Learning Outcomes: Agricultural and Applied Economics, PhD

Learning Outcomes for the Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural and Applied Economics


  1. Develop a knowledge base in, and demonstrate an understanding of how to use, microeconomic concepts to set up and analyze economic problems and implications.
  2. Identify, summarize, interpret, and critique relevant scholarly literature.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to identify important research problems and formulate well-defined research objectives (e.g., testable hypotheses).
  4. Identify and use appropriate quantitative methods to accomplish research objectives.
  5. Effectively use written and verbal communication skills to present economic concepts and analyses.
  6. Understand features of agriculture and natural resources (e.g., inherent risk, institutions, unique government policies, and cultural importance of food) that make them unique for applications of economic principles.
  7. Practice highest levels of professional conduct (e.g., in professional activities take responsibility, be accountable, show integrity, have strong ethics, and respect diversity).