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Accelerated Master's Degree

The accelerated master's program is available to all eligible, continuing Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics students and allows you to enroll in graduate and undergraduate level courses at the same time to earn dual credit toward both your bachelor's and master's degree for select courses completed during your final year of undergraduate studies. While pursuing the accelerated master's degree, you remain eligible for undergraduate scholarships and are not charged graduate tuition fees.

About the Accelerated Master's Degree

Students pursuing a bachelor of science degree in either agribusiness economics and management (ABEM), or environmental and water resource economics (EWRE), may apply to the accelerated master's program (AMP) with the goal of also earning an Agricultural and Resource Economics Master of Science degree in either Applied Econometrics and Data Analytics (AEDA) or Applied Economics and Policy Analysis (AEPA). 

  • The accelerated master's degree in applied econometrics and data analytics is an 18-month program and doesn't require a thesis.
  • The accelerated master's degree in applied economics and policy analysis is a two-year program and requires a thesis. 
  • While in AMP undergraduate tuition fees apply, once undergraduate degree is completed, graduate tuition fees apply.
  • After AMP is successfully completed, one year of graduate study is needed to complete M.S. degree.

Accelerated Master's Degree Requirements

Students who are interested in applying to the agricultural and resource economics accelerated master's degree program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be declared in one of two undergraduate majors listed above.
  • Complete at least 75 units at the time of application.
  • Complete at least 90 units prior to admission, prior to Feb. 1 the annual priority application deadline.
  • Maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA prior to admission to the program.
  • As of Fall 2023, GRE is optional and not required, in the application space for GRE scores enter "N/A".  Complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prior to submitting an application. The quantitative GRE minimum score required to be admitted to the program is the 70th percentile, the exact score changes year to year.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from faculty members or a combination of letters from at least two faculty members and one supervisor.
  • Submit a statement of purpose.

Students who are interested in the accelerated master's degree will apply to the program in their third, or junior, year. Students accepted into the program will take graduate level courses during their fourth, or senior year, that will count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Course offerings for the accelerated master's program are subject to change. It is important for you to meet with your ABEM OR EWRE major advisor each semester to review your plan to pursue the accelerated master's program, plan for GRE test prep and taking GRE, as well as to discuss professional development opportunities for example internships, independent study and research opportunities

Are You a Current Student? Connect with an Advisor.

Danielle Pilar Buhrow, undergraduate senior academic advisor and graduate program coordinator for the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, is here to help! Schedule an appointment in CatCloud or send an email with your questions.