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Department of Agricultural Economics (Graduate)

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Department/School Head:

Jayson Lusk

Academic Programs:

Master’s and Ph.D. Programs

The agricultural economics curriculum at Purdue University is in the tradition of the Land Grant College philosophy: knowledge for the improvement of the human condition. Sound judgment, rigorous analysis and ability to define and solve problems are the goals of the professional agricultural economist. Our program endeavors to create a challenging environment of scholarship, creativity, and freedom of intellectual inquiry.


Study towards the master’s and Ph.D. degrees requires instruction in economic theory, quantitative methods and analysis, courses in specialized fields of interest, and completion of research project culminating in a written thesis or dissertation. The Ph.D. degree requires successful completion of a written qualifying exam in microeconomic theory and a written preliminary prospectus exam. Information available here: https://ag.purdue.edu/agecon/Pages/Graduate-Program.aspx

Professional Master’s and Doctoral Programs

We offer a Professional Masters in International Agribusiness, a non-thesis degree that can be completed in three semesters of residence plus the summer. Information is available at https://ag.purdue.edu/agecon/Pages/Professional-Master-of-Science-in-International-Agribusiness.aspx.

Concentrations (Areas of Study):

Agribusiness Management and Marketing
Applied Economics Quantitative Methods
International Trade and International Development Resources
Environment and Sustainable Production

Online/Distance Programs:

Our distance MS/MBA program is jointly administered with the Indiana University Kelly School of Business. It is focused on the unique management challenges faced by managers with food and agribusiness firms. Information is available at http://agribusiness.purdue.edu/degrees/.

Our distance MJ/MS program is jointly administered with the Indiana University McKinney School of Law.  It is focused on management and  legal policy challenges faced by managers with food and agribusiness firms. Information is available at https://ag.purdue.edu/agecon/Pages/aglaw.aspx.

Combined Degree Programs: (Undergraduate Degree / Master’s Degree)

The College of Agriculture offers an integrated degree program that will enable outstanding undergraduates to obtain a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (thesis option) after the successful completion of both degree requirements. The information here: https://ag.purdue.edu/oap/Pages/integratedbsms.aspx

Graduate Certificates (Degree or Non-Degree Students):

Residents of Indiana may apply for enrollment as post-baccalaureate non-degree students if they wish to take graduate-level course work in agricultural economics, but prefer not to be enrolled in a regular degree program.

Regular Graduate Faculty by Rank:


Lionel J. Beaulieu
W. Scott Downey
Ken Foster
Allan W. Gray
Thomas W. Hertel
Michael Langemeier
John G. Lee
Maria I. Marshall
James R. Mintert
Gerald E. Shively
Farzad Taheripour
Brigitte Waldorf
Holly Wang
Nicole Olynk-Widmar

Associate Professor

Joseph V. Balagtas
Michael S. Delgado
Russell Hillberry
Roman M. Keeney
Jacob Ricker-Gilbert
Juan Sesmero
Kwamena Quagrainie
Steven Wu

Assistant Professor

Brady Brewer
Nathan DeLay
Bhagyashree Katare
Todd Kuethe
Meilin Ma
Mindy Mallory
Carson Reeling
Nathanael M Thompson
Ariana P Torres Bravo




      Agricultural Economics

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