Agricultural and Resource Economics

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics offers programs leading to PhD degrees. Due to quota limitations, students are rarely admitted for the master's degree, although it may be awarded to students who are pursuing work toward the PhD in our program (or in another field at Berkeley) after fulfillment of the appropriate MS requirements.

The Agricultural and Resource Economics Program is relatively flexible; however, the program stresses economic theory, quantitative methods, and two elective fields defined in consultation with the graduate adviser. Some common elective fields include development economics, natural resource or environmental economics, agricultural policy, and international markets and trade.

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Admission to the University

Applying for Graduate Admission

Thank you for considering UC Berkeley for graduate study! UC Berkeley offers more than 120 graduate programs representing the breadth and depth of interdisciplinary scholarship. The Graduate Division hosts a complete list of graduate academic programs, departments, degrees offered, and application deadlines can be found on the Graduate Division website.

Prospective students must submit an online application to be considered for admission, in addition to any supplemental materials specific to the program for which they are applying. The online application and steps to take to apply can be found on the Graduate Division website.

Admission Requirements

The minimum graduate admission requirements are:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;

  2. A satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and

  3. Enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.

For a list of requirements to complete your graduate application, please see the Graduate Division’s Admissions Requirements page. It is also important to check with the program or department of interest, as they may have additional requirements specific to their program of study and degree. Department contact information can be found here.

Where to apply?

Visit the Berkeley Graduate Division application page.

Doctoral Degree Requirements


A,RESEC 201Production, Industrial Organization, and Regulation in Agriculture4
A,RESEC 202Issues and Concepts in Agricultural Economics4
A,RESEC 210Probability and Statistics4
A,RESEC 212Econometrics: Multiple Equation Estimation4
A,RESEC 213Applied Econometrics4
A,RESEC 219AEconometric Project Workshop2
A,RESEC 219BEconometric Project Workshop2
ECON 201AEconomic Theory4
ECON 201BEconomic Theory4
ECON 202AMacroeconomics4
or ECON 202B Macroeconomics
MATH 104Introduction to Analysis4
or ECON 204 Mathematical Tools for Economics


Agricultural and Resource Economics

Contact Information

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

207 Giannini Hall, #3310

Phone: 510-642-3345

Fax: 510-643-8911

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Department Chair

Jeremy Magruder

207 Giannini Hall

Head Graduate Advisor

Michael L Anderson, PhD

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Carmen Karahalios

203 Giannini Hall

Phone: 510-642-3347

Department Manager

Alana Silva

207 Giannini Hall

Phone: 510-643-8319

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