Applicants into the program should have first degree in agricultural economics, agribusiness or related courses such as general agricultural sciences, economics and social science as well as those in mid-career.
For the award of Masters Degree, the students are required to complete eight core courses and one common course in Institutional and Behavioral Economics all scheduled for semester 1 & 2.
Semester 1 (13-15 weeks): Microeconomics, Statistics, Mathematics, and Issues in Agricultural and Applied Economics
Semester 2 (13-15 weeks): Production Economics, Econometrics, Macro-economics, Research Methods, computer applications and Institutional and Behavioral Economics
Semester 3: During the third semester students converge at a Shared Facility for Specialization and Electives (SFSE). This is a facility where students from all of the accredited universities together with visiting professors drawn from all over the world (International Standards Professors (ISP)) converge for 4 months between August and November. During the SFSE students specialize in 4 areas:
- Agricultural and Rural Development
- Agribusiness Management
- Environmental and Natural Resource Management
- Agricultural Policy & Trade
Over the years, SFSE has been held at the University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa. This is based on the fact that UP has world class facilities with ambient environment suitable for learning.
The last part of the course involves thesis research. This process starts at the shared facility where students present their concept notes during weekly seminar sessions. The concepts are then developed in line with the various 4 areas of specializations to enable students fit in specific sub-disciplines.
For the majority of students, the program is designed to provide analytical skills in the 4 areas of specialization, which enable them function effectively as professionals upon graduation. For a smaller number seeking a career in higher education and research, the program provides the foundation in theory and methods necessary to succeed in a disciplinary or non-disciplinary focused PhD.
Upon completion, all CMAAE graduates are encouraged to belong to an alumni association. To facilitate the association, the program runs an interactive alumni weblink within AERC website where graduates can interact. The association and the alumni weblink provide the platform through which alumni network and exchange ideas on their various experiences in their career path for the promotion of Agricultural Development in their respective countries.
Figure below shows the profile of the program from admission to completion.