Application Deadline

Completed applications must be submitted by January 15th; late applications will be considered as space and funding are available.

Core graduate courses are taught at a level that requires entering students to have successfully completed courses in intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, calculus, matrix algebra, and statistics. Students who have not completed the prerequisite material, but who have apparent potential for graduate study, may be admitted to the program on a provisional basis. A math review course is offered prior to Fall semester each year for all incoming graduate students.

Required Tests

Official GRE scores must be sent from the testing agency to Montana State University (use code 4488).

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student. 

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal.


The Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics offers a Master of Science degree in Applied Economics. This graduate program encourages students to develop an understanding of, and capability to use, the tools of economic analysis in solving a broad spectrum of problems in economics. Understanding is developed through coursework in economic theory, quantitative methods, and econometrics. Coursework is supplemented through collaborative work with departmental faculty, with a wide variety of research topics available. Training cumulates in an intensive research thesis that addresses important economic issues.

Our program has developed a strong reputation as a leader in preparing students for Ph.D. study, as well as employment in a variety of areas. Many employers and faculty seek us out as a source for potential employees and Ph.D. students. Our program has been consistently ranked in the top five in the nation among Master’s programs in agricultural and natural resource economics.