M.S. Applied Economics
Learn to apply statistical and mathematical analysis to understand and provide recommendations on how to solve complex issues involving agriculture, communities and natural resources. Students conduct applied research on a variety of projects to develop specialized skills in microeconomics for real-world use.
We offer Idaho’s only graduate degree program in economics. The master’s in applied economics is offered cooperatively with Washington State University, with courses taught by faculty from both universities.
A master’s in applied economics from the U of I prepares graduates for careers in industry, government and public sectors, or for further studies in leading doctorate programs. The program is designed to help students develop the analytical and decision-making skills needed for management, production, marketing, policy making and consulting careers or for pursuit of a doctorate.
Recent graduates have joined highly ranked doctorate programs across the country, including:
- UC Berkeley
- University of Colorado
- Texas A&M University
- Purdue University
- University of Illinois
- Michigan State University
- Washington State University
- University of Maryland
Other recent graduates are employed as:
- Analyst (Rabobank)
- Economist (Arizona Department of Administration)
- Research analyst (Simplot Livestock)
- Personal banker (Pacific Continental Bank)
- Research associate (Washington State University; University of Idaho)
- Regional economist (U.S. Census Bureau)
- Extension economist (Washington Sea Grant)
- Management consultant (Sieverkropp Consulting)
- Graduates are leaders in U.S. agricultural industries and faculty at leading universities.
- Previous students have won numerous national awards for the quality of their research.
- Apply statistical and mathematical analysis to complex agriculture, community and natural resources issues.
- Publish research in peer-reviewed academic journals, such as: Agricultural Economics, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Water Resources Research, Applied Economics, Economic Inquiry and more.
The Value of Water
CALS student looks for answers to irrigation issue
A desire to positively impact agriculture and an interest in water issues led Madison Moore to pursue a graduate degree in applied economics from University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Flexibility in Economics
CALS student studies community economic resilience
University of Idaho student Lauryn Ringwood combines a passion for applied economics and an interest in community resilience into a master’s degree in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.