Applied Economics (Graduate)

Further your understanding of economic theory and data analysis while conducting high-level research, either in preparation for advanced consulting and research or academia.

Applied Economics – Master of Science (M.S.)

The graduate Applied Economics program at Montana State develops students’ understanding of economic theory and quantitative and econometric data analysis applied to a broad range of economic problems. These capabilities are developed through a breadth of coursework and collaborative research with department faculty. The Applied Economics program offers the opportunity to undertake advanced coursework in economics and conduct high-level research without committing to a lengthy Ph.D. program.




Graduates of the Applied Economics graduate program include Molly DelCurto ’20, whose research project on a new element of federal crop insurance called the Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance Program earned her one of the top awards at the Graduate Student Extension Competition.




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Carnegie Classified
The prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education® ranks Montana State University among the Top 5 public, 4-year universities for Very High Research Activity with a STEM-dominant research doctoral program.

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Economic Vitality
Bozeman's long-term growth has earned the city recognition as the country's #1 Strongest Micropolitan Economy by Florida-based think tank Policom's annual study.

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Top of the Pack
The Applied Economics graduate program at Montana State is consistently ranked in the top five in the nation among master’s programs in agricultural and natural resource economics.




Fund Your Education

The College of Agriculture and MSU offer a wide variety of ways to help fund your graduate education: Agricultural scholarship opportunities can be found here. Many MSU departments offer graduate teaching assistantships and other graduate appointments. Information on GTAs and other opportunities can be found here.

Learn By Doing

In addition to a wide range of coursework, students in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics:

  • Enjoy a low student-to-faculty ratio, making collaborative work and student support a priority.
  • Have the opportunity to attend MSU’s annual Fall Outlook Conference, which assesses the economic climate in Montana and beyond.
  • Engage at research seminars throughout the year with renowned faculty from MSU and research institutions across the nation.