Graduate Programs: Academic Programs
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University offers a variety of programs which can be tailored to students' own interests and future career goals. As an overall top-20 program in our discipline, the department offers strong training in both theoretical and applied microeconomics, and students work closely with their advisors on applied research projects. Most of our graduate students have ample opportunity to publish written works before finishing their degrees, and many publish jointly in peer-reviewed journals with faculty before graduation. All of our tenured faculty members have won teaching awards, and many have been recognized for outstanding contributions in research and extension. Our students go on to fill positions in the private and public sectors, including consulting, government agencies, and higher education.
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics offers a Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, as well as a Master of Agriculture (M.A.) program. For specific information about program requirements, choose a specific degree program under "Academic Programs" or choose the appropriate link above.
Acceptance into the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics program is determined by an internal committee of faculty that reviews the information provided (such as transcripts, GRE scores, statement of purpose, and at least three letters of recommendation). The Graduate School at the University level requires an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0) and a Bachelor’s degree for domestic students, with similar requirements plus a minimum TOEFL score (if applicable) for international students. These requirements can be waived in exceptional circumstances. See the Graduate and Professional Bulletin for more information from the Graduate School.
In general, the chances of admission and funding increase with a strong economic and mathematics background (especially differential calculus and econometrics), a specific statement of purpose indicating your objectives in graduate school and why you are considering Colorado State University, good letters of recommendation, and high GRE scores.
Maintaining Good Standing
The Graduate School has specific requirements that must be met during the course of graduate study at Colorado State University. Among these are the maintenance of 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA for regular course work and satisfactory progress towards the completion of a degree. Specifics can be found in the Graduate School Procedures and Requirements for All Graduate Degrees. In addition, the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics has several additional requirements depending on the program of study. Choose a specific degree program under "Academic Programs" for more details.
The department has a number of assistantships, scholarships, hourly employment, and outside employment opportunities. For more details, navigate to the Assistantships/Funding Opportunities page.
The department has limited funding available for prospective student site visits under some circumstances. To inquire, please contact , the graduate coordinator.
Applying to CSU DARE
See our Apply to CSU DARE page for information regarding application procedures.