This is a named option within the Agricultural and Applied Economics M.S.

The master of science includes 30 credits of coursework. This program normally takes 4 semesters to complete, and is ideal for students interested in careers in data analysis, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, consulting and more. For more information please visit the A A E department website.

For details on the Agricultural and Applied Economics M.S. application process, please visit:

To Apply

For more information on the AAE M.S. degree please contact:

Mary Treleven
Graduate Program Coordinator
mtreleven@wisc.edu
Phone: 608-262-9489

Graduate School Admissions

Graduate admissions is a two-step process between academic degree programs and the Graduate School. Applicants must meet requirements of both the program(s) and the Graduate School. Once you have researched the graduate program(s) you are interested in, apply online.  

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and processes related to funding.

Program Resources

M.S. students in agricultural and applied economics can apply for graduate positions listed under students jobs.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Named Option Requirements

MODE OF INSTRUCTION

Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
Yes No No No No

Mode of Instruction Definitions

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement Half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide (https://registrar.wisc.edu/course-guide/).
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements Students holding research assistantships are required to maintain an overall 3.2 GPA; grades of B or above in all core curriculum coursework.
Assessments and Examinations The thesis track requires a thesis on an approved research topic that is defended in an oral examination.
Language Requirements No language requirements.

Required COURSES

Microeconomic Theory
A A E 635 Applied Microeconomic Theory3
Econometrics
A A E 636 Applied Econometric Analysis I3
A A E 637 Applied Econometric Analysis II3
Economic Analysis15
At least 9 credits of Agricultural and Applied Economics taught courses at the 500 level or above
At least 6 credits of Agricultural and Applied Economics taught courses at the 400 level or above
Other Coursework6
6 credits at the 300-level or above in any department (including Agricultural and Applied Economics). These credits may include independent study.
Total Credits30

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

Named Option–Specific Policies

Graduate Program Handbook

The Graduate Program Handbook is the repository for all of the program's policies and requirements.

Prior Coursework

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master's degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

Up to 7 credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree numbered 300 or above are allowed to count toward the degree, with petition from student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master's degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison University Special

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 15 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master's degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Probation

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

The A A E Graduate Faculty Committee makes decisions regarding student progress.

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

15 credits

Time Constraints

A full-time student is expected to complete the M.S. in A A E in two years. The program can be completed part-time but must be completed in five years.

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

Faculty: Professors Foltz (chair), Barham, Chavas, Coxhead, Deller, Gould, Mitchell, Phaneuf, Provencher, Rutherford, Stiegert; Associate Professors Alix-Garcia, Du, Grainger, Hueth, Schechter, Shi; Assistant Professors Conroy, Dower, Parker, Tjernström; Faculty Associate Dong

Lecturers: Beardmore, Glinsmann