Agricultural and Resource Economics

The graduate program in DARE offers STEM designated M.S. and Ph.D. degrees with specializations in agricultural economics or environmental and natural resource economics. Our students learn to apply economic theory and quantitative methods to solve real world problems.

We have a strong commitment to research collaboration and partnerships among our faculty and graduate students, with students frequently publishing and presenting academic work jointly authored with one or more faculty members. Faculty members in DARE are leading scholars in the fields of agricultural business, finance, consumer behavior, food systems, natural resource economics, and environmental economics.

M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics

Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics

Application Process

For the M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics Graduate Programs

Application Deadline

The deadline to be granted full consideration for departmental funding is:

Annually on February 1st 

Applications are accepted up to May 1st for admissions but will not be considered for funding if received after February 1st.

Admission to the graduate program depends upon acceptance by the Department’s Graduate Admissions Committee and the CSU Graduate School. Students with degrees equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree are qualified to apply for admission to the graduate program, though exceptions are made for otherwise highly qualified students.

Minimum GPA

Generally, a minimum 3.0 grade point average, on a 4.0 scale,  and some background in economics and quantitative methods is preferred.

Successful Candidates

The coursework most predictive of success in our M.S. program is intermediate or higher-level undergraduate courses in microeconomics, econometrics, statistics and mathematics. Students with other backgrounds are encouraged to apply, provided they demonstrate a solid grasp of quantitative methods and logical thinking (e.g. high GRE scores, especially quantitative reasoning).

Credit Transfer

Ph.D. program applicants who have already earned an M.S. degree can transfer up to 30 credits in coursework towards the completion of their doctorate – 72 credits.

Still Want More Information on Our Graduate Program?

You can download our Graduate Student Handbook that covers all the ins-and-outs of our program and how to navigate your graduate career in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Jordan Suter:

Professor and Chair of the Graduate Committee, Agricultural and Resource Economics, CSU

Kathy Bruce:

Graduate Coordinator, Agricultural and Resource Economics, CSU

Current Student Highlights

I enjoy the Ph.D. program at CSU because it feels like a family, with faculty members always pushing me to be my best. I grow every single day, and I learn a lot from my classmates from all over the world.

Yvette Uwineza

Current Ph.D. Student, Agricultural and Resource Economics, CSU

I’ve enjoyed being able to conduct meaningful research and analysis through my research assistantship in the MS program. Knowing that my work has tangible impact on Colorado communities is very rewarding. My coursework in the program has been engaging and applicable to my interests in regional economic development. The MS program has provided me with an excellent toolkit to begin my career where I hope to continue to providing valuable analysis and insights.

Skyler Schuck

Current M.S. Student, Agricultural and Resource Economics, CSU