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Economics and Statistics: MS

Economics and Statistics

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.

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

Admission 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.

Admission 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.

Program Requirements

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.

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.

Sherzod Akhundjanov, PhD, Washington State University
Assistant Professor
Department: Applied Economics Department
Area: Applied Economics/Statistics, Applied Microeconomics
Office: AGRS 225
Phone: (435) 797-8552

Ryan Bosworth, PhD, University of Oregon
Associate Professor
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

Chris Corcoran, ScD, Harvard University
Professor, Department Head
Area: Epidemiology, biostatics, statistical genetics, categorical data, permutation methods
Office: ANSC 110
Phone: (435) 797-2810

Daniel Coster, PhD, University of California - Berkeley
Area: Optimal design, computational statistics
Office: ANSC 219
Phone: (435) 797-2815

Kynda Curtis, PhD, Washington State University
Area: International agriculture, food marketing
Office: AGRS 222
Phone: (435) 797-0444

Adele Cutler, PhD, University of California - Berkeley
Area: Statistical computing, statistics
Office: ANSC 308
Phone: (435) 797-2761

Richard Cutler, PhD, University of California - Berkeley
Area: Environmental and ecological statistics, experimental design
Office: ANSC 202
Phone: (435) 797-5363

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

E. Robert Heal, PhD, University of Utah
Area: Analysis, statistics
Office: ANSC 306
Phone: (435) 797-2853

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

Piotr Kokoszka, PhD, Boston University
Area: Statistics, time series analysis
Office: LUND 321
Phone: (435) 797-0746

Ryan Larsen, PhD, Texas A&M University
Assistant Professor
Department: Applied Economics Department
Area: Agribusiness, Farm Management, Risk Analysis
Office: AGRS 228
Phone: (435) 797-0784

Gholamreza Oladi, PhD, McGill University
Associate Professor
Area: International trade
Office: AGRS 231
Phone: (435) 797-8196

Veronica Pozo, PhD, Kansas State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Agricultural Economics
Office: AGRS 223
Phone: (435) 797-3863

Kady Schneiter, PhD, Utah State University
Associate Professor
Area: Statistics, mathematics education
Office: ANSC 323
Phone: (435) 797-2820

John Stevens, PhD, Purdue University
Professor, Assistant Department Head for Graduate Studies
Department: Mathematics and Statistics Department
Area: Bioinformatics, applied statistics, meta-analysis
Office: ANSC 224
Phone: (435) 797-2818

Jurgen Symanzik, PhD, Iowa State University
Area: Dynamic statistical graphics, geographic information systems, virtual reality and statistics, web-based applications in statistics
Office: ANSC 313
Phone: (435) 797-0696

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

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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Academic Advising

Man-Keun Kim
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Office: AGRS 229
Phone: (435) 797-2359

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