Master of Science in Agricultural Economics

The Master in Agricultural Economics is a flexible program designed to prepare students for analytical or managerial positions in both public agencies and private businesses, or for Ph.D. studies in economics or business. Most students in the M.S. program enroll in Option I, which includes a thesis, but the department also offers an Option III, which substitutes more intensive work in advanced courses for the thesis.


Admission Requirements

Students admitted for graduate study leading to the M.S. must have completed the following courses or their equivalents:

  • MATH 104 or 106 Calculus for Managerial and Social Sciences (3 semester hours) or Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5 semester hours)
  • STAT 218   Introduction to Statistics (3 semester hours)
  • ECON 311  Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 semester hours)
  • ECON 312  Intermediate Microeconomics (3 semester hours)

Official verification of English proficiency is required for students whose native language is not English. Exemptions are granted for non-native speakers who have received a bachelor's or more advanced degree from a university at which English is the official language of instruction. Additional information on English proficiency requirements and exemptions can be found from the Office of Graduate Studies.

The GRE exam is not required, but is recommend for students requesting financial assistance.

Application Process

Application form: The Graduate Studies Application form is found here. The UNL Office of Graduate Studies will not consider your application complete until the application fee is paid.

Once you've completed an application and received an email from Graduate Studies, submit your other materials though GAMES

  • Statement of goals or objectives, not to exceed one page
  • Resume/vita
  • Three recommendations
  • Any other material you feel would be useful to us
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score (recommended for students applying for assistantships)

To be fully considered for financial assistance, all application materials should be submitted by January 15th.

In general, unless there are extenuating circumstances, we strongly suggest interested candidates to submit applications to begin their graduate program in the fall semester. The M.S. program is based on a set of core courses offered in a sequence and with timing that assumes a fall semester start to the program.

Core Requirements

All M.S. students are required to take the following core courses:

  • AECN 821  Orientation to Research in Agricultural Economics (1 semester hour)
  • AECN 873 Microeconomic Models and Applications (3 semester hours)
  • AECN 815 AECN 815 Analytical Methods in Economics and Business (1 semester hours)
  • AECN 896 Applied Econometrics (4 semester hours)

Students should work with their advisor to determine electives.



Kara Heideman
Program Coordinator
Department of Agricultural Economics
308A Filley Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0922