Master of Science in AED Economics / MBA Program

As we become a more integrated global economy, the importance of enterprise sustainability, microfinance, risk management, international trade, agribusiness management, and consumption economics becomes paramount. Gaining the skills you need to develop sound business strategy to manage the social, environmental, and development needs of companies and the countries they operate in make the combined MBA and Master of Science in Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics Degree Program an ideal fit to help you achieve your own path to success.

Graduates of the program may choose to apply their degree through involvement in governments of developing countries, non-profits, environmental services companies, academia, or consulting firms in administrative positions such as senior executives, economists, or consultants.

Students who are enrolled in the MS AED Econ / MBA program can earn both degrees in three academic years. If earned independently, these degrees would require four years of study.


Applicants to the MS AED Econ / MBA Program must complete the application requirements of both Fisher College of Business and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences separately, applying independently to each school. In order to enter the combined MS AED Econ / MBA program, students should indicate to both program offices their intent to study in the dual degree program.

An applicant who is admitted to only one degree program may elect to pursue that particular degree separate from the dual degree program format. Further, while it is possible after beginning either program to apply for admission to the other, this may not permit the usual dual degree schedule efficiencies.

Both colleges have small classes and start in the fall of each calendar year. Both colleges follow a rolling admissions process. For both programs, it is in an applicant's best interest to submit application materials early.

MS AED Econ admissions requirements:

  • Ohio State Graduate Application
  • Application fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or vita
  • Transcript (official copy)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE or GMAT test
  • English language proficiency (TOEFL)

MBA admissions requirements:

  • A completed online application
  • Application fee
  • Admissions essay
  • Updated resume
  • Official university transcripts
  • Optional letters of recommendation
  • GMAT or GRE test
  • English language proficiency (TOEFL)
  • Video Interview
  • Live Interview (by invitation only)


Students admitted to the dual degree program may pursue the MS AED Econ / MBA according to this schedule:

  MS AED Econ Program MBA Program
First Year 0 percent 100 percent
Second Year 100 percent 0 percent
Third Year Electives Electives

The dual MS AED Econ/MBA degree requires the student to complete a minimum of 69 credit hours. Students are required to take 27 hours of core MBA credits and 12 hours of core AEDE credits. In addition to the core, 30 hours of elective coursework must be completed. Of the 30 hours of elective course work, a minimum of 18 hours must be taken in MBA electives and a minimum of 6 hours must be taken in AED Economics. The remainder of the elective courses can be taken from the Fisher College of Business, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, or other Ohio State University academic units, subject to approval of the student’s advisor.

Career Placement

The career management offices of both Fisher College of Business and theCollege of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are available to our MS AED Econ / MBA graduates. In addition to the more than 300 companies that recruit from Fisher's Office of Career Management, a wide array of firms and corporations resulting in a nearly 100% placement rate at graduation.

Contact Information

For more information and an application for the MBA program contact:

The Ohio State University
Fisher College of Business
MBA Admissions
100 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210, USA
+1 (614).292.8511

For more information and an application for the MS AED Economics program contact:

The Ohio State University
Department of AED Economics
103 Ag Administration
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1067 USA
(614) 292-7922
fax (614) 292-7710