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Food and Agribusiness (International MBA): MBA

Food and Agribusiness (International MBA)

The international MBA in food and agribusiness is a joint program between Utah State University and the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, United Kingdom, one of the top agricultural colleges in the world. The MBA is awarded by the Royal Agricultural College.

This joint program is one of the few of its kind in the nation for students wishing to pursue agribusiness, and it provides the opportunity for future agribusiness managers to gain understanding and experience with producers, processors, consumers, and policy makers at an international level. The increasing globalization of the food industry has highlighted the need for managers who have experience with the social, cultural, production, and consumption conditions in the major markets of the world.

Students begin the program fall semester at USU, spend the following spring semester at the Royal Agricultural College, and then return for the fall to finish at USU. Course topics studied at USU include accounting, marketing, agricultural marketing, price analysis, supply-chain management, and econometrics. Course topics studied at the Royal Agricultural College include marketing, human resource management, production and operations, food chain and agribusiness industry, economics, and agricultural policy.

Students who graduate with the International MBA in food and agribusiness can pursue the following careers:

  • Marketing, sales, accounting, and more for international agribusiness firms
  • Credit analysts for regional agribusiness banks
  • Consulting for private firms and government agencies

Admission Requirements

Prerequisite course work for all Masters Degree programs in APEC:

B.S./B.A. in Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Applied Economics, Economics, Environmental/Natural Resource Economics, or a closely related degree.

Or at a minimum evidence of the following coursework:

  • Microeconomic principles
  • Calculus
  • Basic Statistics
  • Intermediate/Managerial Microeconomics or comparable course

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GMAT
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Admission Deadlines

The department has the following application deadline for students wishing to receive funding:

  • Fall semester – January 31

The deadline for admission without funding is:

  • Fall semester – June 30

Master's Degree Plan Option(s)

Students can receive the international MBA in food and agribusiness by pursuing the following option:

  • In the Plan A option, students complete graduate-level coursework and must write a thesis.

Financial Assistance

USU's partnership with the Royal Agricultural College allows U.S.-based students to pay the lower USU tuition for the entire program.

Occasionally, students can apply for research stipends that are funded through faculty grants.

A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, assistantships, and travel support. Additionally, students may be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.

Sherzod Akhundjanov, PhD, Washington State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Applied Economics/Statistics, Applied Microeconomics
Office: AGRS 225
Phone: (435) 797-8552

Ryan Bosworth, PhD, University of Oregon
Associate Professor
Area: Health/environmental economics
Office: AGRS 218
Phone: (435) 797-0594

Arthur Caplan, PhD, University of Oregon
Area: Environmental and applied economics
Office: AGRS 230
Phone: (435) 797-0775

Kynda Curtis, PhD, Washington State University
Area: International agriculture, food marketing
Office: AGRS 222
Phone: (435) 797-0444

Dillon Feuz, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Professor and Department Head
Area: Agricultural Economics
Office: AGRS 220A
Phone: (435)797-2296

Paul Jakus, PhD, North Carolina State University
Area: Natural resource and environmental economics
Office: AGRS 226
Phone: (435) 797-2309

Man-Keun Kim, PhD, Texas A&M University
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Area: Climate policy and production risk
Office: AGRS 229
Phone: (435) 797-2359

Ryan Larsen, PhD, Texas A&M University
Assistant Professor
Area: Agribusiness, Farm Management, Risk Analysis
Office: AGRS 228
Phone: (435) 797-0784

Gholamreza Oladi, PhD, McGill University
Associate Professor
Area: International trade
Office: AGRS 231
Phone: (435) 797-8196

Veronica Pozo, PhD, Kansas State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Agricultural Economics
Office: AGRS 223
Phone: (435) 797-3863

Ruby Ward, PhD, Texas A&M University
Area: Strategic management, business planning, mathematical programming
Office: AGRS 224
Phone: (435) 797-2323

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Association of Environmental Resource Economists: AERE is a professional association for economists working in the environmental and natural resources fields. It serves as a means for exchanging ideas, stimulating research, and promoting graduate training in environmental and resource economics.

International Food and Agribusiness Management Association: This is an international management organization that brings together current and future business, academic, and government leaders, along with other industry stakeholders to improve the strategic focus, transparency, sustainability, and responsiveness of the global food and agribusiness system.

Master of Business Administration Association: This provides students with an opportunity to enhance their professional and academic skills while building their resumes. Members take advantage of networking opportunities with faculty, alumni, and employers. The MBAA also works to increase awareness of the USU MBA program and assists the Huntsman School of Business in developing an effective curriculum for the MBA program.

Labs, Centers, Research

Utah Agricultural Experiment Station: The UAES is part of a network of researchers and facilities at the nation’s land-grant universities and is committed to improving agriculture and managing natural resources for the people of Utah. At research facilities on the USU campus and throughout the state, UAES supports hundreds of research projects that promote agriculture and human nutrition and enhance the quality of rural life.

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Academic Advising

Man-Keun Kim
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Office: AGRS 229
Phone: (435) 797-2359

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