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Resource Economics and Management M.S.

Jan. 9, 2023

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Prepare For a Variety of Careers in Business and Government

The Master of Science in Resource Economics and Management, offered by the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, provides advanced training in the areas of natural resource, environmental, agricultural, mineral, energy, agribusiness, international, and rural development economics. Only a handful of other institutions across the country offer a relevant online master’s program in this area and the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that graduates of programs in the fields of natural resources and agriculture will be needed in the coming years to address issues related to food security and sustainable energy. The program can be completed with or without a thesis.

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Learning Formats

Online Courses

Start Date

January 9, 2023
May 15, 2023
August 16, 2023

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Resource Economics and Management

Program Details

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Curriculum layout: 8-week courses and 16-week courses. The program is 30 hours with or without a thesis. Students completing a thesis take 6 research credits as part of their 30 hours; students who are not completing a thesis take 30 course credits.

Students develop their formalized plan of study during their first year, in conjunction with the graduate committee.

WVU allows students to complete prerequisites before beginning coursework, but after being admitted to the program. Prerequisites for admission include the following:

  • Twelve or more semester credits in economics, agricultural and resource economics, statistics, or appropriate social science courses (should include a course in intermediate microeconomics)
  • Three or more semester hours of credit in calculus

Students lacking these prerequisites must complete coursework to acquire them. Graduate programs are planned to ensure that candidates develop competence in the following:

  • Communicating economic policy issues
  • Theoretical and analytical skills to analyze and evaluate economic policies
  • Research to develop economic policy proposals

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Applications accepted on a rolling basis for start in January, May, or August.

Admission Guidelines

  • A completed WVU online graduate application here.
  • Submit an official bachelor’s degree transcript from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75
  • Submit scores for GRE
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • CV or Resume

For more information, visit the Graduate Admissions page.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Resource Economics and Management M.S. requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $671.

Total Degree Cost

$20,130 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $671
3 $2,013
6 $4,026
9 $6,039

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Financial Aid

WVU provides a comprehensive approach to helping you finance your education. Learn more by visiting the Student Financial Services website.

Students are encouraged to:

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by the March 1 deadline to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827; and
  • Check with your employer to see if they provide financial support for earning your graduate degree.

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Master of Science in Resource Economics and Management may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Climate Change Policy Analyst
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Operations Research Analyst
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Environmental Economist
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Financial Analyst
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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