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Department of Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Economics Major

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Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics
127 credit hours

Agricultural economics is the study of the economic factors affecting agricultural production, food consumption, commodity marketing, farm management, natural resource use and management, agricultural finance and agricultural trade. Students must complete university general education requirements as specified by the College of Agriculture.

View our curriculum guides for an over view of courses that agricultural economics students will take.
View the undergraduate catalog for details about these courses.
View our undergraduate recruitment brochure as a PDF or in an online viewer format.


Concurrent B.S./M.S. in Agricultural Economics


Offered through the Agricultural Economics program, students may obtain the M.S. in either the thesis or non-thesis options, in either Agribusiness or Agricultural Economics.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
•The student must be seeking a B.S. degree from the Department of Agricultural Economics.
•The student must have completed AGEC 120, AGEC 500, AGEC 505, STAT 325 (or equivalent), and six additional hours of agricultural economics courses. Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to entering their senior year.
•The student’s cumulative undergraduate GPA must be at least 3.5.

Process
Applicants should follow the K-State Graduate School application process. The application form can be found on the Department’s website. Required elements of the application include:
•The K-State graduate application form, which should be completed on-line with the appropriate application fee.
•A brief cover letter and a 2-page statement of objectives for graduate study. •Three letters of reference.
•Transcript(s) of all undergraduate work completed at the time of application.
•The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to the graduate program.

Applicants without the GRE may be admitted on a probationary basis, but will be required to take the GRE.

Applications are evaluated by the Department’s Graduate Committee, which will provide a recommendation to the Director of Graduate Studies about an applicant’s suitability for the program.

Program Formats and Guidelines
Once admitted to the concurrent B.S./M.S degree program, the student should consult the graduate handbook (http://www.k-state.edu/grad/graduate-handbook/) and the Department’s guidelines for graduate programs (available at the Department website) for policies regarding supervisory committee, program of study, final examination, etc. The successful applicant should identify a major professor within two semesters of admission to the program.

The B.S. degree may be awarded at any time following the completion of the undergraduate degree requirements. Alternatively, the B.S. and M.S. degrees may be awarded concurrently. Students in the concurrent program must complete all undergraduate requirements with the exception that up to 9 credit hours of AGEC classes taken for graduate credit can count toward the undergraduate degree. Those graduate credits can only be used as unrestricted electives in the undergraduate degree.


Undergraduate Program Information

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Christine Wilson
Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs
314 Waters Hall
Phone: 785.532.4433
cwilson1@ksu.edu

Cherie Hodgson
Academic Program Coordinator
343 Waters Hall
Phone: 785.532.4559
chodgson@k-state.edu

Graduate Program Information

For information regarding our on-campus Master's degree, please contact:

Dr. Sean Fox
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
218 Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785.532.4446
seanfox@ksu.edu

Undergraduate Program Information

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Christine Wilson
Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs
314 Waters Hall
Phone: 785.532.4433
cwilson1@ksu.edu

Cherie Hodgson
Academic Program Coordinator
343 Waters Hall
Phone: 785.532.4559
chodgson@k-state.edu