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Graduate Studies

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MS Program

The Department offers a Master of Science in two concentrations: Agricultural Economics and Natural Resource Economics. Both concentrations require 31 hours of coursework.

The Agricultural Economics concentration is designed to prepare students for analytical and research careers in the public and private sectors.

The Natural Resource Economics concentration integrates coursework in agricultural and resource economics with courses from other disciplines, such as geography, political science, forestry, bio-systems engineering and sociology.

Dual MS/MBA Program

The College of Business Administration and the Herbert College of Agriculture offer a dual program leading to the conferral of both the MBA and the MS in Agricultural and Resource Economics with an emphasis on agribusiness.

The program is directed toward management of agribusiness firms within the agricultural-consulting, bioenergy, food-processing, input-supply, marketing, and transportation industries, among others.

Learn how the MS/MBA program and a Kroger internship have prepared Kelsey Vourazeris for the workplace.

Congrats to Haslam College of Business and AREC MBA/MS student Lilly Tench for landing an internship assisting with the AgLaunch Summer Bootcamp, a 5-week camp designed to develop promising ag and food-focused startups!

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PhD Concentration

The Department offers students the opportunity to pursue a PhD in Natural Resources with a concentration in Natural Resource Economics. The PhD program in Natural Resources is located administratively within the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. Coursework for the degree draws heavily from both the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Department of Economics. A majority of the faculty members on the student’s doctoral committee may be from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, including the major professor.


MS in Agricultural Economics or Natural Resource Economics

Application Checklist

  • A completed online graduate application
  • Submission of payment
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts from all universities attended (Official transcripts will be required if admitted)
  • Unofficial GRE/GMAT scores (Official scores will be required if admitted)
    • Applicants who have earned a BS in Agricultural & Resource Economics from this department are not required to take the GRE.
  • Unofficial TOEFL/IELTS Test Scores for applicants whose native language is not English (official scores are required if admitted)
  • Three email addresses of recommenders who will submit Graduate School Rating Forms and letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

Prerequisites

Agricultural & Resource Economics (thesis & non-thesis) or Natural Resource Economics (thesis)

  • At least a B average (3.0 GPA) of undergraduate studies
  • Intermediate Microeconomics Theory (3 hours)
  • Statistics (6 hours)
  • Calculus (3 hours)

Dual MS/MBA Program

Application Checklist

  • A completed online graduate application
  • Submission of payment
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts from all universities attended (Official transcripts will be required if admitted)
  • Unofficial GMAT scores (Official scores will be required if admitted)
    • Applicants who have earned a BS in Agricultural & Resource Economics from this department are not required to take the GRE.
  • Unofficial TOEFL/IELTS Test Scores for applicants whose native language is not English (official scores are required if admitted)
  • Three email addresses of recommenders who will submit Graduate School Rating Forms and letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

Prerequisites

  • At least a B average (3.0 GPA) of undergraduate studies
  • Calculus (3 hours)
  • Recommended background – Intermediate Microeconomics Theory (3 hours)
  • Recommended background – Statistics (6 hours)

MBA applications are accepted for fall semester only. Dual applicants must comply with and be accepted by Graduate Admissions for the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Science in Agricultural & Resource Economics. Admitted Dual program students will be assigned an adviser from each college.

University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business Full-Time MBA Program


Natural Resources PhD with a concentration in Natural Resource Economics

Application Checklist

  • A completed online graduate application
  • Submission of payment
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts from all universities attended (Official transcripts will be required if admitted)
  • Unofficial GRE scores (Official scores will be required if admitted)
  • Unofficial TOEFL/IELTS Test Scores for applicants whose native language is not English (official scores are required if admitted)
  • Three email addresses of recommenders who will submit Graduate School Rating Forms and letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

Prerequisites

  • At least a 3.0 GPA (3.3 GPA for international students) in previous graduate coursework
  • Recommended background: MS degree from accredited university or college

The Natural Resource Economics concentration is listed administratively on the application form in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. Please find Natural Resources PhD in Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries and select Natural Resource Economics concentration.


Additional Information

There are no minimum scores for the GRE/GMAT set by the department or the Graduate School. However, assistantships and funding are very competitive and having higher scores can help during the decision-making process.

The Institutional code for submitting exam scores is 1843.

If you experience problems uploading information into the online application, please contact your admission specialist in the Office of Graduate Admissions.

If you have any questions regarding any of our graduate programs, please email the Administrative Assistant for the Graduate Program, Brittany Gentry, at bdentry4@tennessee.edu or the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. James A. Larson, at jlarson2@utk.edu

or for Dual MS/MBA Program – Haslam Business College: Tom Bates at tbates6@utk.edu

or for PhD Program: Dr. James A. Larson at jlarson2@utk.edu

or contact a member of our Graduate Committee or Recruiting Committee.

University of Tennessee Graduate School

Learn about our new Accelerated BS-MS program on our Undergraduate Studies page.

Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis after admissions decisions have been made. Assistantships are always contingent upon funding and there are no guarantees.

MS Thesis Option

We typically offer 12-month assistantship funding that requires 20 hours of work per week in the Department’s research and teaching programs. For the 2021-2022 academic year, our assistantship offers a stipend of $18,000 per year ($1,500 per month) and includes health insurance and a waiver of resident (called a maintenance fee at UT) and non-resident tuition for up to two years. Students in the second year of the program are eligible for a $2,000 per year increase in the stipend to $20,000 per year if they maintain a cumulative 3.30 GPA and successfully present their thesis proposal to their advisory committee.

Dual MBA-MS in Agricultural and Resource Economics

In limited instances, the Department is able to offer a 9-month assistantship in the MS portion of the program in the second year. The assistantship requires 10 hours of work per week in the Department’s research and teaching programs. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the assistantship offers a stipend of $6,750 per year ($750 per month). The assistantship also provides health insurance and a waiver of resident (called a maintenance fee at UT) and non-resident tuition. Students should contact the Haslam MBA Program for information about possible funding options in the MBA portion in the first year of the program.

Natural Resource PhD with a Concentration in Natural Resource Economics

*** We will not be offering PhD assistantship funding for the 2021-2022 academic year. ***

The Graduate Program Requirements Booklet can be found in PDF format below. This booklet provides prospective students, current students, and faculty with information regarding application procedures and requirements, Departmental policies, a Graduate Faculty listing, and procedures governing programs, concentrations, and fields. Any questions in regards to the Department, the booklet, or applying can be sent to Brittany Gentry at bgentry4@utk.edu.

Graduate Program Requirements Booklet

To learn more about our graduate program, assistantships and your career opportunities contact our Director of Graduate Studies or our main office.

James Larson
Director of Graduate Studies


302 Morgan Hall
865-974-7231 main office