We offer highly-ranked M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, as well as dual degree options.

Ph.D. students receive advanced training in microeconomic theory and econometric methods, and select one of three major fields in:

Students with an interest in regional economics and state and local government policy select a major field based on their area of specific interest. 

Masters students study courses in these same areas, but do not select a specific major field, so the M.S. program has additional flexibility. 

For a full list of graduate course offerings, students can access class schedules by logging into the Student Information System at

AFRE/MSU's graduate preparation enables students to investigate a wide range of issues affecting not only the domestic and international producers, processors, and marketers of agricultural and natural resource products, but also the rural and urban populations who depend on these products and on broader environmental services.

All AFRE graduate degree programs (M.S., Ph.D., and dual major) are STEM-designated degree programs (CIP code 45.0603).

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See details in our Graduate Policy and Program Handbook

For information on admissions requirements and procedures, please see our Applying & Visiting page.

For general information, please contact: 

Nicole Mason-Wardell

Nicole Mason-Wardell

Associate Chairperson, Graduate Program Director, and Associate Professor
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

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