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Economics and Statistics, MS

Department: Applied Economics Department; Mathematics and Statistics Department
College: College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences; College of Science



Economics and Statistics

About This Degree

The master’s degree in economics and statistics is a flexible, versatile degree that can help students meet two separate career goals. For students with strong quantitative interests in economics, this program consists of rigorous, doctoral-level coursework that serves as excellent preparation for prestigious PhD programs in economics. Students who are more interested in applied mathematics and statistics can pursue this degree and be qualified for careers as statistical analysts for a variety of organizations.

The program is focused both on gaining extensive quantitative economics knowledge and applying statistics skills to social science. The first year of coursework consists of high-level economics coursework and two prerequisite statistics courses. The second year is extremely customizable; students can choose from a wide variety of graduate-level courses in statistics and in economics, creating their own schedule based on their research or career interests.


Location(s)

  • MS - Logan Campus

The majority of students interested in pursuing further education or work in economics choose to go on to PhD programs. Students can also graduate with the master’s degree and pursue the following careers:                                                

  • Statistical analyst for all levels of government agencies
  • Quantitative analyst for consulting firms

Admissions Requirements

Prerequisite course work for all Masters Degree programs in APEC:

B.S./B.A. in Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Applied Economics, Economics, Environmental/Natural Resource Economics, or a closely related degree.

Or at a minimum evidence of the following coursework:

  • Microeconomic principles
  • Calculus
  • Basic Statistics
  • Intermediate/Managerial Microeconomics or comparable course

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

International students have additional admissions requirements.


Admissions Deadlines

The department has the following application deadline for students wishing to receive funding:

  • Fall semester – January 31

The deadline for admission without funding is:

  • Fall semester – June 30

*Candidates for the MS in Economics and Statistics program are accepted in odd years only.


Master's Degree Plan Option(s)

Students can receive the MS by pursuing one of two options:

  • In the Plan A option, students complete graduate-level coursework and must write a thesis.
  • The Plan B option requires the production of a paper or creative work of art and is expected to reflect equivalent scholarship standards as a thesis.

Financial Assistance

The department offers a limited amount of competitive research assistantships, which may qualify out-of-state students for tuition awards. As the availability of these assistantships varies year to year, students should check with the department for more information.

A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, and travel support. Additionally, students may be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.


Program Requirements

Click here to see course requirements for the Master of Science.

Although it is not required, some students in this program choose to participate in an internship. Recently, students have found internships at statewide environmental advocacy groups, municipal economic development agencies, and nationally recognized macroeconomic consulting firms.


Advisor(s)

Donald Snyder
Professor, Assistant Director of the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station, Dir.of Graduate Studies
Office: AGRS 414
Phone: (435) 797-2383
Email: don.snyder@usu.edu



Faculty

DeeVon Bailey, PhD, Texas A&M University
Professor
Area: Agricultural economics
Office: AGRS 225
Phone: (435) 797-2300
Email: deevon.bailey@usu.edu


Ryan Bosworth, PhD, University of Oregon
Assistant Professor
Area: Health/environmental economics
Office: AGRS 218
Phone: (435) 797-0594
Email: ryan.bosworth@usu.edu


Arthur Caplan, PhD, University of Oregon
Associate Professor
Area: Environmental and applied economics
Office: AGRS 230
Phone: (435) 797-0775
Email: arthur.caplan@usu.edu


Chris Corcoran, ScD, Harvard University
Associate Professor
Area: Epidemiology, biostatics, statistical genetics, categorical data, permutation methods
Office: LUND 204
Phone: (435) 797-4012
Email: chris.corcoran@usu.edu


Daniel Coster, PhD, University of California - Berkeley
Professor
Area: Optimal design, computational statistics
Office: LUND 310
Phone: (435) 797-2815
Email: dan.coster@usu.edu


Kynda Curtis, PhD, Washington State University
Associate Professor
Area: International agriculture, food marketing
Office: AGRS 222
Phone: (435) 797-0444
Email: kynda.curtis@usu.edu


