MBA in Agribusiness

General

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Program Description

Why an MBA in Agribusiness?

If you see yourself as a future leader in agribusiness, this program is tailor-made for you. Combining the strengths of NDSU's College of Business with the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, it focuses on the intersection of business and agriculture.

Designed for both full- and part-time students, including working professionals, the curriculum totals 30-33 credits. The program is primarily delivered face-to-face in Barry Hall, which houses state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology, including its preeminent Commodity Trading Lab.

Commodity Trading Lab

Our state-of-the-art Commodity Trading Lab provides students with real-world learning opportunities in areas such as commodity marketing, logistics, trading, and risk management.

Career Prospects for Graduates

The MBA in Agribusiness was developed in response to a growing need for managers within the specialized field of agribusiness. Graduates of the program can expect to take new positions or continue employment with agribusiness firms with significant responsibility immediately upon graduation.

The program focuses on providing managers of agribusiness firms a solid background in business while preparing them to make decisions that consider factors unique to agribusiness, such as:

  • Production volatility caused by weather, pests, and biology;
  • logistics disruptions;
  • Seasonality in production and consumption;
  • Long investment and production cycles;
  • And linkages with the government, financial institutions, and other organizations.

 Cost & Funding Opportunities

The College of Business and the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics may provide financial assistance through a limited number of graduate assistantships and scholarships. Applicants must be admitted on a conditional or full-standing basis to be considered for either an assistantship or scholarships. Assistantships include a stipend and tuition waiver for NDSU's base graduate tuition in return for work within the college, reducing the tuition cost by about 66%. The tuition waiver is limited to graduate course work. Awards are competitive and administered on a case-by-case basis.

2020-21 Graduate Tuition & Fee Costs (Per Credit)

North Dakota Residents

*and WRGP states

Minnesota Residents  

*Reciprocity Rate

All Other U.S. Residents  Non-U.S. Residents
$647 $806 $942 $1090

Curriculum

The MBA in Agribusiness requires 30-33 total credits for degree completion:

  • 12 Core Courses (26-27 credits)
  • 2 elective courses (4-6 credits)

Core Courses (26-27 credits)

  • AGEC 711: Applied Risk Analysis I, 3 credits
  • AGEC 744: Agribusiness I: Agricultural Product Marketing and Agribusiness Strategy, 3 credits
  • AGEC 797: Comprehensive Project/Agribusiness Strategy (capstone; integrate learning from previous courses; write a paper/case), 2 credits
  • AGEC 790: Agribusiness Seminar, 2 credits
  • MBA 701: Strategic Cost Management, 2 credits
  • MBA 702: Advanced Financial Management, 2 credits
  • MBA 703: Advanced Organizational Behavior, 2 credits
  • MBA 704: Supply Chain and Operations Management, 2 credits
  • MBA 705: Strategic Marketing Management, 2 credits
  • MBA 706: Information Resources Management, 2 credits
  • MBA 707: Microeconomics for Managers, 2 credits
  • OR AGEC 741: Advanced Microeconomics, 3 credits
  • MBA 708: Advanced Strategic Management, 2 credits

Students must take at least two elective courses (4-6 credits). The approved elective courses are shown below:

Finance/Risk

  • AGEC 646: Agribusiness Finance, 3 credits
  • AGEC 712: Applied Risk Analysis II, 3 credits
  • FIN 640: International Finance, 3 credits
  • MBA 711: Advanced Investment Management, 2 credits
  • MBA 712: Advanced Portfolio Management, 2 credits
  • MBA 713: Financial Derivatives, 2 credits
  • MBA 714: Advanced Valuation, 2 credits

Logistics/Supply Chain Management

  • MGMT 661: Supply Chain Management, 3 credits
  • TL 711: Logistics Systems, 3 credits
  • TL 721: International Logistics Management, 3 credits
  • TL 723: Advanced Supply-Chain Planning Across the Enterprise, 3 credits
  • TL 731: Logistics Decision Analysis, 3 credits
  • TL 829: Supply Chain Risk Management, 3 credits

Marketing

  • AGEC 644: Commodity Trading, 3 credits
  • MRKT 534: Sales Management, 3 credits
  • MBA 721: Creating and Marketing Innovations, 2 credits
  • MBA 722: Marketing Analytics and Customer Intelligence, 2 credits
  • MBA 723: Digital Marketing, 2 credits
  • MBA 724: Integrated Marketing Communications, 2 credits

Quantitative Methods

  • AGEC 739: Analytical Methods for Applied Economics, 3 credits
  • ECON 610: Econometrics, 3 credits
  • ECON 710: Advanced Econometrics, 3 credits
  • MBA 751: Business Analytics Concepts, 2 credits
  • MBA 752: Business Analytics Strategy, 2 credits
  • MBA 753: Business Analytics Methods,  2 credits

Additional Electives

  • AGEC 652: Food Laws & Regulation, 3 credits
  • AGEC 674: Cooperatives, 3 credits
  • AGEC 720: Food Safety Costs and Benefits Analysis, 3 credits
  • AGEC 725: Food Policy, 3 credits
  • AGEC 793: Individual Study, 1-5 credits
  • ECON 640: Game Theory and Strategy, 3 credits
  • ECON 672: International Trade, 3 credits
  • MBA 731: Leading and Managing Teams, 2 credits
  • MBA 732: Managerial Leadership: Essential Competencies, 2 credits
  • MBA 733: Managerial Decision Making, 2 credits
  • MBA 734: Negotiations & Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2 credits

Financial Assistance

The College of Business and the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics offer financial assistance through a limited number of graduate assistantships and scholarships. Applicants must be admitted on a conditional or full-standing basis to be considered for either an assistantship or scholarship. Assistantships include a stipend and tuition waiver for NDSU's base graduate tuition in return for work within the college. The tuition waiver is limited to graduate course work. Awards are competitive and administered on a case-by-case basis.

Admission Requirements

Graduate Application Requirements

  • Complete the Online Application. The application fee is $35. You will be prompted to pay the fee when you have completed all of the required fields in the online application. If you choose to apply to more than one graduate program, you must submit a separate application using a new email address, statement of purpose, and $35 application fee.
  • A Statement of Purpose is required for certificate and degree programs. State your reasons for pursuing graduate study, specifying your special interests within your chosen discipline, and including your background preparation in that area. Mention any relevant skills or experience that you have acquired. Please refer to your intended program page to see if it has any additional requirements regarding the statement.
  • Official transcripts (transcripts in a sealed, stamped envelope from the granting institution and signed by the school official responsible for issuing such records, i.e. Registrar or Controller of Examinations) of all previous undergraduate and graduate records must be received by the Graduate College before the application file is considered complete. When a transcript is submitted in advance of completion of either undergraduate or graduate studies, an updated transcript showing all course credits, grades, and degree completions must be provided prior to initial registration at NDSU.
  • Online letters of recommendation are required before action is taken on any application. Three recommendations are required unless otherwise noted. We do not accept paper, emailed, or faxed letters.
  • Programs requiring or recommending Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores are indicated on their information pages. Minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores by the program are also listed on English Language Test Score Requirements under "Additional Information".

GMAT/GRE

Individuals seeking admission to the MBA in Agribusiness may request a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • The applicant holds a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., MD, JD).
  • The applicant has a minimum of five (5) years of recent, post-bachelor’s, full-time, professional work experience, including managerial responsibilities.

Appropriate documentation (i.e. official transcript, resume) is required to be uploaded to the application file. It does not, however, guarantee a waiver. Applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and waiver approval is determined at the discretion of the program’s administration.

Last updated Jul 2020

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