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Agribusiness: MS

Agribusiness

The M.S. Agribusiness degree focuses on the competitive environment in the food production and agribusiness industries. The program emphasizes the use of various economic and business analytical methods applied quantitatively to aid in the agribusiness decision-making process. Students are given opportunities to learn problem-solving skills in depth and apply them to real world cases through both internship and applied research experiences.

Course topics include applied risk analysis, economic strategy and decision-making, agricultural marketing, price analysis, and econometrics. There is no GRE or GMAT requirement for admission and students are admitted on a rolling basis to begin in either spring or fall semesters. Students can complete the degree program in one year.


Students who graduate with a MS in Agribusiness can pursue the following careers:

  • Marketing, sales, accounting, and more for 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
  • 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 admission:

  • Fall semester: July 31
  • Spring semester: November 30

Master's Degree Plan Option(s)

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

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

Financial Assistance

A variety of funding opportunities are available on the graduate school website.


Sherzod Akhundjanov, PhD, Washington State University
Associate Professor
Department: Applied Economics Department
Area: Applied Economics/Statistics, Applied Microeconomics
Office: AGRS 225
Phone: (435) 797-8552
Email: sherzod.akhundjanov@usu.edu


Ryan Bosworth, PhD, University of Oregon
Professor, Interim Department Head
Department: Applied Economics Department
Area: Health/environmental economics
Office: AGRS 218
Phone: (435) 797-0594
Email: ryan.bosworth@usu.edu


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


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


Dillon Feuz, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Professor
Department: Applied Economics Department
Area: Agricultural Economics
Office: AGRS 220A
Phone: (435)797-2296
Email: dillon.feuz@usu.edu


Ryan Feuz, PhD, Oklahoma State University
Assistant Professor
Department: Applied Economics Department
Office: AGRS 229
Phone: (435) 797-1218
Email: ryan.feuz@usu.edu


Man-Keun Kim, PhD, Texas A&M University
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Department: Applied Economics Department
Area: Climate policy and production risk
Office: AGRS 229
Phone: (435) 797-2359
Email: mk.kim@usu.edu


Ryan Larsen, PhD, Texas A&M University
Associate Professor
Department: Applied Economics Department
Area: Agribusiness, Farm Management, Risk Analysis
Office: AGRS 228
Phone: (435) 797-0784
Email: ryan.larsen@usu.edu


Man Li, PhD, Oregon State University
Assistant Professor
Department: Applied Economics Department
Office: AGRS 223
Phone: (435) 797-3863
Email: man.li@usu.edu


Tanner McCarty, PhD, Purdue University
Assistant Professor
Department: Applied Economics Department
Office: AGRS 228
Phone: (435) 797-2300
Email: tanner.mccarty@usu.edu


Gholamreza Oladi, PhD, McGill University
Professor
Department: Applied Economics Department
Area: International trade
Office: AGRS 231
Phone: (435) 797-8196
Email: reza.oladi@usu.edu


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


Brandon Willis, ,
Professional Practice Assistant Professor
Department: Applied Economics Department
Office: AGRS 218
Phone: (435) 797-2329
Email: brandon.willis@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 Tanner McCarty.


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Man-Keun Kim
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Office: AGRS 229
Phone: (435) 797-2359
Email: mk.kim@usu.edu



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