Adele Cutler, PhD, University of California - Berkeley
Professor
Area: Statistical computing, statistics
Office: LUND 302
Phone: (435) 797-2761
Email: adele.cutler@usu.edu


Richard Cutler, PhD, University of California - Berkeley
Department Head, Professor
Area: Environmental and ecological statistics, experimental design
Office: LUND 215
Phone: (435) 797-2810
Email: richard.cutler@usu.edu


Eric Edwards, PhD, University of California - Santa Barbara
Assistant Professor
Area: Natural Resources Economics
Office: AGRS 227
Phone: (435)797-0915
Email: eric.edwards@usu.edu


Dillon Feuz, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Professor and Department Head
Area: Agricultural Economics
Office: AGRS 220A
Phone: (435)797-2296
Email: dillon.feuz@usu.edu


E. Robert Heal, PhD, University of Utah
Professor
Area: Analysis, statistics
Office: LUND 320 C
Phone: (435) 797-2853
Email: robert.heal@usu.edu


Paul Jakus, PhD, North Carolina State University
Professor
Area: Natural resource and environmental economics
Office: AGRS 226
Phone: (435) 797-2309
Email: paul.jakus@usu.edu


Man-Keun Kim, PhD, Texas A&M University
Assistant Professor
Area: Climate policy and production risk
Office: AGRS 229
Phone: (435) 797-2359
Email: mk.kim@usu.edu


Piotr Kokoszka, PhD, Boston University
Professor
Area: Statistics, time series analysis
Office: LUND 321
Phone: (435) 797-0746
Email: piotr.kokoszka@usu.edu


Gholamreza Oladi, PhD, McGill University
Associate Professor
Area: International trade
Office: AGRS 231
Phone: (435) 797-8196
Email: reza.oladi@usu.edu


Veronica Pozo, PhD, Kansas State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Agricultural Economics
Office: AGRS 223
Phone: (435) 797-3863
Email: veronica.pozo@usu.edu


Kady Schneiter, PhD, Utah State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Statistics, mathematics education
Office: LUND 221
Phone: (435) 797-2820
Email: kady.schneiter@usu.edu


Donald Snyder, PhD, Utah State University
Professor, Assistant Director of the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station, Dir.of Graduate Studies
Area: Agricultural and resource management
Office: AGRS 414
Phone: (435) 797-2383
Email: don.snyder@usu.edu


John Stevens, PhD, Purdue University
Assistant Professor
Area: Bioinformatics, applied statistics, meta-analysis
Office: LUND 202 C
Phone: (435) 797-2818
Email: john.r.stevens@usu.edu


Jurgen Symanzik, PhD, Iowa State University
Associate Professor
Area: Dynamic statistical graphics, geographic information systems, virtual reality and statistics, web-based applications in statistics
Office: LUND 325
Phone: (435) 797-0696
Email: juergen.symanzik@usu.edu


Ruby Ward, PhD, Texas A&M University
Professor
Area: Strategic management, business planning, mathematical programming
Office: AGRS 224
Phone: (435) 797-2323
Email: ruby.ward@usu.edu


Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

American Statistical Association: ASA is the largest organization of mathematicians in industry and academe. The ASA supports excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy. Its members serve in industry, government, and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare.

Association of Environmental Resource Economists: AERE is a professional association for economists working in the environmental and natural resources fields. It serves as a means for exchanging ideas, stimulating research, and promoting graduate training in environmental and resource economics.

Biometric Society: ENAR and WNAR (the eastern and western North American regions) is an association of statisticians working on problems in statistics with biological, agricultural, and medical applications. The society’s goal is to advance biological and life science through the development of quantitative theories and the application, development, and dissemination of effective mathematical and statistical techniques.

Institute of Mathematical Statistics: IMS is an organization mainly for research statisticians working in academe. The IMS is an international professional and scholarly society devoted to the development, dissemination, and application of statistics and probability. The institute currently has about 4,500 members in all parts of the world.

Western Economic Association International: Founded in 1922, the Western Economic Association International is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to encouraging and communicating economic research and analysis. The association's principal activities include publishing two refereed quarterly journals and staging scholarly conferences that are forums for current economic research.


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