We are the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) at the University of Arizona and we offer two Master of Science (M.S.) programs. Graduate studies in our two M.S. programs will provide you with superb training in agricultural and resource economics. Our faculty are fully committed to engaging you in learning as much as possible during your graduate studies here. Our faculty and alumni have won various teaching, research, and thesis awards, testifying to the high quality of our graduate program. In 2019, our program has been ranked 15th among all master's programs in Economics (https://tfetimes.com/best-economics-program-rankings/), 10th among programs at public universities, and is atop ranked master's program in agricultural and resource economics.
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For our Masters program admission requirements visit https://cals.arizona.edu/arec/graduate-admissions.
View our graduate handbook here.
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Applied Econometrics and Data Analytics
Our M.S. program in Applied Econometrics and Data Analytics (AEDA) offers outstanding opportunities as a terminal degree. In just 18 months you will be prepared for challenging and fulfilling jobs as econometricians, data scientists, risk managers, credit analysts, economists, and policy analysts in the private sector and in governmental and non-governmental organizations. http://grad.arizona.edu/programs/programinfo/ARECMSAEDA
Applied Economics and Policy Analysis
Our program in Applied Economics and Policy Analysis (AEPA) will pave the way for excelling in premier Ph.D. programs in agricultural and resource economics. This two-year program, which requires students to write a thesis, provides superb preparation in academic research. Master’s graduates in this program gain admission and garner financial support at top agricultural and resource economics programs including UCBerkeley, Cornell, UCDavis, Maryland, and Minnesota. Our past graduates have placed exceedingly well in academic jobs, securing tenure-track assistant professorships in universities such as Ohio State University, University of Florida, Purdue, Tufts University, and University of Utah. http://grad.arizona.edu/programs/programinfo/ARECMSAEPA
AREC MS Graduate Program Handbook can be accessed here.
The master’s degree prepares a student for...
careers in the business world and in government service as policy analysts, data scientists, forecasters, economic consultants, etc. The M.S. also prepares students to enter mathematically rigorous Ph.D. programs in agricultural and resource economics, applied economics, economics, etc.
AREC Ph.D Minor Curriculum
The AREC minor is for those students in a Ph.D program. The minor curriculum can be found by clicking here. Please submit your AREC minor application from the webform at https://cals.arizona.edu/arec/phd-arec-minor-application. You will be notified within 10 business days of the decision. UA Graduate College link to program information http://grad.arizona.edu/programs/programinfo/ARECMING
The AREC program has a graduate enrollment of approximately 30 students. The Department has 12 full-time faculty members, providing a favorable graduate student/faculty ratio.
About our faculty
Our 12 faculty members strive for excellence in both teaching and research. In addition, four faculty members provide extension programs, working directly with the public. Faculty members have been honored on many occasions for their outstanding teaching, research, and extension programs. Additionally, our graduate students have received numerous recognitions, including Outstanding Thesis awards from the WAEA, AAEA, and Food Distribution Research Study.
Students design their master’s program
After taking the core course requirements, graduate students choose their elective courses, thesis topic, and thesis advisor. They propose their own plan of study appropriate to their individual needs as approved by their thesis advisor. There is ample flexibility for students to choose elective graduate course offerings from within and from outside the Department.
The faculty place substantial emphasis on involvement of students in research efforts. Because of the close ties between teaching and extension faculty and the diversity of agricultural and natural resource issues, the Department can offer students wide-ranging opportunities for field research and exposure to “real world” problems.
Production and marketing research deals with a wide range of commodities, including irrigated field crops, livestock, and numerous fruit, nut, and vegetable crops. Research projects include analysis of futures markets, food loss from farm-gate to retail, minimum tillage systems, modeling of yields for rating crop insurance contracts, and demand for organic foods. Natural resource problems are the subject of numerous research projects, including safe drinking water, water conflicts in the West, the economics of takings, climate forecasting in Brazil, and reallocation of resources to environmental demands.
The importance of international markets to Arizona farms and agribusinesses has created strong support for research in international trade and development. Recent projects include the role of non-tariff barriers in trade and the impact of exchange rates on commodity prices.
International research projects have been undertaken to study poverty assessment and alleviation in Kenya, impacts of structural adjustment in Brazil, cross-border agribusiness development between Mexico and the United States, and the effects of improved infrastructure on household food security in Bangladesh. M.S. and Ph.D. candidates are often involved in field research efforts. Other opportunities for foreign research are provided by affiliations with outstanding agricultural economics programs in Italy (Portici, Naples).
Finally, the Department offers students considerable exposure to pertinent research through numerous seminars offered each semester by leading researchers from domestic and foreign institutions. In addition, a Department brown bag seminar series allows faculty to discuss current research projects.