University of Maryland

College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agricultural and Resource Economics

Admissions and Application

At a minimum, students entering either the Department’s MS or PhD program are expected to have the following preparation:

  • Knowledge of macroeconomic theory at the intermediate level and microeconomic theory at the advanced level.
  • Knowledge of differential, integral, and multivariate calculus and linear algebra.
  • Knowledge of elementary statistical methods.

Additional coursework in mathematics is desirable--for example, analysis, probability, advanced statistics, or differential equations.

Students are normally admitted to the MS and PhD programs only for the fall semester, because the first year program consists of course sequences that begin only in the fall.

Application for admission to both the Department's MS and PhD programs is made through the

Graduate School. In addition to the completed application form, the Graduate School requires and admission decisions depend on:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores;
  • One copy of the transcript of record from all institutions attended after high school
  • Three letters of recommendation; and
  • Statement of purpose

Students from non-English-speaking countries are required to demonstrate English proficiency by providing scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The application deadline is January 15th of the same calendar year in which admission for the fall semester is sought (e.g., the application deadline for fall 2012 admission is January 15, 2012). Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and are based on the applicant's overall qualifications relative to the pool of applicants.

Information about the Graduate Schools' admission policies can be found at This website contains links to the Graduate School's online application and for downloading the Graduate School's application forms in PDF format. For any further questions, please write to Ms. Pin Wuan Lin, the Department’s Staff Graduate Coordinator, at or 301-405-1293.

Transfer from M.S. to Ph.D. Program

Students enrolled in the department's M.S. program may apply for admission to the Department's Ph.D. program by submitting a new Graduate School application, supplemental transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. The Graduate School application fee is waived if the student applies for the Ph.D. program in or before the semester in which the M.S. degree will be completed. Students in the Department's M.S. program need not submit GRE's when applying for the Ph.D. program.

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