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- A four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- An equivalent degree as evaluated by the Office of Graduate Studies.
- We accept students from a variety of majors as long as the prerequisites have been satisfied.
- Introductory integral and differential calculus (Sample Course)
- Intermediate microeconomics (Sample Course)
- Intermediate macroeconomics (Sample Course)
- Statistics (Sample Course)
We do not have grade or G.P.A. requirements. However, the master's program builds on the skills learned in these courses so grades in these courses are an important part of the admission decision.
We may occasionally provisionally admit students of exceptional potential or ability who are deficient in one or more of these prerequisites. However, the course(s) must be completed before beginning the program.
- The GRE is not required but is recommended for students seeking an assistantship.
- If your native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required. Graduate Studies determines exemptions from this requirement.
- You do not need to contact a faculty member to be considered for admission or an assistantship.
- A one-page statement of purpose. It should explain why you want to pursue a graduate degree and describe your interests.
- Three letters of recommendation. We recommend at least two of these letters are from faculty members who can describe your academic abilities.
- Resume or curriculum vitae
Shane Roberts, M.S. student
Make sure your letter writers have enough time to write their letters of recommendation.
Grant Gardner, M.S. alumnus
Take the GRE early and get it out of the way. It is a difficult test and takes time to study for. You may want to take it more than once.
- AECN 873 - Microeconomic models and applications, 3 credits (Recent Syllabus)
- AECN 896 - Econometrics, 4 credits
- AECN 896 - Math preparation, 1 credit
- AECN 821 - Orientation to research, 1 credit
Students work with their adviser to determine a program of study. Agricultural economics courses may be complemented with courses in other departments.
Economics, statistics, and math courses are popular choices. Students have also taken courses in areas like natural resources, political science, agronomy and survey research.
ThesisNearly all of our students complete a thesis. It provides an opportunity to delve deeper into a topic of interest and explore economic questions. Our recent graduates' thesis work is available here.
Credit Hour Requirements
|Option I (thesis)||Option III (non-thesis)|
|Total credit hours||30||36|
|Coursework credit hours||20-24||36|
|Thesis credit hours||6-10||Not available|
|Graduate-only credit hours||8, plus thesis hrs||18|
|Minor||Optional, 9 hrs||Not available|
Emmanouil Petrakis, M.S. alumnus
Great classes; I learned a lot. They are demanding but so is life!
Eric Coufal, M.S. alumnus
My degree helped me analyze market conditions in order to make realistic decisions for helping farmers discover profitable marketing decisions.
Zhengzheng Gao, M.S. alumna
My favorite thing about the department is the friendly environment.
Kara Zimmerman, M.S. student
The faculty in this department are all very friendly and continuously let you know they are there to help you in any way they can.
Graduate Tuition and Fees
For current graduate tuition and fee structure and rates, go to: https://studentaccounts.unl.edu/graduate-tuition
Each year, we receive funding from the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Agricultural Research Division for GRAs. These are not tied to a specific research project but support the research needs of the department and institute. There is no separate application for assistantships and applicants do not need to contact a faculty member to be considered.
Faculty often have grants or other funding to support graduate students. More information
Emmanouil Petrakis, M.S. alumnus
My assistantship helped me grow as a person and as a professional by following deadlines, working as a member of a team, and acquiring knowledge outside classes.
Paloch Suchato, M.S. alumnus
Assistantship provide an opportunity to learn how to conduct academic research, how to work as team and how to take research initiative.