Admission to the MS-AEAB program begins with an application to Graduate School that requires a $40 ($50 for international students) nonrefundable application fee. Students who plan to engage in advanced study in the AEAB Department must first be admitted to the Graduate School. International students must apply through International Student Services by completing the International Application of Admissions form and paying the nonrefundable application fee of $50. Admission to the MS-AEAB program is coordinated through the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business once all materials have been received and processed by the Graduate School.
Admission to the Graduate School and to AEAB graduate programs for the Master of Science in Agricultural Economics (AEEC) or the Master of Agriculture in Agribusiness requires that students attain regular status which is granted to applicants with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 in the last half of their undergraduate work, along with submission of GRE scores. Students without adequate GPA can apply to the Graduate School as a non- degree graduate student and take 9 graduate credits plus pre-requisite undergraduate courses. With a 3.0 GPA on the 9 graduate credits the student can reapply to the AEAB program for admission.
GPA 3.0 or better
GRE required (verbal, analytical and quantitative sections) prior to admission (beginning with Fall 2013 admission)
- Information on GRE testing can be found at NMSU TESTING SERVICES
If applying for teaching or research assistantship only
- Application for Assistantship Form
- 3 Letters of recommendation
The graduate school may require that international students complete one or more English as a foreign language courses. If required, the student should enroll in the first such course during his or her first semester at NMSU. In all cases, the first course must be successfully completed by the end of the second semester of enrollment. All English as a foreign language courses must be satisfactorily completed by the end of the student's fourth semester.
No specific deadlines for receipt of applications for admission into the MS-AEAB program is enforced but applications are expected by June 1 for fall semester and by November 1 for spring semester.
Majors and Options Available
The Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business (AEAB) offers:
four different Master's Degree programs and two Doctoral Degree programs :
A Master of Science in Agricultural Economics in cooperation with the graduate faculty of the Department of Economics;
a Master of Agriculture with specialization in Agribusiness, which draws from classes offered by the College of Business; a Master of Business Administration with specialization in Agribusiness administered through the College of Business; a Master of Science and a PhD in Water Science & Management - an interdisciplinary program designed for students who want to study beyond just one discipline and offered by the Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Department, the Department of Animal and Range Sciences, the Department of Geography, the Department of Civil Engineering, and the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences.
In addition, our Department offers two doctoral degree programs: a Doctor of Economic Development and Doctor of Philosophy in Water Science & Management.
A candidate for a master's degree outside our department may select a minor in Agricultural Economics in addition to their major. Completion of nine credits of graduate work (3 AEEC courses) is necessary for this minor at the master's level. The selected courses should be approved by Dr. Ram Acharya, the Chair of the Departmental Graduate Committee and AEAB Graduate Programs Coordinator. To record a minor on a student's permanent record, the minor must be listed on the "Application for Admission to Candidacy" which is submitted to the Graduate School.
Students interested in pursuing any of these programs should contact the appropriate Graduate Program Coordinator(s) (see Section "Advising" below) or Dr. Jay Lillywhite (AEAB Department Head).
Graduate assistantships in teaching and research are available through the department and awarded on a competitive basis.
Teaching assistantships (TA) are awarded for the academic year (9 months). Teaching assignments for Teaching Assistants (TAs) are changed each semester; Teaching Assistants will often have work assignments with professors other than their advisor.
Research assistantships (RA) are awarded for either 9 or 12 months. Research assignments for RAs are usually with the same faculty member for the duration of the student's program of study.
Assistantships (TA and RA) may be awarded for 10 hours (half-time) or 20 hours (full-time). Graduate students on assistantship are required to carry and complete at least nine graduate credit hours of graded graduate coursework per semester, which is considered to be a full course load. Students must also have a regular admission status to receive an assistantship and must maintain a graduate GPA of 3.0 to remain eligible for assistantship.
All students with at least 10 hours of assistantship receive a waiver of out-of-state tuition.
Graduate Program Coordinators
The Graduate Program Coordinator advises graduate students about their program of study, verifies that students meet Graduate School and Departmental requirements, and administers departmental admissions, financial aid, and placement.
Dr. Ram Acharya, the Chair of the Departmental Graduate Committee and AEAB Graduate Programs Coordinator, responds to inquires regarding graduate study for the degrees Master of Science in Agricultural Economics, Master of Agriculture with specialization in Agribusiness, and Master of Business Administration with specialization in Agribusiness.
Office: Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 381A
Phone: (575) 646-2524
Fax: (575)646-3808; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students interested in pursuing or enrolled in a Master of Science in Water Science & Management and Doctor of Philosophy in Water Science & Management programs should contact Patrick Natoni, the MS and PhD WSM Program Coordinator.
Office: Stucky Hall, Room 111
Office phone: (575)646-4198
Students interested in pursuing or enrolled in a Doctor of Economic Development program should contact DED Program Director, Dr. J. Michael Patrick.
Office: Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 343
Office phone: (575)646-5682
Cell phone: (575)202-4253
Upon entering the program, each graduate student is temporarily assigned to a Faculty member for advising by the Graduate Program Coordinator based on the student's areas of interest and career objectives. Eventually, students may remain or choose a new permanent Faculty Advisor that is usually in a student's principal field of interest. Faculty Advisors, along with advising students about courses, research, and job placement in that field, also assist advisee(s) to ensure they are on track for graduation. Graduate students are required to meet with their advisor on a regular basis to ensure graduation requirements are being satisfied.
Departmental Student Services Center
The Departmental Student Services Center maintains copies of all graduate student records and is located in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 379. Irma Marshall, a full-time staff member, is the administrative assistant in the Departmental Student Services Center and familiar with the graduate school rules and regulations, and provides additional support for the graduate students including applications for graduate assistantship.
AEAB Department Graduate Student Information
Ag Economics and Ag Business Programs Graduate Student Handbook 2014-15
Students please note that this handbook is in the process of being updated. The new 2017-18 handbook will go online as soon as it is complete. Feel free to visit with Dr. Acharya, AEEC Graduate Chairman, or Dr. Lillywhite, Department Head for any questions regarding our graduate programs.
- Doctor of Economic Development Program Graduate Student Handbook (under development)
NMSU Graduate Links
NMSU International Student and Scholar ServicesOffice of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) has information on applying, forms, scholarships, etc., of interest to international students.