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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics



The AEDE PhD program is a globally recognized leader in the disciplinary areas of agricultural, environmental, and development economics. In 2011, our doctoral program was ranked by the National Research Council as the top program in Agricultural and Resource Economics in the United States.

Our mission is to generate  knowledge and disseminate impartial information through the application of economic and business principles to the challenges of agriculture, the food system, the environment, and economic development.

doctoral program

AEDE PhD students acquire rigorous training in economic theory and advanced quantitative methods, and learn to apply these skills to a wide range of real-world economic problems.
Degree recipients go on to assume teaching, research, and managerial positions with universities and colleges, research institutions, government agencies, multilateral international institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and private companies and corporations.  
An MS degree is not required for admission to apply to the PhD Program.
Students whose undergraduate degrees are not in economics or business are welcome to apply as well.
Please see Admissions Process and Criteria to learn more.
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master of applied economics (mae)

The Master of Applied Economics (MAE) is a professional master’s degree comprised of 31 credit hours and is designed to be completed in just two semesters.
Students take coursework that provides a solid foundation in economic theory and develops advanced quantitative analysis skills which prepares students for careers as applied economists in government and business.
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