Agricultural and Applied Economics Graduate Program Admissions

Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements for admission into the M.S. or Ph.D. program are a Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) or equivalent and undergraduate GPA 3.0. Applicants should also take the GRE or GMAT exams (successful applicants generally score above the 50 percentile in the verbal and quantitative portions of the test). For applicants to the MS program whose first language is not English, the minimum TOEFL is 80 (internet-based).

For admission into the M.S. program, course prerequisites are (1) two courses in economics, agricultural economics or equivalent, (2) a course in differential calculus, and (3) a statistics course. If you have limited background in agricultural economics, you may be required to take certain courses without graduate credit (regardless of the course number) to correct these deficiencies.

For admission into the Ph.D. program, course prerequisites are (1) two courses in economics, agricultural economics or equivalent, (2) a course in differential calculus, and (3) a statistics course. Students applying to the PhD program with a Masters degree should also have courses in (1) Intermediate microeconomics, (2) Intermediate macroeconomics, and (3) Econometrics or regression and correlation analysis. If you have not met these prerequisites, you may be required to correct these deficiencies before being formally admitted into the program.

Application Process

Prospective students need to complete a department application (PDF), obtain letters of recommendation (PDF), and write a short essay explaining why they want to study agricultural economics at the University of Missouri. Official transcripts are required. Applicants also need to complete the online graduate studies application and, for international students, complete an international student application.

Requests for financial assistance should be made at the time students apply for admittance into the program.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of applicants whose first language is not English, with minimum scores of 550 if paper-based, 213 if computer-based and 80 if internet-based. (Applicants who obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from the U.S. or Canada are usually waived from taking the TOEFL.) To report your GRE and TOEFL scores, use MU's code of 6875.

For priority consideration, applications should be submitted by February 1 for Fall enrollment and September 1 for Spring enrollment.

What is life like in Columbia, Missouri?

Columbia is a fast-growing city with a population of nearly 100,000. The University of Missouri-Columbia, Stephens College, Columbia College and seven hospitals make it the state's educational and health care center. Two large insurance companies maintain offices in Columbia, and the city's central location in the state has attracted many commercial, industrial and service offices.

Columbia offers outstanding opportunities to enjoy cultural and recreational activities. Concerts, plays and other productions are presented throughout the year at the city's three campuses. There are a wide variety of restaurants, including Chinese, Thai, Greek and Italian. Columbia is a two-hour drive from metropolitan Kansas City and St. Louis, and is near the Lake of the Ozarks, a major U.S. recreational area.

What housing is available for students?

University-owned housing is available for single and married students. Excellent housing is also available off campus. For more information, see the Residential Life Web site.

For More Information

Contact Harvey James, director of Graduate Studies, at

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