The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland offers world-class programs that focus on a broad range of issues in agricultural economics and policy, environmental and natural resource economics, and economic development. The department has been widely regarded as one of the very top programs in its discipline for over a quarter-century. Its 20+ faculty are renowned for their scholarship and research, their policy experience, and their professional service.
The outstanding Ph.D. program has a diverse and high-quality student body of about 60 students from the U.S. and countries around the world. Recent students include recipients of an EPA STAR Fellowship, two National Marine Fisheries Service Graduate Fellowships, and two winners and two honorable mentions of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association outstanding doctoral dissertation award. Graduates have placed in academic positions at Columbia, Wisconsin, University of California-Davis, Iowa State, University of British Columbia, Ohio State, ETH Zurich, Seoul National University, Minnesota, Monash (Australia) and many others. Non-academic placements are primarily at national and international agencies and research organizations: USDA, US EPA, US FDA, US NMFS, International Food Policy Research Institute, FAO, World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Resources for the Future.
Undergraduate students can major in agricultural and resource economics or in environmental economics, and the department offers minors in global poverty, agribusiness economics, environmental economics and policy, and resource and agricultural policy in economic development. Students in the major take classes in business management, environmental and resource policy, international agriculture, agricultural economics, food production, and economic theory and method. Classes are generally small and students have an opportunity to learn from leading scholars in the discipline. Students are able to tailor their college program to their plans, abilities, and interests. The global poverty minor includes signature courses on world hunger and global poverty, a variety of interdisciplinary electives on poverty and study abroad or internship possibilities.
The Department provides exceptional policy support, outreach, extension and public education programs that address agricultural, environmental and natural resource issues of importance to stakeholders at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. By achieving a strong integration between research and extension and a responsiveness to emerging problems, AREC faculty improve management and policy decisions and assist stakeholders in the analysis of current economic issues related to agricultural policy; coastal and marine resources; commodity marketing; farm and financial management; international extension; agriculture, natural resources, and the environment; land use and farmland preservation; sustainable agriculture; and water quality.
The issues that our department focuses on are important policy issues at levels that range from local to global. If you are a student interested in any of these issues we encourage you to apply. If you are a visitor, please browse our www site to find out more about our outstanding department, our faculty and students, and our programs.