Natural Resource Economics

Alan R. Collins, Graduate Program Coordinator

Degrees Offered

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Economics

The Ph.D. degree is the most advanced degree offered and prepares candidates for work at the highest level of the profession as a faculty member, staff in a research organization or governmental and non-governmental agencies, or as a consultant.

A candidate for the Ph.D. degree in Natural Resource Economics must meet all University, College, Division, and Program requirements as outlined in the WVU Graduate catalog.

Program Requirements

The requirements for obtaining a Ph.D. degree in Natural Resource Economics are outlined in the graduate handbook available on-line at  All Ph.D. degree candidates are required to follow a planned program of study. The student develops this plan of study in conjunction with the graduate committee. The plan must be approved by the Director of the Division and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Davis College.

Required Courses
ARE 621Quantitative Methods in Resource Economics3
ECON 701Advanced Micro-Economic Theory 14
ECON 711Advanced Micro-Economic Theory 24
ECON 721Mathematical Economics3
ECON 725Econometrics 13
ARE 703Advanced Natural Resource Economic Theory3
ARE 710Advanced Environmental Economics3
ECON 726Econometrics 23
ECON 727Econometrics 33
or ARE 729 Spatial Econometrics
Required Field (select one of the following):6
Economic Development and Regional Economics
Rural and Regional Development
International Agricultural Economic Development
International Trade
Comparative Economic Systems
Advanced Regional Economics
Advanced Urban Economics
Spatial Economic Analysis
Spatial Econometrics
Econometrics 3
Advanced Regional Economics
Spatial Analysis for Resource Management
Advanced Macro-Economic Theory 1
Advanced Macro-Economic Theory 2
Graduate Seminar
Teaching Practicum1
Teaching Practicum
Qualifying Exam
Mentored Research Paper
Dissertation Proposal Defense
Total Hours38

Major Learning Goals

natural resource economics

Learning goals for this degree program include:

  • Demonstrate the capacity to produce research that can be accepted for publication in leading journals within the applied agricultural and natural resource economics and/or economic development disciplines.
  • Be proficient in oral and written communication skills in order to have research accepted by and presented at professional conferences.