Agricultural & Applied Economics, MAAE

for the Master of Agricultural and Applied Economics in Agricultural and Applied Economics

Department Head: Sean Fox

Director of Graduate Studies: Nick Paulson

Director of Graduate Recruiting and Admissions: Sandy Dall'Erba

Address: 326 Mumford Hall, MC-710, 1301 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: (217) 333-1810
Fax: (217) 333-5538

MAAE Program Overview

The MAAE degree is a course-based (non-thesis) program that provides students with training in economic theory along with the quantitative skills needed to pursue careers as analysts and managers in industry, government, and related organizations. Available course offerings cover a broad range of potential specialization areas within agricultural and applied economics to suit student interests. Course plans must be approved by the student’s academic advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. In addition to coursework, the MAAE program includes a required internship component.


Graduate College requirements apply, including a 3.0 (A = 4.0) GPA for the last two years of undergraduate coursework and any graduate work completed. International applicants whose native language is not English must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) score of at least 88 (230 computer-based and 570 paper-based) or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic examination overall score of at least 6.5 with a minimum sub-section score of 6 in each of the four modules (speaking, listening, writing, and reading). Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores are suggested, but not required for MAAE applicants. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong background in mathematics, microeconomics, and statistics.

Financial Aid

MAAE students are not eligible for graduate assistantships.  Limited scholarship funds may be available for outstanding applicants.

Graduate Degree Programs in Agricultural and Applied Economics

Agricultural and Applied Economics, MAAE

Agricultural and Applied Economics, MS

Agricultural and Applied Economics, PhD

for the Master of Agricultural and Applied Economics in Agricultural and Applied Economics

 Students must earn a 3.0 (A = 4.0) GPA for a minimum of 32 graduate hours of credit.

Microeconomic Theory
ACE 500Applied Economic Theory4
Quantitative Methods
ACE 562Applied Regression Models I2
ACE 564Applied Regression Models II2
At least 4 additional hours in approved quantitative methods course(s)4
Field Specialization
12 hours of approved graduate field courses12
(Must include at least 8 hours in ACE, and 8 hours at the 500 level)
Professional/Research Internship
ACE 592Special Topics2
or ACE 591 Independent Study
Graduate Electives6

Other Requirements

Other Requirements may overlap
A minimum of 20 hours of credit within the unit at the 500 level, not including ACE 566.
A minimum of 20 hours at the 500-level overall.
Minimum program GPA 3.0