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M.S. Degree in Ag & Applied Economics Offered at UW-Madison
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/11/2019

Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison now have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Agricultural & Applied Economics Professional Option, as well as Certified Business Economist professional certification at the same time. It's part of a partnership with the National Association for Business Economics, which is the premier professional association for business economists.

The master's program is a full time, 15-month accelerated STEM initiative that prepares students to enter the professional workforce in data-intensive and quantitatively focused jobs in industries like economic consulting, agribusinesses, nonprofit organizations, and government sectors.

The curriculum features three semesters and one summer term of core offerings in econometrics, economic theory, and professional development, along with a capstone practicum class leading to a professional report that functions as a thesis. Students can pursue individual interests in five major fields of specialty: environmental economics, development, food and agriculture, commodity, and energy.

"Agricultural and Applied Economics' rigorous training featuring both hard and soft skills will equip students with the necessary skills to compete for jobs in economic consulting, business, agribusiness, nonprofit organizations focused on development, and governmental sectors," says Jeremy Foltz, chair of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department at UW-Madison. "The CBE certification will validate these competencies and signal the studentsí commitment to stay up to date with the latest developments in economic analysis."

Launched in 2015, the Certified Business Economist is a comprehensive professional certification program of study and examination covering core topics in applied economics and data analytics. Students who matriculate in qualifying master's or undergraduate degree programs at CBE partner universities will be able to complete their CBE requirements by taking additional coursework while studying for their degrees, and sit for the CBE exam that will be offered on campus each year.

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