Educational Policies Committee Program Proposal, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, July 19, 2013 - Discontinuation of the Plan C in the M.S. Degree in Applied Economics and Creation of a Master of Applied Economics

Abstract

Recently the Applied Economics department (APEC) completed an in-depth review of all its graduate programs and identified opportunities to improve selected programs. The current Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Economics degree program offers specializations in Agricultural Economics, Natural Resource Economics, and Regional Economic Development. In this M.S. program, students can select to complete either the Plan A (30 credits including 6 thesis credits), Plan B (30 credits including 3 thesis credits), or Plan C (33 credits-coursework only) option. In the review of the APEC graduate program, it was found that the Plan C option was not representative of the rigors and activities associated with completing an M.S. degree. Therefore, the request of this R401 is to eliminate the Plan C option from the Master of Science in Applied Economics degree program and to restructure this Plan C into a Master of Applied Economics. This restructured professional degree is designed to meet the needs of practicing career professionals. The current Master of Science in Applied Economics degree will continue as a Plan A Thesis option or Plan B technical paper option with specializations in Agricultural Economics, Natural Resource Economics, or Regional Economic Development

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