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Program/Degree
Agricultural & Resource Econ (MS) - Accelerated Master's Program 
Program Description

The Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) Accelerated Masters Program (AMP) is open to active, current University of Arizona undergraduate students majoring in either Agribusiness Economics and Management-Agricultural Economics emphasis (ABEM-ECON) or the Environmental and Water Resource Economics (EWRE) major.  Agribusiness Management emphasis majors are not eligible for AREC AMP.  Students with the ABEM-ECON or EWRE major are eligible for either of our graduate programs Applied Econometrics and Data Analytics (AEDA) or Applied Economics and Policy Analysis (AEPA).  The AEDA plan is an 18 month program and does not require a thesis.  The AEPA plan is a 2 year program and does require a thesis.  Students interested in aplying to AREC AMP must have at least 75 earned/completed units at the time of application submission and must have at least 90 earned/completed units prior to admission to AMP.  Prior to admission a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA is required, if the GPA falls below 3.3 prior to admission or 90 units are not completed, the student will not be allowed to begin this AMP.  Also, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) must be completed prior to application submission in order for the application to be reviewed.  The quantitative GRE minimum score required for admitted students into this program is the 70th percentile. 

During a student's 3rd year they should prepare to apply to this program for the next soonest Fall semester, February 1st is the annual deadline for the application submission.  This department's incoming AMP cohort begins in Fall semesters only.  It is during their 4th year/senior year that the admitted AMP student will take graduate level AREC courses that will count toward their undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Up to 12 total graduate level units are permitted to be shared between both degrees, 6 graduate units in the Fall semester and 6 graduate units in the Spring semester.  While an undergraduate student, taking the 12 permitted graduate level units in courses numbered 500-599, tuition will be charged at the undergraduate tuition amount.  After the bachelor degree has been completed and the student is taking only graduate AREC MS degree courses, tuition will then be charged at the graduate tuition amount.  Should the undergraduate degree not be completed at the completion of the 12 graduate AMP units, the student tuition will begin charging at the graduate level tuition cost and the student will no longer be eligible for undergraduate aid or scholarships nor graduate assistantships.  AMP students while an undergraduate student, are not eligible for graduate assistantships, only once they have successfully and completely transitioned to a fully graduate level student and no longer AMP, will they be eligible for graduate assistantships.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Agriculture & Resource Economics -

The AREC Department offers a program leading to the Master of Science degree with a major in Agricultural & Resource Economics. A broad spectrum of agricultural economics subject matter is presented, with emphasis in natural resources, international business, and agribusiness. The Master's program provides training in the theory and methods of applied agricultural and resource economics. Graduating students are qualified for positions in the private sector with agribusiness, financial, farm management, and consulting firms, and in state and federal government agencies. Some students choose to follow the master's degree with enrollment in a Ph.D. program, either at the University of Arizona or elsewhere. Many AREC graduates have excelled in premier doctoral programs throughout the United States. We also offer an Agricultural & Resource Economics minor for PhD seeking students.

 
College
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Danielle Buhrow
520-621-2421
Graduate Program Coordinator
Danielle Buhrow
520-621-2421
Director of Graduate Studies
George B Frisvold
520-621-6269
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Cindy T Nguyen
520-621-0119
 
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • 3.3 cumulative GPA
  • 90 earned/completed units at time of admission, 75 earned/completed units at time of application
  • EWRE or ABEM-ECON majors only
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose-submitted through Graduate College Online Application
  • Three Letters of Recommendation-submitted through Graduate College Online Application
  • Official GRE Scores: 70th percentile or better in the quantitative portion is required. The institution code is 4832 for the University of Arizona and 0101 for the Department.  Submitted officially from ETS.
  • Official TOEFL Scores: Required for students from countries where the native language is not English. The institution code is 4832 for the University of Arizona and 99 for the Department.  Submitted officially.
    • International students (of non-English speaking countries):
      Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based) Score: 550
      Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based) Score: 80
      Minimum IELTS (overall band score): 7

 
Standardized Tests

Required test(s):GRE
Required GRE Subject tests: quantitative

  • Official GRE Scores: 70th percentile or better in the quantitative portion is required. The institution code is 4832 for the University of Arizona and 0101 for the Department.  Submitted officially from ETS.
  • Official TOEFL Scores: Required for students from countries where the native language is not English. The institution code is 4832 for the University of Arizona and 99 for the Department.  Submitted officially.
    • International students (of non-English speaking countries):
      Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based) Score: 550
      Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based) Score: 80
      Minimum IELTS (overall band score): 7

 
Financial Aid

 

Students while pursuing AMP are eligible for undergraduate scholarships and financial aid only.  AMP students are not eligible for graduate assistantships.

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: February 1st

International Applicants:

  • Fall: February 1st
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

General program requirements
Depending on the program you choose, this master's program requires three or four semesters of coursework. Students complete a 16-credit core requirement including two courses in economic theory and two courses in econometrics. All M.S. students are required to take an intensive three-week review course in mathematics (AREC 580) before the start of their fall semester.

Students may select remaining coursework according to their interests. To add depth to their program, students are encouraged (but not required) to focus their efforts in an area of specialization. Students choose specific courses in consultation with their advisor or Director of Graduate Studies.

Thesis options and examinations
Students pursue a research or non-research option after discussion with their faculty advisor. Under the research option, students traditionally write a thesis and take up to six units of research credit. As an alternative, students may complete three research units and write a technical paper. This paper may include one chapter of a thesis, with a detailed outline of remaining chapters, or be a lay or extension publication. Students pursuing the non-research option are required to complete additional coursework. 
 

All M.S. candidates must pass a final oral examination. The exam will focus on the student's thesis, technical paper, or coursework, depending on the student's program of study. In the event of failure, students may repeat the oral examination once.


Grade requirements
Students are required to earn a 3.0 (B) grade or better in each of their core courses and a 3.0 (B) average GPA in all graduate coursework. Students failing to maintain a 3.0 grade average will be placed on academic probation and possibly dropped from the program. If this occurs, the student must petition the Graduate Advisory Committee for permission to re-enter the program.

Core courses

AREC 504 Production Economics (3 units)
AREC 513 Consumption Economics & Price Analysis (3 units)
AREC 548 Introduction to Statistical Methods in Economics (4 units)
AREC 549 Applied Econometrics (3 units)
AREC 580 Math for Economists (2 units)
AREC 596a Seminar (1 unit)

 

Language requirements

There are no language requirements within this degree.

 

Contact:

Graduate Program Coordinator & Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Danielle Buhrow, email:  danielleb@email.arizona.edu

 

 

 

 

 
Minor Requirements

A minor is not required for the Agricultural and Resource Economics Master of Science degree program, though some students may choose to pursue a minor in another program of study at the University of Arizona. Adding a minor to their program will require additional coursework and may require additional time to complete their degree. Students interested in a minor should discuss this option with their advisor or the Graduate Coordinator.

 
Student Handbook
https://cals.arizona.edu/arec/sites/cals.arizona.edu.arec/files/AREC_Graduate_Handbook_final%209%202017.pdf  
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Last revised 01 Sep 2017