Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs. The Department offers graduate studies leading to an M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics or a Ph.D. in Economics. The AAEC Ph.D. in Economics is jointly offered with the Department of Economics. 

Priority Application Deadline – January 5

All application materials are submitted electronically to the Graduate School. The department’s graduate admissions committee reviews all applications and recommends admission to the Graduate School.

Visiting and Applying

Entry requirements for the graduate program in AAEC are:

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;

2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 base) for the last two years (60 semester credit hours) of undergraduate studies or satisfactory performance at the graduate level;

3. GRE verbal and quantitative scores that are at least in the top 40th percentile with preference given to those that are higher;

4. Timely submission of the required application forms, transcripts, and reference letters, usually before January 1; and

5. For international students whose primary language is other than English, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based (PBT), 213 computer-based (CBT) or 80 internet-based test (iBT). On the iBT, subscores of at least 20 on each subtest (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) are required for admission.

The student’s GPA, GRE, reference letters, personal statement letter, fit with the program, and TOEFL scores, if needed, are evaluated comprehensively. There are no specific undergraduate course prerequisites for the graduate economics program, but almost all graduate economics courses call for an initial understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic theory equivalent to 3 semester hours (at a minimum) beyond basic principles. Graduate students are assumed to have a working knowledge of basic statistics, differential and integral calculus, analytic geometry, and matrix algebra. Specific fields of study may require additional prior knowledge equivalent to that obtained in relevant undergraduate courses.

Students meeting the entrance requirements outlined above may be admitted to the graduate program to pursue either a master’s degree or a Ph.D. Those students admitted for a master’s degree must reapply for admission to the Ph.D. program should they eventually choose to pursue the higher degree.

We welcome visits from prospective graduate students. It’s best to schedule a visit two weeks in advance so we have the opportunity to line up interviews with faculty and current students working in your area of interest. See travel directions to Virginia Tech.

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Darrell Bosch
Graduate Program Director
308 Hutcheson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Normand Adams 
Graduate Program Coordinator
309-B Hutcheson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-0913
Fax: 540-231-7417