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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS program

University of Nairobi

Masters Program 2

Course Details

Course Overview

The Master of Science programme in Agricultural and Applied Economics involves collaboration of sixteen universities in the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa region. Its underlying premise is the need for highly trained local professionals to address the challenges posed by far reaching changes in global and local economies, technology, and marketing, by adapting their advanced knowledge and methods to the particular institutional, political and economic circumstances of the region. The growing economies need professionals whose skills will range from analysing the implications of changes in trade and macroeconomic policy to studying the performance of local markets for agricultural products, services and inputs. Others

will be working with scientists to determine the economic as well as technical feasibility of new products and processes.

Minimum Entry Requirements

1)      Holders of at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent qualification in Agriculture, Food Science, and Range Management or in any other subject area judged relevant from a University recognized by Senate.


2)      Holders of Lower Second Class Honours degree in the same disciplines as 1 above from the University of Nairobi or from another University recognized by in Senate, with at least two years relevant research experience, with supporting publications.


3)      Holders of a Pass degree in the same disciplines as in 1 above and a relevant postgraduate diploma from a recognized University or at least five years of field experience and evidence of research publication since graduation.


4)      Holders of equivalent qualifications from other Universities recognized by the University of Nairobi senate.

Course Objectives

The principal objectives of the programme are to:


1)      Expose students to current issues in agricultural and applied economics.


2)      Equip professionals with knowledge and skills essential for transforming the agro-food sectors and rural economies of the region in an environmentally sustainable fashion.


3)      Conform to international “best practices” while adapting skills to the region’s specific features. Of particular note is the challenge posed by shortcomings in institutions, markets and public policy.

Course Program

Course Outline


Core Courses


Microeconomics


Mathematics for Economists


Statistics for Economists


Issues in Agricultural & Applied Econ.


 Production Economics


Macroeconomics


Econometrics


Research Methods, Management & Thesis


Institutional & Behavioral Economics


Elective Courses:


Environment & Natural Resource Management


Environment & Natural Resource Mgt.


Environmental Valuation and Policy


Quantitative Methods in Environ.Econ.


Natural Resource Economics and Mgt.


Project Planning and Management


Agricultural Trade and Policy


Agricultural Policy Analysis


Consumer Demand Analysis


Quantitative Analysis of Agricultural Policy


International Trade and Policy


Agricultural Marketing & Price Analysis


Project Planning and Management


Agriculture and Rural Development


Agricultural & Rural Development


Factor Market Analysis


Farm Management and Production


Farm System. & Sustain. Livelihood Analysis


Science and Technology Analysis


Quantitative Analysis of Agricul. Policy


Food Policy Analysis


Social Organization in Agriculture


Gender & Economic Development


Project Planning and Management


Agribusiness Management


Agribusiness Management


Finance and Risk Management


Agribusiness Supply Chain Management


Quantitative Methods in Agribusiness Mgt


Microfinance


Project Planning 7 Management


Compulsory


Research Project and Report


 

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