AREC is a world-class department focused on agricultural economics and policy, environmental and natural resource economics, and economic development. The faculty are renowned for their scholarship and research, policy experience, and professional service. Our top-ranked Ph.D. program has a diverse and high-quality student body from the U.S. and countries around the world. Our undergraduate concentrations in agricultural and resource economics, agribusiness, and environmental and resource economics, as well as the global poverty minor, allow students to learn from leading scholars in small classes. Policy and public education programs address issues of importance to stakeholders at local, state, national and international levels.

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We will give you the opportunity to work closely with faculty in courses that focus on the real-world application of applied economics. The major of Agricultural and Resource Economics consistently ranks as one of the best majors for job placement. 

Join us and start your journey towards a successful career. We are here to help you every step of the way. We offer two undergraduate degrees and an undergraduate minor, as well as graduate degrees

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in teaching you will learn.

We strive to provide our faculty and staff with the resources they need to succeed in all aspects of the Land Grant mission: Research, Education, and Extension.


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Whether you graduated last year or 50 years ago, there’s no better time than now to be a part of Maryland’s Fearless Ideas. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Network is one of the numerous academic networks within the University of Maryland Alumni Association that allows you to remain an active and engaged member of our community.

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Through the generosity of alumni, industry partners, and friends of the college, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) offers scholarships to talented undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in one of our academic majors. AGNR scholarships, as well as department-based scholarships, are awarded based on merit, scholarship application materials, and a variety of other factors. Please review the following sections to determine which scholarships you are eligible to apply for. If you have any questions, please contact our Coordinator for Recruitment, April Brohawn at

Student Spotlight - Elizabeth Thilmany

With the 2019 Farm Bill legalizing industrial hemp, some exciting prospects for agriculture and the students who study it are on the rise. Elizabeth Thilmany of Agricultural & Resource Economics was already ahead of the curve, being named a fellow of the Snider Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program. Read more about her experience majoring in Agricultural and Resource Economics while also studying in the Smith School of Business.

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