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Agricultural Economics


Agricultural economics programs teach people how to apply economic principles to the production of crops and livestock.

Agricultural economics programs include topics such as:

Depending on the program, students can major in economics with a concentration in agricultural business and management, or they can major in agriculture with a concentration in economics.


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in agricultural economics. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study in agriculture economics.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in agricultural economics. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in agricultural economics. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate study in agricultural economics typically includes:

Things to Know

For information about farm occupations, opportunities, and 4-H activities, contact your local county extension service office.

Agricultural economists usually have at least a master's degree. Many work as bankers or commodities traders.


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Walla Walla Community College

Washington State University - Pullman