Agricultural Economics - 5-Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Public Service Administration

The Joint-Degree Program between the Department of Agricultural Economics and The Bush School of Government & Public Service allows undergraduate Agricultural Economics students to enter the Master of Public Service Program the beginning of their fourth year at Texas A&M University.

Agricultural Economics majors who have at least a 3.25 GPA and who will have completed all of their prerequisite courses and otherwise completed 94 hours by the fall of their fourth year will be eligible to apply for the five-year program during their junior year.  Applicants to the five-year program will submit the same materials (including GRE scores) as other MPSA applicants, and those whose records are judged to be competitive by the mid-January deadline will be invited to attend the GBS Interview Conference Weekend in late February/early March.  The admissions criteria for the five-year program will be the same as for other MPSA students.

Students who choose not to finish the MPSA degree after being admitted to the five-year program may exit the program at any time.  Completed MPSA courses will be applied to their bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, and students will select the Agricultural Economics option area that is most appropriate for their interest.  Failure to complete the MPSA program will in no way impede their ability to attain a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics when the requirements for that degree are completed.  

Advising for the five-year program will involve a coordinated effort by the Undergraduate Program Office in the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Director of the MPSA program in the Bush School.  Advising by the Department of Agricultural Economics will help ensure that interested students have satisfied the prerequisite course requirements for their bachelor’s degree by the beginning of their senior year.  The MPSA director and GBS director of recruiting will also be available for agricultural economics students who wish to set up appointments to talk individually about the MPSA program’s curriculum and career opportunities available to its graduates.

Students admitted into the five-year program (having completed a minimum of 103 credit hours toward their bachelor’s degree) will be enrolled in Bush School graduate courses with an undergraduate classification (U4) for the fall of their fourth year and will be reclassified as degree-seeking master’s degree students (G7) upon completing 116 credit hours.  This will normally occur at the beginning of the spring semester of their fourth year.

Students in the five-year program will be required to complete the same two-year, 48-hour curriculum as other students admitted to the Bush School’s MPSA program.  The curriculum combines nine core courses in public management, policy analysis, economics and research methods with seven electives.

A professional internship is also required and must be completed in the summer between the first and second years at the Bush School for those without substantive professional experience.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
AGEC 105Introduction to Agricultural Economics 13
ENGL 103 or ENGL 104Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition or Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 141Finite Mathematics 3
American History 23
Life and physical sciences elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 142Business Calculus 3
American History 23
Communication 3
Life and physical sciences elective 3
Creative arts elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
ECON 202Principles of Economics 3
AGEC 217Fundamentals of Agricultural Economics Analysis 43
ACCT 209Survey of Accounting Principles 3
POLS 206American National Government 23
Language, philosophy and culture elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ECON 203Principles of Economics 3
ACCT 210Survey of Managerial and Cost Accounting Principles 3
POLS 207State and Local Government 23
Life and physical sciences elective 3
STAT 303Statistical Methods 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Summer
AGEC 314Marketing Agricultural and Food Products 3
Directed non-agricultural economics elective 3
Select one of the following:
Economic Data Analysis  
Energy Markets and Policy  
Natural Resources Policy  
Fundamentals of Food Law  
Resources and the Environment or Environmental Justice  
Global Science and Policy Making  
Principles of Marketing  
Introduction to Public Administration  
Global Political Thought  
International Political Economy  
Contemporary Issues in American Foreign Policy  
Foreign Policy Decision Making  
Public Policies and Policymaking  
National Security Policy or Government and the Economy  
Issues in Environmental Quality  
Employment Discrimination Law  
 Term Semester Credit Hours6
Third Year
Fall
ECON 323Microeconomic Theory 3
AGEC 330Financial Management in Agriculture 3
AGEC 340Agribusiness Management 3
AGEC 429Agricultural Policy 43
AGEC 452 or AGEC 453International Trade and Agriculture or International Agribusiness Marketing 3
Directed agricultural economics elective 53
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
AGEC 317Economic Analysis for Agribusiness Management 3
AGEC 344Food and Agricultural Law 3
AGEC 350Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 3
AGEC 430 or ECON 311Macroeconomics of Agriculture or Money and Banking 3
AGEC 481Ethics in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics 1
Directed agricultural economics elective 53
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Summer
Directed non-agricultural economics elective 3
Select one from the following:
Economic Data Analysis  
Energy Markets and Policy  
Natural Resources Policy  
Fundamentals of Food Law  
Resources and the Environment or Environmental Justice  
Global Science and Policy Making  
Principles of Marketing  
Introduction to Public Administration  
Global Political Thought  
International Political Economy  
Contemporary Issues in American Foreign Policy  
Foreign Policy Decision Making  
Public Policies and Policymaking  
National Security Policy or Government and the Economy  
Issues in Environmental Quality  
Employment Discrimination Law  
 Term Semester Credit Hours3
Fourth Year
Fall
General Electives 14
Quantitative Methods in Public Management I  
Foundations of Public Service  
Economic Analysis or Foundations of Microeconomic Theory  
Public Finance  
Social Welfare and Health Policy  
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
AGEC elective 600-level 3
Select one of the following:
Natural Resource Economics  
Water Resource Economics  
Research Methodology  
Economics of Biosecurity  
Global Food and Agribusiness Policy  
Sustainability in World Development  
International Agribusiness Trade Analysis  
 Term Semester Credit Hours3
Summer
Professional Internship
 Term Semester Credit Hours0
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
Fifth Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
PSAA 611Public Policy Formation 3
PSAA 675Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar 3
Elective 600-level 6
One approved PSAA Elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
PSAA 615Policy Analysis 3
PSAA 676Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar II 3
Elective 600-level 9
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 30
1

This course meets the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

2

Completion of four semesters of upper-level ROTC may be substituted for 3 hours of American History and 3 hours of Government/Political Science. Students under ROTC contract, see Requirement 7 of the Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree.

3

The 6 hours of International and Cultural Diversity credits, as required for graduation, may be met in the curriculum. Students may select a Language, Philosophy and Culture elective, and a Creative Arts elective, that also meet the International and Cultural Diversity requirement.

4

All undergraduate students must take at least two courses in their major designated as writing intensive (W). This course is an approved W course.

5

To be selected in consultation with an advisor.

The program includes a total of 150 hours with 17 hours being applied toward both the B.S. in AGEC and the MPSA (14 hours of general electives and 3 hours of 600-level AGEC coursework).