Agricultural Economics

INTRODUCTION

UEH’s agricultural economics provides opportunities for students to get Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Economics. We equip our students with a comprehensive knowledge, and a professional attitude in both career and life. The graduates will apply the state-of-the art economic and business principles for effectively working at commercial banks, farm credit institutions, feed companies, farm equipment and fertilizer manufacturers, food processing firms, and non-government organizations. The program provides prospective students a fundamental knowledge of economics, finance, trade, and management in field of agriculture and agribusiness. We also provide students a way of thinking and analytical tools in order to independently deal with problems in a changing world. Besides, we facilitate learning conditions for students to improve english ability so that they will either participate in global working environment or further study abroad at higher levels. Within agricultural economics, students can freely choose to write thesis in various fields such as agricultural finance, agribusiness management, farm management, food marketing and management, value chain analysis in agricultural products, and quantitative research in agricultural economics.

CAREERS IN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

Agricultural economics graduates can choose to pursue the following careers:

  • Agricultural finance (agriculture loan officer, financial planning, lending and credit analysis)
  • Agribusiness management (corporate management, commodity trading, elevator management)
  • Farm management (farm manager, farmer communicator)
  • Food marketing and management (food manufacturing sales, retail management, production management, brand management)
  • Sales and marketing (professional sales representative, food markting manager)
  • Agricultural policy analysis and food security (agricultural policy adviser, agricultural extension officer)
  • Quantitative agricultural economics (academic research analyst, market research analyst)

PLAN OF STUDY

About the Program

Agricultural economics graduates apply the state-of-the-art economic principles and use quantitative tools to analyze data which assists policy makers in making better decisions in agricultural sector and agribusiness. These decisions involve a wide array of issues including price analysis, consumer behavior, development project, international trade, environmental resources, and agricultural policy.  Concentrations include:

  • Applied Agricultural Economics
  • Economics of Agribusiness
  • Quantitative Analysis

Degree Requirements and Duration of Study

To earn the Bachelor of Arts in Economics: Applied Agricultural Economics, students must fulfill 122 credits required for graduation within 3 and a half years.

Required courses of agricultural economics (27 credits)

ECO501035 – Agricultural economics
ECO501039 – Value chain analysis of agricultural products
ECO501037 – Marketing of agricultural products
ECO501073 – Applied demand analysis
ECO501040 – Economics of agribusiness
ECO501043 – Agricultural and food policy
ECO501038 – Food safety and quality management
ECO501041 – Farm management
ECO501042 – Principles of agricultural production technology

Required courses of school of economics (29 credits)

ECO501001 – Principles of microeconomics
ECO501002 – Principles of macroeconomics
ECO501003 – Intermediate microeconomics
ECO501004 – Intermediate macroeconomics
ECO501012 – Research methods in economics
ECO501067 – Applied econometrics
ECO501069 – Methods of data collection and management
ECO501013 – Project appraisal
ECO501014 – Cost-benefit analysis
ECO501064 – Seminar series

Electives of school of economics (3 credits)

ECO501007 – Development economics
ECO501008 – International economics
ECO501009 – Environmental economics

Other supporting courses (27 credits)

MAT508001 – Mathematics for business and economics
STA508005 – Statistics for business and economics
MAT508004 – Econometrics
FIN505001 – Corporate finance
BAN506007 – Credit analysis and lending management
MAR503001 – Principles of marketing
MAN502007 – Quality management
ACC507001 – Principles of accounting
LAW511001 – Business laws

Courses on politics and ethnics (10 credits)

PML510001 – Principles of Marxism – Leninism 1
PML510002 – Principles of Marxism – Leninism 2
RPC510003 – Revolutionary policy of Communist Party of Vietnam
HCM510004 –Ho Chi Minh thought

Foreign language courses (16 credits)

ENG513001 – Foreign language P1
ENG513002 – Foreign language P2
ENG513003 – Foreign language P3
ENG513004 – Foreign language P4

Beside the required foreign language courses (i.e. English for business and economics), we also provide financial support to hold extra courses in English for Communication in the first two semesters.

Thesis writing (10 credits)

Agricultural economics graduates can either choose internship or conduct an independent academic research for their thesis writing. Note that thesis writing is limited within four months. Therefore, we highly recommend those who want to implement an academic research develop research idea and proposal immediately after the course in Methods of data collection and management (ECO501069).

Courses on soft skills

During the study at the University of Economics HCMC, students are often equipped with various soft skills in economics through working in group, presentation, using softwares, attending seminars, and doing academic research. Besides, the university’s Center for Student Assistance usually provides short training courses (with certificates) on soft skills in business such as negotiation skill, emotion self-control skill, effective communication skill, time management skill, etc. These courses are mostly free of charge or highly subsidied.

PLAN OF STUDY BY SEMESTERS

Semester 1 (15 credits)

ENG513001 – Foreign language P1 (4 credits)
ECO501001 – Principles of microeconomics (3 credits)
MAT508001 – Mathematics for business and economics (3 credits)
LAW511001 – Business laws (3 credits)
PML510001 – Principles of Marxism – Leninism 1 (2 credits)
English for communication (0 credit, optional)

Semester 2 (22 credits)

ENG513002 – Foreign language P2 (4 credits)
ECO501002 – Principles of macroeconomics (3 credits)
STA508005 – Statistics for business and economics (3 credits)
ACC507001 – Principles of accounting (3 credits)
PML510002 – Principles of Marxism – Leninism 2 (3 credits)
Military and national security education (5 credits)
Physical education 1 (1 credit)
English for communication (0 credit, optional)

Semester 3 (23 credits)

ENG513003 – Foreign language P3 (4 credits)
MAT508004 – Econometrics (3 credits)
FIN505001 – Corporate finance (3 credits)
MAN502007 – Quality management (3 credits)
MAR503001 – Principles of marketing (3 credits)
HCM510004 – Ho Chi Minh thought (2 credits)
ECO501007 – Development economics (3 credits, elective)
ECO501008 – International economics (3 credits, elective)
ECO501009 – Environmental economics (3 credits, elective)
Physical education 2 (2 credits, electives)

Semester 4 (19 credits)

ENG513004 – Foreign language P4 (4 credits)
ECO501003 – Intermediate microeconomics (3 credits)
ECO501067 – Applied econometrics (3 credits)
ECO501014 – Cost-benefit analysis (3 credits)
ECO501035 – Agricultural economics (3 credits)
RPC510003 – Revolutionary policy of Communist Party of Vietnam (3 credits)

Semester 5 (21 credits)

ECO501004 – Intermediate macroeconomics (3 credits)
ECO501012 – Research methods in economics (3 credits)
ECO501069 – Methods of data collection and management (3 credits)
BAN506007 – Credit analysis and lending management (3 credits)
ECO501013 – Project appraisal (3 credits)
ECO501037 – Marketing of agricultural products (3 credits)
ECO501041 – Farm management (3 credits)

Semester 6 (20 credits)

ECO501073 – Applied demand analysis (3 credits)
ECO501040 – Economics of agribusiness (3 credits)
ECO501043 – Agricultural and food policy (3 credits)
ECO501039 – Value chain analysis of agricultural products (3 credits)
ECO501038 – Food safety and quality management (3 credits)
ECO501042 – Principles of agricultural production technology (3 credits)
ECO501064 – Seminar series (2 credits)

Semester 7 (10 credits)

ECO501084 – Thesis writing (10 credits)