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Agribusiness and Applied Economics

In addition to the Graduate School admission requirements, applicants to the program must have earned a grade of B or higher in intermediate microeconomics and statistics including linear regression, and a grade of C or better in calculus.

Students who do not meet all requirements for admission or have deficiencies in prerequisite course work, but show potential for successful graduate study, may be admitted under a conditional status. Evidence must be provided showing that the applicant's potential is not adequately reflected by his/her record. After meeting the specified standards of performance set by the department, the student, in consultation with the major adviser, may request a change to full graduate standing.

Financial Assistance

The department offers assistantships on a competitive basis. Granting assistantships depends on academic performance, departmental needs, and availability of assistantships. Most assistantships are half-time (20 hours per week) or one-quarter-time (10 hours per week).  Assistantships are typically limited to 16 months.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) provide monthly stipends. Students on assistantship perform research or teaching duties in the department in return for their stipend.

In addition to the stipend, graduate assistants receive a graduate tuition waiver. Tuition waivers cover base tuition for NDSU graduate credits only. Students are responsible for differential tuition, student fees, and tuition for non-graduate level credits taken or Cooperative Education credits.

All students pursuing a Master of Science in Agribusiness and Applied Economics must complete all core courses. Students select elective courses (with approval of the adviser and supervisory committee) to fulfill the remaining Graduate College credit requirements. Students must have competence in calculus, multiple regression analysis, and intermediate microeconomics.

Required Courses (both options)10
Research Methods
Advanced Econometrics
Analytical Methods for Applied Economics
Advanced Microeconomics
Plan A: Thesis Option
Courses numbered 601-689, 691; 700-789, 791; 800-889 and 89110-14
Master's Thesis (6-10 credits)
Plan B: Comprehensive Study Option
Courses numbered: 601-689, 691; 700-789, 791; 800-889 and 89113-15
Master's Paper (2-4 credits)
Minimum Total Credits: 30

Kwame Addey, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 2023
Research Interests: International Trade, and Financial Markets (Statistical Arbitrage)

Jon Biermacher, Ph.D.
Oklahoma State University, 2005
Research Interests: Economics of Livestock Production, Crop Production and Marketing Systems, Technology and Biotechnology Adoption, and Rural and Community Economic Development

David Bullock, Ph.D.
Iowa State University, 1989
Research Interests: Futures and Options Markets, Over-The-Counter Derivatives, Trading, Risk Management, Agrifinance, Monte Carlo Simulation, and Big Data Applications in Agriculture

James Caton, Ph.D.
George Mason University, 2016
Research Interests: Entrepreneurship Agent-based Computational Economics, Market Process Theory, Monetary Economics 

Erik Hanson, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota, 2016
Research Interests: Agricultural Finance, Farm Management, Marketing and Production Economics

Ron Haugen, M.S.
North Dakota State University, 1989
Research Interests: Farm Management

Robert Hearne, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota, 1995
Research Interests: Natural Resource and Environmental Economics

Jeremy Jackson, Ph.D.
Washington University in St. Louis, 2008
Research Interests: Microeconomics, Political Economy, Public Finance

Thomas Krumel, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut, 2020
Research Interests: Rural Development, Labor Demand, and Labor Market Skills Mismatch

Siew Hoon Lim, Ph.D.
University of Georgia, 2005
Research Interests: Production Economics, Transportation, Industrial Organization

Raymond March, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University, 2017
Research Interests: Public and Private Provision and Governance of Health Care in the United States

Dragan Miljkovic, Ph.D.
University of Illinois, 1996
Research Interests: Agricultural Prices, International Trade, Agricultural and Food Marketing and Policy

William Nganje, Ph.D.
University of Illiniois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999
Research Interests: Agricultural Finance, Food Safety Economics

Frayne Olson, Ph.D.
University of Missouri, 2007
Research Interests: Crop Marketing Strategies, Crop Supply Chain Management, Agricultural Contracting, Agricultural Risk Management

