Master of Science (MSc) in Agricultural Economics at University of Hohenheim

University of Hohenheim 4 Semesters
Germany Full Time
Master of Science (MSc) Onsite


Decision-makers for the global agricultural economy and agricultural policies

The degree program, which is focused on research, looks at the economic, agricultural and political relationships within the international agricultural and nutrition economy, the environment, and rural spaces. In this English-language and international Master’s program, funded by the DAAD, sustainability and global justice are key topics.

  • Studies focused on methods and internationality
  • DAAD funding program with full scholarships for outstanding applicants from developing countries
  • Many different career possibilities for agricultural economists

The program conveys a firm foundation in economic theory and methods as well as their application to problems in the field of international agriculture and nutrition.

The program also aims to educate agricultural scientists with regard to the following skills:

  • Integration of natural and social sciences perspectives
  • Interdisciplinary analysis of complex systems
  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Facilitation
  • Teamwork

As the agricultural and food sector become more diverse, global and high-tech, well-trained agricultural economists are experiencing an expanding range of career options. At Hohenheim, students acquire both the analytical skills and the policy background required for strategic positions in government agencies, NGOs, international organizations, and the private sector. The program also provides students with excellent qualifications for pursuing a doctoral degree and an academic career.

Career opportunities for graduates may be found in:

  • Upstream and downstream agricultural industries
  • Regulatory authorities along the food chain
  • Government agencies and non-government organizations
  • National and international organizations
  • Research institutions

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Course Details:

In the first year of studies,
the students complete five compulsory modules:

  • Agricultural and Food Policy
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Farm System Modelling
  • Microeconomics

Besides these, five semi-elective modules can be chosen from the areas of agricultural development, international agricultural trade, global food economy, agricultural and nutrition policies, etc. Lectures are complemented by computer exercises, group discussions, seminar papers, and case studies that are worked on and presented in groups or as individual assignments.

In the second year of studies,
students choose five additional elective modules from a large subject catalog. This ensures a solid education in the agricultural economic sub-disciplines, while there is still enough room to put together a program suited to your individual career plans.
A personal mentor from among the instructors advises students in selecting their modules and planning their studies in order to make sure everything goes smoothly and progresses as planned.

The Master’s thesis is also completed in the seco

Enrollment Requirements:


Applicants are required to have an above-average Bachelor of Science (BSc) or equivalent degree in agriculture, economics, or a related discipline, following at least three years of university studies or German FH studies. Apart from grades and educational achievements, professional experience, motivation, and other relevant activities will be considered. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of micro- and macroeconomics, a solid background in mathematics and statistics, and should be computer-literate.

To facilitate the self-evaluation of applicants, the university has introduced an online pre-test for all applicants for the AgEcon program.
It is compulsory to complete the test before the application deadline, but the test results will not influence the chances of admission.


Teaching Language:


Costs/Tuition Fees:

1,500 Euro

Language Requirements:


  1. TOEFL with at least 90 points on the Internet-based test
  2. IELTS (academic exam) with an overall band score of at least 6.5
  3. Cambridge EFL Certificate of Advanced English
  4. Cambridge Business English Certificate BEC Higher
  5. London Chamber of Commerce Level 3
  6. TELC B2 (at least “good”)
  7. Trinity Certificate / ISE III
  8. concert II (at least “good”)

Please note: All applicants have to submit proof of English proficiency even if their previous studies were taught in English, unless they have studied in the USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

For more information and exemption cases:


About the University/Institution:

Hohenheim offers enrolled students assistant jobs on campus. Students are responsible for managing working hours and these hours should not conflict with their studies. Working off-campus is also possible according to the Aliens Act. However, please be aware that without good knowledge of German, jobs are quite difficult to find.

Application Deadline:


For admission into the AgEcon program:
15 March for non-EU citizens
15 July for EU citizens

For DAAD scholarships:
1 December for programs commencing in October of the following year

More information on the scholarship application procedure:


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