staff. After admission by the Graduate College, a student who is making satisfactory progress toward a graduate degree may be appointed to an assistantship.

The OSU Department of Agricultural Economics awards a number of research and teaching assistantships each year. Stipends for these assistantships are reviewed annually and adjusted as needed. Stipend rates are competitive with those of other outstanding agricultural economics departments. Students who are sufficiently employed as teaching or research assistants and are sufficiently enrolled are eligible for tuition waivers.


Cost and Aid

Assistantships and Funding Opportunities

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