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A master's degree in Agricultural Economics prepares students for careers in agribusiness, consulting firms, financial institutions, government, non-governmental organizations or for more advanced graduate work. Opportunities will vary depending upon the student’s choice of specialty areas, and more details may be found under Specialty Areas.
Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the following five (5) prerequisite areas. These prerequisites may be satisfied by courses taken in prior degree programs, or courses may be taken at Purdue University without credit. Since progress towards the M.S. degree can be delayed by incomplete preparation (especially in mathematics), students are encouraged to complete prerequisites prior to enrollment at Purdue. Students are expected to complete these prerequisites as early as possible in their program and no later than second semester of resident study.
- Principles of Economics (micro and macro theory equivalent to ECON 251/252)
- Mathematics (differential calculus for M.S., Ph.D. students also should have mutlivariate and integral calculus) MA 223/224)
- Computer Science (equivalent to CS 145)
- Statistics (equivalent to STAT 301/501/511)
- Knowledge of Matrix Algebra