UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Graduate Handbook

Overview of Graduate Program

We offer programs of graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.), joint M.S. and M.B. A., and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). This page summarizes each program and its requirements. The Official Agricultural & Resource Economics Degree Requirements include more detail.

If this is your first visit to our web page, you will find key information about our program in this on-line Graduate Handbook, including the program philosophy, application procedures, financial aid, and course offerings. For students currently enrolled in the graduate program, this handbook should provide you with all the relevant information about expectations, procedures, and requirements to be met as you make your way toward your degree objective.

The M.S. Program

The M.S. degree is both an end in itself and a preparation for the Ph.D. degree. The Master’s program includes courses emphasizing applications of economic theory and quantitative methods, along with elective field courses. It is usually completed in a year of study, and prepares students for jobs in industry and government. Although an option, a thesis is not required. Around 20 M.S. students enter each year, several of whom continue on to Ph.D. programs in economics - including a few who continue in our own Ph.D. program.

The M.S./M.B.A. Joint Program

The joint M.S. and M.B.A. degree program is offered in conjunction with the Graduate School of Management.  This program combines a course of study similar to the regular M.S. program with a complementary regimen of M.B.A. courses, similar to the regular M.B.A. program, but with some savings in requirements and some synergy.  This dual-degree program provides strong preparation for a range of employment opportunities in California and business-oriented industries.  Similarly, joint degrees are possible with other programs.  For instance, students have recently completed M.S. programs in Agricultural Economics in conjunction with other M.S. programs (such as International Agricultural Development) or other Ph.D. programs (such as Ecology, Engineering, Sociology, or Transportation Technology and Policy).

The Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program provides intensive training in modern economic theory, econometrics, and mathematical programming, with elective fields such as natural resource and environmental economics, development economics, agricultural economics, and econometrics. Complementary fields in other areas of economics and management are also available. It is typically a four or five year course of study that prepares graduates for jobs in academia, government, near-government organizations, and the private sector. About 12-14 new Ph.D. students enter each year.

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