The Ph.D. degree in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics equips students with a strong foundation in microeconomic theory, econometric methods, and analytical tools for applied microeconomics. A major field provides specialized training in one of three major areas of emphasis. Graduates proceed to careers in academia, research institutes, government, and business.
- Ph.D. students establish competency in the fields of microeconomic theory and econometric methods (courses taught in the Department of Economics), applied microeconomics, and a major field in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
- Major fields are offered in Development Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, and Food and Agricultural Economics. Students with an interest in regional economics and/or state and local government policy select a major field based on their area of specific interest. Each student works with his or her guidance committee to develop a course program that supports the student’s long-term career goals and meets degree requirements.
- Written qualifying examinations are required in microeconomic theory and econometrics.
- By the end of their third year, students are required to produce and present an original paper. The original research component, which must go beyond a literature review, should be sufficiently well-developed to convince the student’s research paper committee that the paper is publishable. Evaluation of the written paper and oral presentation constitutes the student’s comprehensive exam for the Ph.D.
- After passing the qualifying and comprehensive exams, students proceed to defend a dissertation research proposal, complete the dissertation, and defend it at a final oral examination.
Students typically complete the Ph.D. degree in four to five years. Full details on Ph.D. degree requirements are available in the Department’s Graduate Policy and Program Handbook.