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Dual-Title Degrees

Dual-title degrees are available in Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics and one of three options: Demography, Operations Research, or International Agriculture and Development.

Demography

Dual-title degrees in AEREC/Demography are available to students with a strong interest in demographic theories and techniques as applied to Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics. Dual-title M.Agr., M.S., and Ph.D. degree options are available.

A dual-title degree in AEREC/Demography can help a student develop skills in demographic techniques and methodologies, including geographic information systems (GIS) and statistical methods. The Demography program is affiliated with Penn State's prestigious Population Research Institute (PRI), which is one of a handful of federally funded population research centers in the United States.

A student pursuing a dual-title degree in AEREC/Demography must meet all AEREC degree requirements as well as all Demography degree requirements. Some courses may count toward both sets of requirements. A student must submit an application for admission to the Director of the Graduate Program in Demography.

Operations Research

Dual-title degrees in AEREC/Operations Research are available to students with a strong interest in operations research techniques as applied to Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics. Dualtitle M.S. and Ph.D. degree options are available.

A dual-title degree in AEREC/Operations Research can provide a student with an interdisciplinary perspective on the formulation, analysis, and solution of decision-making problems. Operations Research draws on techniques from many fields, including economics, mathematics, and engineering.

A student pursuing a dual-title degree in AEREC/Operations Research must meet all AEREC degree requirements as well as all Operations Research degree requirements. Some courses may count toward both sets of requirements. A student must submit an application for admission to the Chair of the Operations Research Committee.

The doctoral committee for a Ph.D. dual-title degree student is recommended by the graduate major program granting the degree. The chair and at least two members of a doctoral committee must be approved by the Operations Research Committee as qualified to supervise a doctoral thesis in operations research. The Operations Research Committee is responsible for administering an examination in operations research which constitutes a portion of the comprehensive examination administered to the doctoral students in this dual-title degree option.

International Agriculture and Development (INTAD)

The dual-title M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs allow students to earn a degree in both International Agriculture and Development and their primary program. The dual-degree can increase students’ career opportunities by appealing to a wider range of prospective employers. INTAD enables students to develop expertise and skills, as well as acquire practical experience in international agriculture and development, all while maintaining professional identification with their primary discipline.

At the core of the program is the course INTAD 820: International Agricultural Development Seminar. Each seminar session is led by professors from different departments with multiple international experiences and expertise in subject matter and process skills. The focus of this course will change annually to reflect issues in the global arena and faculty interests and expertise. In particular, this course will emphasize analytical thinking and application of knowledge. Students will be challenged to integrate knowledge gained in other classes and to develop an ability to translate and transfer this information into an international context.