MBA in Agribusiness

Developing Ag Industry Leaders

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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)

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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 797Comprehensive Project/Agribusiness Strategy
(capstone; integrate learning from previous courses; write a paper/case)
2 credits
AGEC 790Agribusiness Seminar2 credits
MBA 701Strategic Cost Management2 credits
MBA 702Advanced Financial Management2 credits
MBA 703Advanced Organizational Behavior2 credits
MBA 704Supply Chain and Operations Management2 credits
MBA 705Strategic Marketing Management2 credits
MBA 706Information Resources Management2 credits
MBA 707Microeconomics for Managers2 credits
OR AGEC 741Advanced Microeconomics3 credits
MBA 708Advanced Strategic Management2 credits


Students must take at least two elective courses (4-6 credits). The approved elective courses are shown below:
AGEC 646Agribusiness Finance3 credits
AGEC 712Applied Risk Analysis II3 credits
FIN 640International Finance3 credits
MBA 711Advanced Investment Management2 credits
MBA 712Advanced Portfolio Management2 credits
MBA 713Financial Derivatives2 credits
MBA 714Advanced Valuation2 credits
MGMT 661Supply Chain Management3 credits
TL 711Logistics Systems3 credits
TL 721International Logistics Management3 credits
TL 723Advanced Supply-Chain Planning Across the Enterprise3 credits
TL 731Logistics Decision Analysis3 credits
TL 829Supply Chain Risk Management3 credits
AGEC 644Commodity Trading3 credits
MRKT 534Sales Management3 credits
MBA 721Creating and Marketing Innovations2 credits
MBA 722Marketing Analytics and Customer Intelligence2 credits
MBA 723Digital Marketing2 credits
MBA 724Integrated Marketing Communications2 credits
AGEC 739Analytical Methods for Applied Economics3 credits
ECON 610Econometrics3 credits
ECON 710Advanced Econometrics3 credits
MBA 751Business Analytics Concepts2 credits
MBA 752Business Analytics Strategy2 credits
MBA 753Business Analytics Methods2 credits
AGEC 652Food Laws & Regulation3 credits
AGEC 674Cooperatives3 credits
AGEC 720Food Safety Costs and Benefits Analysis3 credits
AGEC 725Food Policy3 credits
AGEC 793Individual Study1-5 credits
ECON 640Game Theory and Strategy3 credits
ECON 672International Trade3 credits
MBA 731Leading and Managing Teams2 credits
MBA 732Managerial Leadership: Essential Competencies2 credits
MBA 733Managerial Decision Making2 credits
MBA 734Negotiations & Alternative Dispute Resolution2 credits


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