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International Food and Agribusiness, MS

Department: Applied Economics Department
College: College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences



International Food and Agribusiness

About This Degree

The MS in International Food and Agribusiness focuses on the global competitive environment in food production and agribusiness. An essential curricular component occurs during a semester spent at the Royal Agricultural College located at Cirencester, U.K., one of the top agricultural colleges in the world, where students will interact with agribusiness students from every continent of the world. 

This exchange 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.

 


Location(s)

  • MS - Logan Campus

Students who graduate with a MS in International 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

Admissions Requirements

Students who don’t have a business undergraduate major or minor are required to take the following prerequisite classes:

  • ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History and Principles (Macroeconomics)
  • ECN 2010 - Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ACCT 2010 - Survey of Accounting I (Financial)
  • ACCT 2020 - Survey of Accounting II (Managerial)
  • MGT 2050 - Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (Business Law)
  • MGT 3110 - Managing Organizations and People (Organizational Behavior)
  • FIN 3400 - Corporate Finance
  • MGT 3500 - Fundamentals of Marketing
  • MGT 3700 - Operations Management
  • STAT 2300 - Business Statistics

These can be taken individually at any college or university; or through the Accelerated Business Core (ABC) in Logan each summer prior to the start of the MBA program in the fall.

The math prerequisite (STAT 2300, Business Statistics) is not offered during the ABC program and must be completed before starting the ABC program.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE
  • 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.


Admissions Deadlines

The deadline for admission is:

  • Fall semester – June 30

Master's Degree Plan Option(s)

Students can receive a MS in International Food and Agribusiness by pursuing one of the following options:

  • In the Plan A option, students must complete 24 credit hours of academic coursework and six credit hours of research.
  • In the Plan B option, students must complete 27 credit hours of academic coursework and three credit hours of research.

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.


Program Requirements

Click here to see course requirements for the Master of Science.

Advisor(s)

Donald Snyder
Professor and Assistant Director of the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station
Office: AGRS 414
Phone: (435) 797-2383
Email: don.snyder@usu.edu



Faculty

DeeVon Bailey, PhD, Texas A&M University
Professor
Area: Agricultural economics
Office: AGRS 225
Phone: (435) 797-2300
Email: deevon.bailey@usu.edu


Ryan Bosworth, PhD, University of Oregon
Assistant Professor
Area: Health/environmental economics
Office: AGRS 227
Phone: (435) 797-0594
Email: ryan.bosworth@usu.edu


Arthur Caplan, PhD, University of Oregon
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies in Applied Economics
Area: Environmental and applied economics
Office: AGRS 230
Phone: (435) 797-0775
Email: arthur.caplan@usu.edu


Kynda Curtis, PhD, Washington State University
Associate Professor
Area: International agriculture, food marketing
Office: AGRS 222
Phone: (435) 797-0444
Email: kynda.curtis@usu.edu


Paul Jakus, PhD, North Carolina State University
Department Head and Professor
Area: Natural resource and environmental economics
Office: AGRS 220A
Phone: (435) 797-2309
Email: paul.jakus@usu.edu


Man-Keun Kim, PhD, Texas A&M University
Assistant Professor
Area: Climate policy and production risk
Office: AGRS 229
Phone: (435) 797-2359
Email: mk.kim@usu.edu


Gholamreza Oladi, PhD, McGill University
Associate Professor
Area: International trade
Office: AGRS 218
Phone: (435) 797-8196
Email: reza.oladi@usu.edu


Donald Snyder, PhD, Utah State University
Professor and Assistant Director of the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station
Area: Agricultural and resource management
Office: AGRS 414
Phone: (435) 797-2383
Email: don.snyder@usu.edu


Ruby Ward, PhD, Texas A&M University
Associate Professor
Area: Strategic management, business planning, mathematical programming
Office: AGRS 224
Phone: (435) 797-2323
Email: ruby.ward@usu.edu


Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

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.

National Agri-Marketing Association: NAMA is the nation's largest professional association for professionals in marketing and agribusiness. Members enjoy networking, leadership development, and workshop opportunities within the agri-business industry.

Agribusiness Club: The Agribusiness Club is a club designed for students interested in agribusiness. We hold activities and meetings to help students get to know each other and learn about career options. For further information contact Kynda Curtis.


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