The graduate program in economics prepares students for professions in business and government as well as for advanced studies in economics and finance. The program offers two curriculum options: an economic theory option and an applied business economics option.
The economic theory option includes courses in advanced microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics; additionally, this option emphasizes applied economic research—students complete a six-credit research thesis. Students customize their plans of study with elective courses in business economics, agricultural marketing, general economics and agricultural and resource economics. A number of research and teaching assistantships and scholarships may be available to qualified students enrolled in this curriculum option.
The applied business economics option includes courses in managerial economics and advanced business decision science. Students customize their plans of study with elective courses in corporate finance, strategic marketing, entrepreneurship, agricultural business and marketing and strategic business decision analysis. Coursework is offered in flexible formats, including hybrid, evening and weekend courses, that allow students to complete this option in 12 or 24 months, depending on work and other commitments.
The program also offers an accelerated master's degree to qualified undergraduate students who maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in their business or economics major; these students may begin their graduate studies while they complete their undergraduate degree. Students may apply for admission to the accelerated master's degree program once they have completed 60 undergraduate credits.