University of Florida

MS Program

The Master of Science (MS) program in the Food and Resource Economics Department provides broad training in applied economics as it relates to food production, marketing and trade, regional economics, and natural resources issues. Students are taught to use basic economic principles and quantitative methods to address empirical problems. The core consists of graduate level courses in microeconomics, econometrics, and research methodology. Many students elect to continue their education with a Ph.D. degree while others opt for employment with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, foreign agencies, private consulting firms, or corporations.

Elements of the Program

Year One


3-AEB 6106 Microeconomic Principles and Analysis
3-AEB 6225 Policy and the Agribusiness Firm


3-AEB 6553 Elements of Econometrics
3-AEB 6817 Survey Research Methods

Summer C

AEB 6971 Masters Research
Thesis proposal seminar

Year 2

Electives (if necessary), Research, Writing Thesis, Defense

*Students on graduate assistantship need only take a maximum of nine hours in fall/spring and six in summer since that is the maximum covered by the tuition waiver.

Minimum Requirements for Consideration for Admission

  • Bachelor's with B or better grade in statistics, calculus, undergraduate eonometrics, intermediate microeconomics, or advanced ag micro (in FRE)
  • GRE score of at least 1000 on verbal plus quantitative on old exam or combined score of 300 on the new exam, with at least 150 on the quantitative
  • GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate junior/senior year

Admission is for the fall term only. All materials must be submitted via the online application by February 1 each year. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply far in advance of the deadline.

The applicant pool is extremely competitive, therefore it is highly recommended that applicants exceed the minimum requirements for consideration. It is the policy of the graduate program not to speculate in advance on the possibility of admission or funding.

Application Process

Submit three recommendation letter requests and statement of purpose online. Please do not send paper copies of any materials submitted online. Allow 3-4 weeks for processing.

Send one set of official transcripts (if you are NOT currently attending UF) and test scores to:
UF Graduate Admissions
201 Criser Hall
Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611

Attach a copy of your Bachelor’s and Master’s transcripts to your online application for department use. These are not official transcripts and will not be used for review by the Admissions Office.