Graduate Study

Wheat field outside of Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, P.R. China, 2009

“The agricultural economics department at Purdue has given me a world-class graduate education, the resources to develop myself professionally, and a chance to travel the world. As a MS student, I had the unique opportunity to conduct an emerging market study in China to help American producers find new outlets for their products. Along with my advisor (H. Holly Wang), I have travelled to China to interview consumers, producers and government officials. My advisor as well as the faculty within the department has been supportive of my research ideas and instrumental in helping me execute my research plans. It was the collaborative nature of the department, in addition to the top-notch faculty and their commitment to applied research, which influenced me to pursue a doctoral degree in agricultural economics.

The PhD program has given me the flexibility to continue my research interest in China, while allowing me to work on other projects ranging from domestic agribusiness issues to the determinants of global corruption. As part of my doctoral program, I’ve had the opportunity to conduct field work in China, teach in Inner Mongolia and conduct applied research in Australia. I highly recommend graduate studies in agricultural economics at Purdue to anyone looking for a program where they can grow intellectually and pursue their research aspirations.”

-David L. Ortega

With local farmer at Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan Province, P.R. China, 2009

About the Department

The Department of Agricultural Economics is dedicated to the education and training of professional applied economists in the analysis of current problems of society for the improvement of human welfare.learn more


Our graduate programs leading towards master's and doctor of philosophy degrees in Agricultural Economics are currently accepting applications for admissions.learn more

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for study towards both the master's and Ph.D. degrees.learn more

Specialty Areas

Students can specialize their studies in several areas including agribusiness management, agricultural finance, community development, farm management, industrial organization and markets, international development and policy, international trade, production economics, resources and the environment, and computational science and engineering.learn more

Master's Programs

Students completing the program of study towards a master's degree will receive instruction in intermediate economic theory, quantitative methods and policy analysis, as well as elective courses in their area of interest.learn more

Ph. D. Program

Students completing the program of study towards a Ph.D. degree will receive instruction in advanced economic theory, quantitative methods, and practical application of theory and methods, as well as elective courses in their area of interest.learn more


The dual MS-MBA program is an integrated, degree-granting program of advanced study in management and is focused on the unique management challenges faced by managers with food and agribusiness firms. It is aimed to further develop the managerial abilities of future leaders in the food and agricultural industries featuring two world leaders in management and agribusiness- Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and Purdue University's College of Agriculture .learn more


Students come to Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics from around the world with 40-50 percent of graduate students coming from outside the United States.learn more

Life at Purdue

The facilities of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University are exceptional. The Department has a goal of providing graduate students the resources they need to be highly productive in their educational pursuits. In addition, Purdue has an active campus with many curricular and extracurricular activities available throughout the year. The campus is situated in the Greater Lafayette area, which is a vital community offering many options.learn more

Contact Us

For more information, contact us by e-mail, phone, mail or fax.learn more

Current Students

Current graduate students can access a number of University services through this link.learn more

Request For information

If you are interested in becoming a Purdue Graduate Student, please take the time to fill out the information at this site. This will help us with the application process. learn more


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