About The Department

The agricultural economics curriculum at Purdue University is in the tradition of the Land Grant College philosophy: knowledge for the improvement of the human condition. Sound judgment, rigorous analysis and ability to define and solve problems are the goals of the professional agricultural economist. Our program endeavors to create a challenging environment of scholarship, creativity and freedom of intellectual inquiry.

The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs in Purdue's Department of Agricultural Economics provide excellent preparation for students seeking professional positions in higher education, public service, and private industry. Each program is founded on a strong base in economic theory and quantitative research tools. This training is combined with coursework focusing on applications of theory and analytical methods to problem-solving, in any of the areas of specialization described below. Coursework usually is followed by a research experience that develops the student's ability to apply skills learned in the classroom.

Our graduates receive superb training in their specialty areas, but perhaps more importantly, they learn how to solve social or business problems that cross specialty or even disciplinary lines.

Specialty Areas

Agribusiness Management International Development and Policy
Agricultural Finance International Agricultural Trade
Community Development (M.S. Only) Production Economics
Farm Management (M.S. Only) Resources and the Environment
Industrial Organization and Markets

Space, Health and Population Economics (SHaPE)

Optional Specialization in Computational Science and Engineering for M.S. and Ph.D.


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