Graduate Programs

Why Pursue a Graduate Degree at Iowa State?

The Department of Economics presents a unique tradition of excellence in graduate education, offering two master's programs and doctorate degrees in economics and agricultural economics. All emphasize rigorous analysis and advance training in economic theory, econometrics, and several traditional and novel applied fields of inquiry.


The Master of Science in Agricultural Economics (MSAE) is a one-year professional-track program designed to yield job-ready graduates with advanced training in applied economics.


The Master of Science in Economics program (MSE) is designed primarily for students who have the desire and aptitude to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics or Agricultural Economics.


The Ph.D. program, with majors in economics and agricultural economics, ranks at or near the top when compared to those at other schools, in research activity, faculty productivity, student support, and quality of education.