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Agribusiness: MS


The MS in Agribusiness focuses on the global competitive environment in food production and agribusiness. 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.

Course topics include accounting, marketing, agricultural marketing, price analysis, supply-chain management, and econometrics.

Students who graduate with a MS in 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 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.

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 a MS in 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

A variety of 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
Department: Applied Economics Department
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
Department: Applied Economics Department
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

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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Academic Advising

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

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