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M.S. Program

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) at UC Davis offers a Master of Science degree focused on applied economics. Our M.S. degree works great as a terminal degree that affords excellent job opportunities upon graduation or as essential preparation to do Ph.D. work. Students can choose between thesis and non-thesis options. The program can be completed in one year for students who choose the non-thesis option.

The Davis ARE M.S. degree program features strong training in microeconomic theory and econometrics, with two-course sequences in both fields. We also have M.S. courses in several applied fields, including agricultural economics, international development economics, finance, and environmental and natural resource economics. These courses are all geared to the M.S. student—no pushing you into undergraduate or Ph.D. courses. We enroll 20–30 M.S. students each year. Our classes are small and afford plenty of opportunities for one-on-one interactions with our professors.

At Davis ARE, you will be part of a large, diverse group of graduate students across the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Our graduate students come from most continents and have an active social and support network, with group activities scheduled on a near-weekly basis year round. Our graduate students work hard but also find ample opportunities to enjoy the world-class amenities that come with living in Northern California.

In addition to the M.S. degree, we also offer a program leading to joint M.S. and M.B.A. degrees. On these pages, you will find key information about our program, including the program philosophy, application procedures, financial aid, and course offerings. Our graduate handbook provides you with all the relevant information about expectations, procedures, and requirements to be met as you progress toward your degree objective.