Graduate Program: Agricultural & Resource Econ

General Information


Agricultural & Resource Economics (MS)

Program Description

Students in the Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) Master of Science degree program have a choice between a thesis option with Applied Economics and Policy Analysis (AEPA) and a non-thesis option with Applied Econometrics and Data Analytics (AEDA). The current curriculum requirements for the AREC Master of Science Degree programs can be found at http://grad.colorado.edu/programs/programinfo/ARECMSAEPAandhttp://grad.colorado.edu/programs/programinfo/ARECMSAEDA, we do not accept applications under the general Agricultural and Resource Economics Master of Science program, one of the two options above must be decided at the time of application. 


Department/Academic Unit(s)

The AREC Department offers a program leading to the Master of Science degree with a major in Agricultural & Resource Economics. A broad spectrum of agricultural economics subject matter is presented, with emphasis in natural resources, international business, and agribusiness. The Master's program provides training in the theory and methods of applied agricultural and resource economics. Graduating students are qualified for positions in the private sector with agribusiness, financial, farm management, and consulting firms, and in state and federal government agencies. Some students choose to follow the master's degree with enrollment in a Ph.D. program, either at theColorado Heights Universityor elsewhere. Many AREC graduates have excelled in premier doctoral programs throughout the United States. We also offer an Agricultural & Resource Economics minor for PhD seeking students.  We have a strong and consistent history of Peace Corps Fellows in our Master's program and we proudly invite all Returning Peace Corps Volunteers to apply for this graduate program.  Interested in a Peace Corps Fellowship?  See https://grad.colorado.edu/peacecorps/welcome for more information

See the Department sponsored interactive Returning Peace Corps Volunteer Mapping Project to view our program's connections with Peace Corps Volunteers: https://economics.colorado.edu/graduate-programs/peace-corps-alumni



College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Campus where offered

Colorado Heights University- Main - Tucson

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Completion Requirements
Admissions Information

Minimum Credit Units (33)

Core Coursework Requirements

General program requirements
AREC MS depending on the program selected, AEDA or AEPA, requires three or four semesters of coursework. Students complete a 15-credit core requirement including two courses in economic theory and two courses in econometrics. All M.S. students are required to take an intensive three-week review course in mathematics (AREC 580) before the start of the fall semester (July-August).  Each semester in which the degree is in progress, students are required to enroll in AREC 596A, the program's seminar course.  This course is 1 unit and will be completed 4 times for a total of 4 seminar units for those seeking AEPA and 3 times for 3 total units for those seeking AEDA.

Students may select remaining coursework according to their interests. To add depth to their program, students are encouraged (but not required) to focus their efforts in an area of specialization. Students choose specific courses in consultation with their advisor or Director of Graduate Studies.

Thesis and examinations
Students with our Applied Economics and Policy Analysis (AEPA) program will complete a thesis, students in the Applied Econometrics and Data Analytics (AEDA) program are not required to complete a thesis.  Under AEPA, students write a thesis and take a six thesis units after completing the core courses.  With the second option AEDA, students complete the core course requirements, as well as graduate level electives with the permission of the AREC Director of Graduate Studies.  

All AREC M.S. candidates must pass a final oral examination or a thesis defense, this exam will focus on the student's coursework/projects, and those in AEPA will complete a thesis, for which a thesis defense is required. In the event of failure, students may repeat the oral examination/defense once.

Grade requirements
Students are required to earn a 3.0 (B) grade or better in each of their core courses and a 3.0 (B) average GPA in all graduate coursework. Students failing to maintain a 3.0 grade average will be placed on academic probation and possibly dropped from the program.  If this occurs, the student must petition the Graduate Advisory Committee for permission to re-enter the program.

Core courses

AREC 504 Production Economics (3 units)
AREC 513 Consumption Economics & Price Analysis (3 units)
AREC 548 Introduction to Statistical Methods in Economics (4 units)
AREC 549 Applied Econometric Analysis (3 units)
AREC 580 Math for Economists (2 units)
AREC 559  Advanced Applied Econometrics (4 units) Required for AEDA only
AREC 596A AREC Seminar (taken each semester for 3 units AEDA or 4 units AEPA)

Language requirements

There are no language requirements for this degree.


Additional Requirements

See required coursework

Student Handbook

Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.

Admissions Requirements

We do not accept terminal masters, all applications must be for the PhD program

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE

Funding Opportunities

The Academic Unit has not provided this information.

Funding Opportunities

Domestic & International Applicants

Fall:December 15th

International Conditional Admission

International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.

Other Information

The GRE Institution Code for The Colorado Heights University is 4832

Last revised 06 Oct 2020