M.S. Agricultural Economics – Non-Thesis Option
The non-thesis option for our master’s degree in agricultural economics provides professional training for students seeking the skills in management, finance, real estate, entrepreneurship, marketing, policy analysis, and decision-making needed in today’s business world with a focus on the food and fiber industry. Students pursuing the non-thesis option are seeking an applied degree. These graduates often pursue careers in agri-finance, real estate and appraisal, commodity trading, and management. STEM approved program.
- Degree: M.S. Agricultural Economics
- Credit Hours: 36 total credit hours
- Planning Guides with Degree Curriculum
- STEM Approved: International students are eligible for the 24-Month Stem Extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Texas A&M University is the premier choice to gain a graduate degree, thanks to our national academic ranking and high financial value. Joining the Aggie Family and gaining an advanced degree from Texas A&M puts you in the highest class of job candidates.
What Do I Need to Apply?
- NOTE: GRE scores are no longer required for the AGEC Master of Science Program
- Minimum GPR of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, or 3.25 in 30 hours or more of graduate work.
- Application through the Texas A&M University GraduateCAS system
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Statement of Purpose
- Three letters of recommendation, submitted online with your application.
- Official transcripts and records, sent to the Office of Admissions.
Official TOEFL scores are required for international applicants. Official scores must be sent by ETS directly to Texas A&M University using the school code: 6003. Visit the Graduate and Professional School website for a list of requirements, exemptions and other useful information regarding the TOEFL/IELTS Exams.
Fall 2023 Application Deadlines
- March 13, 2023 – Priority Deadline for Funding Consideration
- June 30, 2023 – Application Portal Close
Students will receive an admissions decision either in a letter from the Texas A&M University Office of Admissions or from the department.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
By submitting an application, all students are considered for departmental funding opportunities. To be considered for additional funding opportunities outside of the department, students are encouraged to submit the financial aid application and a scholarship application, along with their graduate school application. This ensures students are reviewed for all the types of financial aid that you are eligible for. Remember: each student’s financial aid eligibility may vary. The types of financial aid you are offered is based on the data provided on your financial aid and/or scholarship application. The Master of Agribusiness program does a competitive scholarship review of all admission applications and funding offers are made, based on eligibility and available funds each year. If a student is an international or out-of-state resident and receives a competitive scholarship of at least $1,000, they may qualify for a non-resident tuition waiver.
Students planning on entering the master’s program in the Department of Agricultural Economics should prepare themselves by completing the following study in math, statistics and economics.
MATH 142: Business Calculus
This course covers limits and continuity; techniques and applications of derivatives including curve sketching and optimization; techniques and applications of integrals; emphasis on applications in business, economics, and social sciences.
STAT 303: Statistical Methods
Intended for undergraduates in the social sciences. Introduction to concepts of random sampling and statistical inference, estimation and testing hypotheses of means and variances, analysis of variance, regression analysis, chi-square tests.
ECON 323: Microeconomics Theory
This course covers determination of prices and their role in directing consumption, production and distribution under both competitive and non-competitive market situations.
ECON 410: Macroeconomic Theory
Theory of the determination of aggregate levels of national income, employment and prices; monetary and fiscal policy analysis, effects of government debt and deficits.
Please direct all admissions questions to:
AGEC Graduate Program Administration
Professor and Associate Head for Graduate Programs
Graduate Program Coordinator - Agricultural Economics