Agricultural and Applied Economics Graduate Program Admissions

Admission Requirements

The prerequisite for graduate study is ordinarily a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts degree in economics, agricultural economics, or a related field. Applicants with insufficient background in economics or agricultural economics may be required to take undergraduate courses without graduate credit.

For admission into the M.S. program, applicants must have a minimum of nine hours of economics or agricultural economics, plus courses in statistics and differential calculus.

For admission into the Ph.D. program, the prerequisites are intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, quantitative or mathematical economics, econometrics or regression and correlation analysis, statistics and differential calculus. A master's degree in economics, agricultural economics, or a related field, is preferred but not required for admittance into the Ph.D. program. However, Ph.D. students without a master's degree will be admitted initially into the master's program with the expectation that they complete the degree before continuing with their doctoral studies.

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.

Applications should be submitted by February 15 for Fall enrollment and by September 15 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

Back to Top