Resource Economics and Policy

PLEASE NOTE: The School of Economics is no longer accepting applications for the 2024-2025 academic year, consider applying for the 2025-2026 academic year.

Master of Science in Resource Economics & Policy

The Master of Science in Resource Economics and Policy program emphasizes how economic theory and tools can be applied to environmental, natural resource, energy, agricultural, and economic development problems. Students enrolled in the program combine core training in microeconomic theory and quantitative methods with specialized environmental, natural resource, agricultural, and energy economics and policy training. Graduate students acquire the skills and knowledge to apply economic theory and tools to address interesting policy and management problems. The School of Economics creates numerous opportunities for graduate students to expand their horizons by involving them in ongoing research projects, partnering them with public and private sector institutions, and placing them in innovative internship experiences.

Graduates from the Resource Economics and Policy program acquire strong analytical, quantitative, and communication skills, which prepare them for Ph.D. programs in economics, environmental policy, resource management, and related fields and employment with government agencies, consulting firms, businesses, and non-profit organizations. The program includes thesis and non-thesis options and prepares students for positions requiring advanced analytical skills, knowledge of economic systems and methods, and practical experience conducting economic analyses of policy issues. 

Dual Degree in Global Policy and Resource Economics & Policy

The School of Economics offers a dual degree program with the School of Policy and International Affairs in Global Policy and Economics, which is intended for students interested in the application of economics and policy in an international setting. The course of study is normally three years. It leads to two master’s degrees: one in Global Policy (with a concentration in either International Trade and Commerce or International Environmental Policy) and one in Resource Economics and Policy.

Admission Requirements

Please review the School of Economics website and Admissions Requirement page prior to applying.

Degrees offered: MS

Program Format: On Campus

Application deadline: January 1 preferred date for assistantship consideration, rolling if space is available (Fall)

Test Required: None

Contact: Keith Evans

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Program Website: Resource Economics and Policy

Accelerated Program Information for UMaine Undergraduates

Major Pathways: Economics Majors, Financial Economics Majors

Accelerated Program Deadline:

End of sophomore year or beginning of junior year