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 at the beginning of their senior year (typically year four) at Texas A&M University.  This enables students to receive both their Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics (B.S. AGEC) and a Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) graduate degree, with a track emphasis in public policy analysis (PPA), in five years.  The program includes a total of 151 hours with 17 hours double-counting to both degrees.

To be considered for the 5-year degree program, Agricultural Economics students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and have completed 103 of the 120 hours of course work required to receive a bachelor’s degree.  These courses must include all of the specific prerequisites for a B.S. in Agricultural Economics, as well as the courses required by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and by Texas A&M University for an undergraduate degree.

Students in the 3+2 program will submit the same materials (including GRE scores) as other MPSA applicants; the one exception to this is the submission of a 2-page application found on the Bush School website rather than the ApplyTexas application, hence no application fee.  Students 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 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. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
AGEC 105 Introduction to Agricultural Economics 1 3
ENGL 103
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
or Composition and Rhetoric
3
MATH 141 Finite Mathematics 3
American History 2 3
Life and physical sciences elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
American History 2 3
Communication 3
Life and physical sciences elective 3
Creative arts elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 3
AGEC 217 Fundamentals of Agricultural Economics Analysis 4 3
ACCT 209 Survey of Accounting Principles 3
POLS 206 American National Government 2 3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ECON 203 Principles of Economics 3
ACCT 210 Survey of Managerial and Cost Accounting Principles 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 2 3
Life and physical sciences elective 3
STAT 303 Statistical Methods 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Summer
AGEC 314 Marketing 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  
Resources and the Environment
or Environmental Justice
 
Global Science and Policy Making  
Principles of Marketing  
Fundamentals of Food Law  
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  
 Semester Credit Hours6
Third Year
Fall
ECON 323 Microeconomic Theory 3
AGEC 330 Financial Management in Agriculture 3
AGEC 340 Agribusiness Management 3
AGEC 429 Agricultural Policy 4 3
AGEC 452
International Trade and Agriculture
or International Agribusiness Marketing
3
Directed agricultural economics elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
AGEC 317 Economic Analysis for Agribusiness Management 3
AGEC 344 Food and Agricultural Law 3
AGEC 350 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 3
AGEC 430
Macroeconomics of Agriculture
or Money and Banking
3
AGEC 481 Ethics in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics 1
Directed agricultural economics elective 5 3
 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  
Resources and the Environment
or Environmental Justice
 
Global Science and Policy Making  
Principles of Marketing  
Fundamentals of Food Law  
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  
 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  
 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  
 Semester Credit Hours3
Summer
Professional Internship  
 Semester Credit Hours0
 Total Semester Credit Hours120
MPSA Degree Requirements48
BUSH 631Quantitative Methods in Public Management I
PSAA 601Foundations of Public Service
PSAA 611Public Policy Formation
PSAA 615Policy Analysis
PSAA 621Economic Analysis
PSAA 622Public Finance
PSAA 643Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
PSAA 675Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar
PSAA 676Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar II
Electives

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).

See the MPSA program in the Graduate and Professional Catalog for the MPSA requirements.