Non-Thesis Master of Agricultural and Applied Economics (MAAE)
The non-thesis Master of Agricultural and Applied Economics (MAAE) is a professionally oriented degree designed to prepare graduates for a wide variety of careers in the private sector, including as economic consultants, commodity traders, analysts, or in the public sector with government agencies and international organizations. Students will choose one of four specialty training areas that fit their interests and career goals:
Core courses will train students in advanced microeconomics and econometrics, and additional quantitative tools such as data science and system optimization.
This master's degree can be completed as a stand-alone master's degree or, for ACE students only, a combined bachelors plus master's (4+1 MAAE). The 4+1 MAAE combines the ACE Bachelor's of Science, and it can be completed in five academic years, including a summer internship. The 4+1 MAAE is only open to students enrolled in ACE. Students can share up to 6 credit hours of coursework between their bachelor’s and master’s. Admitted students to this program will receive both degrees simultaneously after all program requirements are successfully completed.
The standalone MAAE is designed for students from any other major or with a Bachelor's degree to complete over a 1 to 2 year period based on their interests and ability to take partial to full course loads during each semester of study; it is open to any student with a bachelor’s degree that meets the program admission criteria.
The MAAE is a STEM-designated master's program.
View our program timelines and requirements to get an idea of how your time would be structured in either the 4+1 MAAE or in the standalone MAAE.
Professional Internship or Research Apprenticeship
Students will work with advisors to successfully land and complete a professional internship or research apprenticeship as part of the program requirements.
The professional internship experience is typically completed the summer after coursework requirements are met. It could also be completed during the fall or spring semesters, or in the summer prior to the first fall semester of classes for the MAAE program. However, students may find the internship experience more enriching after having completed some, or all of their graduate coursework.
Program advisors will support students in their internship preparation, professional network building, and to identify opportunities, while students will be responsible for successfully interviewing, landing, and completing the internship.
The MAAE's focus on mastery of quantitative methods, field specialization, and internship experience prepares students for many career paths. Graduates will be fully prepared to grow with industry leaders through the program's combination of academics tailored to career goals with hands-on work experience.
Upon earning your master's, you might:
Who Should Apply
You should apply to this program if you:
How to Apply
Spring cohort: October 15
Fall cohort: January 15
*We will continue accepting and reviewing applications after the above dates, but for full consideration, please submit all materials by the deadlines above.
4+1 MAAE First Stage Application (only for ACE students in junior standing)
To apply, submit first stage application (no fee required) for provisional admittance, making sure to include the following elements:
Students provisionally admitted will likely take advanced undergraduate or graduate-level coursework as undergrads (6 hours of which can count towards the master’s) with approval from their academic advisor.
Apply* (regular app fee) and be officially accepted into the Graduate College, making sure to include the following elements via the formal application:
ACE seniors applying to the 4+1 MAAE should plan on deferring their graduation as they will receive both their B.S. and M.S. upon graduating from the MAAE program.
For more details on cost visit the university's tuition and cost calculator.
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