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Agricultural and Resource Economics

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administrative contact

Lisa Lewis
phone: 304-293-5541

program contact

Peter Schaeffer
phone: 304-293-5572

Program Details

Program Description

Agricultural and Resource Economics is an applied economics program that deals with the analysis and understanding of natural resources, environmental, agricultural, rural development, and international agricultural and resource issues. Training in the area broadens intellectual horizons and helps prepare students for a variety of professional careers in business, government, and academia.

Our faculty offer graduate programs leading to the master of science (MS) degree in agricultural and resource economics and the doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree. The PhD degree program is in Resource Management and Sustainable Development, which includes two options: Natural Resource Economics (NRE) and Resource Management (RM). These programs are designed to provide both a required core of course work for advanced training in the field and the flexibility to meet individual student needs.

Career Profile

Agricultural and resource economists work in a wide range of activities including agricultural production and marketing, business management, consumer analysis, natural resource management, environmental assessment, energy economics, policy analysis, international trade, and economic development.

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Personal Statement
  • Recommendations: 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Test Requirements: GRE

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Priority: for funding consideration - April
  • Fall Deadline: Domestic - June, Int'l - April
  • Spring Deadline: Fall start is suggested


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.