Bryon Parman, Ph.D.
Kansas State University, 2013
Research Interests:  Whole Farm and Agribusiness Financial Structure, Risk Management, Land Values and Rents, and Farm Financial Trends

Timothy Petry, M.S.
North Dakota State University, 1973
Research interests: Livestock Marketing

Veeshan Rayamajhee, Ph.D.
University of New Mexico, 2019
Research Interests:  Individual and Collective Responses to Covariate Shocks

David Ripplinger, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 2011
Research Interests: Production Economics and Marketing

David Roberts, Ph.D.
Oklahoma State University, 2009
Research Interests: Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Econometrics, Production Agriculture

Anupa Sharma, Ph.D.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2016
Research Interests: Economics, Agriculture Business and Management

Sandro Steinbach, Dr. Sc.
ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 2018
Research Interests: International Trade and Agricultural Policy

Cheryl J. Wachenheim, Ph.D.
Michigan State University, 1994
Research Interests: Agribusiness

William W. Wilson, Ph.D.
University of Manitoba, 1980
Research Interests: Commodity Marketing, Agribusiness, Industrial Organization

An accelerated Master of Science program is available for students currently enrolled in the undergraduate economics, agricultural economics, and agribusiness programs at North Dakota State University.  Students will be required to complete 30 credits consisting of at least 16 graduate-level didactic credits (600/700 level), maintain a graduate GPA of 3.0, and complete a thesis or paper.

A maximum of 15 didactic graduate credits can be used to meet the requirement for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, and at least 9 of the 15 graduate credits must be 700-level AGEC/ECON  courses. Course substitution must be approved by the Department Chairperson. Interested and eligible students must contact the Graduate Program Coordinator before applying. 

Graduate stipend or assistantship will not be provided until B.S. degree is granted. However, students are eligible for hourly funding (i.e., time slip) if available at any time after being accepted into the accelerated MS program. Upon completion of the B.S. degree requirement, students are eligible for assistantships pending availability. Differential tuition applies.  Graduate tuition rates will apply to graduate level courses while undergraduate tuition applies to undergraduate courses.

Eligibility and Admission

An  Accelerated Degree Program Declaration Form  is required and should be submitted before applying to the program. 

At the time of application, the student:

  • Must have completed at least 60 credits towards their B.S. degree before conditional admission.
  • Must have completed at least 30 credits at NDSU before conditional admission.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at NDSU to be eligible for conditional admission.
  • Must have completed intermediate microeconomics (ECON 341) with a grade of B or higher, calculus (Math 144 or higher) with a grade of C or higher, and linear regression (STAT 331 or 461) with a grade of B or higher.

Rules for Accepted Students

All admissions are conditional. The minimum condition is completion of the B.S. degree prior to full standing in M.S. program.

  • No undergraduate courses (100-400) may be counted toward a M.S. degree.
  • Courses completed at the 600 level prior to being accepted to the program may be counted toward a M.S. degree.
  • A maximum of 15 credits in the M.S. program can be used to meet the requirements for the B.S. degree; 9 of the 15 credits must be 700-level didactic AGEC/ECON courses.
  • Students entering the M.S. degree program with a B.S. degree in hand may not use courses earned as part of the bachelors program for the M.S. requirements.
  • The student must meet all of the requirements that would normally be expected of a student in the M.S. program.
  • Graduate stipend or assistantship will not be provided until B.S. degree is granted. However, students are eligible for hourly funding (i.e., time slip) if available. Upon completion of the B.S. degree requirement, students are eligible for assistantships pending availability.

Degree Requirements for Accelerated Masters of Science Program

Student must meet all requirements of the Economics, Agribusiness, or Agricultural Economics B.S.; and Agribusiness and Applied Economics M.S. programs to be awarded these degrees. The Graduate School has the following minimum requirements:

  • Minimum of 30 credits total.
  • Minimum of 16 course credits in 601-689 and/or 700-789 level.