Economics (Applied Economics Department): PhD
The PhD in economics gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in research. The program emphasizes applied economic theory and quantitative analysis, and students can focus their studies in environmental and natural resource economics, agricultural economics, or regional economic development.
PhD graduates have had opportunities to work on research projects funded by organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Education, among others. Many graduates have published refereed journal articles that stem from their graduate work in scholarly journals.
A specialization is not required.
- Climate Adaptation Science (Economics PhD): The Climate Adaptation Science specialization provides students with experiences in actionable science through internship and research experiences. Program includes interdisciplinary research to identify adaptive responses to changing climate extremes and two-part internships with agency, NGO, and industry partners. In a first internship, students contribute to projects and learn the workplace cultures and science needs of the host. The internship experiences inform interdisciplinary climate adaptation research by student teams. In a second internship, students share science results and tools with the host organization and help put that science into action.
While graduates primarily pursue careers in research and academia, this degree also prepares students for positions in:
- Private consulting firms
- Regional and national policy-making agencies
- Private, not-for-profit organizations
- Community/regional economic planning and development agencies
Prerequisite course work for the PhD in Economics:
M.S. 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
- Intermediate Microeconomics
- Basic Econometrics
- 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.
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
PhD candidates are accepted in odd years only.
Students must take a qualifying examination at the end of their first year. It is composed of two, four-hour exams covering 1) microeconomics and 2) econometrics and quantitative methods.
Both exams must be passed before moving on to the second year of study.
The department offers a limited amount of competitive research assistantships and tuition awards. As the availability of these assistantships varies from 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.
Sherzod Akhundjanov, PhD, Washington State University
Area: Applied Economics/Statistics, Applied Microeconomics
Office: AGRS 225
Phone: (435) 797-8552
Ryan Bosworth, PhD, University of Oregon
Area: Health/environmental economics
Office: AGRS 218
Phone: (435) 797-0594
Arthur Caplan, PhD, University of Oregon
Area: Environmental and applied economics
Office: AGRS 230
Phone: (435) 797-0775
Kynda Curtis, PhD, Washington State University
Area: International agriculture, food marketing
Office: AGRS 222
Phone: (435) 797-0444
Dillon Feuz, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Professor and Department Head
Area: Agricultural Economics
Office: AGRS 220A
Paul Jakus, PhD, North Carolina State University
Area: Natural resource and environmental economics
Office: AGRS 226
Phone: (435) 797-2309
Man-Keun Kim, PhD, Texas A&M University
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Area: Climate policy and production risk
Office: AGRS 229
Phone: (435) 797-2359
Ryan Larsen, PhD, Texas A&M University
Area: Agribusiness, Farm Management, Risk Analysis
Office: AGRS 228
Phone: (435) 797-0784
Gholamreza Oladi, PhD, McGill University
Area: International trade
Office: AGRS 231
Phone: (435) 797-8196
Veronica Pozo, PhD, Kansas State University
Area: Agricultural Economics
Office: AGRS 223
Phone: (435) 797-3863
Ruby Ward, PhD, Texas A&M University
Area: Strategic management, business planning, mathematical programming
Office: AGRS 224
Phone: (435) 797-2323
Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs
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.
Labs, Centers, Research
Center for Integrated BioSystems: The CIB leads a progressive, interdisciplinary effort in research, core services, and education serving agriculture and life sciences. The CIB is where the first hybrid animal, a mule, was cloned, and was named one of “30 Awesome College Labs” by Popular Science magazine. The CIB has a research program with several active projects in diverse areas of life science that encompass plant, animal, and microbe functional genomics.
Utah Agricultural Experiment Station: The UAES is part of a network of researchers and facilities at the nation’s land-grant universities and is committed to improving agriculture and managing natural resources for the people of Utah. At research facilities on the USU campus and throughout the state, UAES supports hundreds of research projects that promote agriculture and human nutrition and enhance the quality of rural life.