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Abstract

In the fall of 2012, current students in agricultural and resource economics or affiliated graduate programs were surveyed at 30 U.S. universities. The survey elicited thoughts and opinions of students about their programs, future career goals, and preparation for a graduate degree in the field. The evidence suggests that students are well-aware of the nature of graduate schools and have clear goals about post-graduation careers, with strong attitudes about the importance of quantitative preparation prior to enrollment. The findings indicate that students are pragmatic about applying for, and ultimately choosing, graduate schools, with the greatest emphasis on funding and major professor. Furthermore, there seems to be a structural mismatch between the field of interest among students and the current hiring trends in the profession.

 

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