College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Agricultural Economics - Graduate

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Dr. Carl Dillon

Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Agricultural Economics

College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

S123 Ag Science – North

Lexington, KY 40546-0091

859-257-3469

Students holding degrees in agricultural economics are employed by academic institutions, local, state, and federal agencies that deal with agriculture, natural resources and economic development; private firms in the agricultural and business sectors; and agencies and governments of foreign countries. These agricultural economists conduct research, develop extension services, teach classes, and serve as managers and administrators in various types of firms and agencies. 

Master's Program Description

Students entering the M.S. program are expected to have at least one course in each of the following areas: intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, calculus, and statistics. An undergraduate degree in economics is advantageous, as is a good background in mathematics. There are no minimum GPA or GRE requirements beyond those of the Graduate School, but such information, along with letters of recommendation, is used qualitatively in the admission decision. 

Doctoral Program Description

Students entering the Ph.D. program are expected to have the following courses: at least a two-course calculus sequence, M.S. level microeconomic theory, M.S. level macroeconomic theory, and statistics theory. Some of these courses may be taken during the student’s first semester. A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline is generally required for entry into the Ph.D. program. In exceptional cases a student may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program with only a Bachelor’s degree. There are no minimum GPA or GRE requirements beyond those of the Graduate School, but such information, along with letters of recommendation, is used qualitatively in the admission decision.

Master's or Doctoral Application Requirements

Agricultural Economics Master's (MS) or Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements
CV Upload Required Yes
CV Instructions N/A
Personal Statement Upload Required Yes
Personal Statement Instructions Please outline the reasons you are applying, your long-term goals, and any background information that might be helpful in assessing your potential for graduate study.
Writing Sample Upload Required No
Writing Sample Instructions N/A
Assistantship App Available* All applicants admitted to our program are considered for funding on a competitive basis, depending on funding available.
Assistantship App URL* N/A
Additional Documents N/A
GRE or GMAT GRE
GRE Subject Test N/A
Spring App Deadline

August 15

Summer App Deadline Applications not accepted.
Fall App Deadline March 15
Number of Recommendations 3 Letters of Recommendation

*Optional - you may upload a blank document, if you do not intend to apply for assistance.

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Admission Officer Contact Information

Mary Richardson

201C Gillis Building
859-257-4618
mrich6@uky.edu


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Dr. Carl Dillon

Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Agricultural Economics

College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

S123 Ag Science – North

Lexington, KY 40546-0091

859-257-3469

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