We conducted a survey of master’s students from agricultural and resource economics or affiliated graduate programs at 30 major US universities. The survey elicited the thoughts and opinions of enrolled students on their academic backgrounds, views of their programs, future career goals, and preparation for a master’s degree. Master’s students have diverse academic backgrounds, reasons for entering and selecting a graduate program, and broad aspirations upon completion. Most emphasize the importance on quantitative skills to prepare for graduate school, and funding and job placement for program selection. In some instances, differences exist between domestic and international master’s students.