Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics

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At Nebraska, you can create the future you want. Our Ph.D. program gives you the tools to do more. One-on-one faculty membership helps you grow as a student, a researcher and a citizen. Our students collaborate with each other, across disciplines and across the world.

Do big things at Nebraska.

How to Apply


  • A master's degree with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students without a master’s degree will also be considered but they must have completed core requirements for the master's degree in agricultural economics.

Graduate Studies' admission policies


  • Master's level microeconomics 
  • Master's level macroeconomics 
  • Master's level econometrics 
  • Calculus I, II, and III 

Field courses in areas of interest are recommended but not required.

Other Information

  • 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.


In addition to Graduate Studies' requirements. We require:
  • 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
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Diya Ganguly, Ph.D. Student

There is a wonderful sense of being truly welcomed and made to feel at home by everyone I have met on campus and everyone in my department.

What You'll Learn


All doctoral students take
  • ECON 912A and 912B - Advanced Microeconomics I & II
  • ECON 912A and 912B - Advanced Macroeconomics I & II
  • ECON 917, 918, and 919 - Econometrics I, II & III
  • STAT 882 - Mathematical Statics I-Distribution Theory
  • Two courses from the AECN 901 block (6 credit hours)
  • Two courses from the AECN 902 block (6 credit hours)
In addition to the core requirements, Ph.D. students are expected to:
  • Prepare a department or a conference presentation (or paper) before the fourth year begins
  • Have a paper submitted to a peer-reviewed journal before graduating

Credit Hour Requirements

  • At least 90 credit hours, including 12 to 55 hours of dissertation research
  • At least half of the graduate work, including the dissertation, will be completed in the department
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Simanti Banerjee, Associate Professor

I was drawn to UNL’s strong agricultural focus, its membership in the prestigious Big 10 Conference, UNL’s location in the State Capital where it is close to various stakeholder agencies, and the professional and social camaraderie within my department and IANR.


At Nebraska, you'll find a community of students and faculty ready to help you succeed. The three-part mission of a land grant institution means you have access to researcher, teachers and extension specialists.


Faculty research is concentrated in five areas:

Current Students

Our master's students come from across the world and right here in Nebraska. The diverse experiences and backgrounds of our students enrich our program. We encourage collaboration and value the contributions of our master's students to our department.


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Badri Khanal, Ph.D. Student

UNL feels like a home away from home. Lincoln has a very welcoming community for international students. 

Funding and Cost

Graduate Tuition and Fees

For current graduate tuition and fee structure and rates, go to:


Graduate research assistantships are the most common form of financial assistance. A GRA consists of a stipend and benefits. Tuition is waived for students on assistantships, but fees of approximately $1,200/year must be paid by all students. A major portion of the fee for student health insurance is included in GRAs.

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 grant or other funding to support graduate students. More information

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Kofi Britwum, Ph.D. alumnus

I appreciate having advisers/professors who saw in me what I didn't see in myself, and nurtured me to become an independent researcher and an academic.