- production volatility caused by weather, pests, and biology
- logistics disruptions
- seasonality in production and consumption
- long investment and production cycles
- linkages with the government, financial institutions, and other organizations
In addition to these industry-specific topics, the program also provides a solid background in business, emphasizing the practicalities of managing agribusiness organizations. Graduates of the program can expect to gain high quality general business management skills along with in-depth knowledge of agribusiness and agricultural industries.
The College of Business and the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics offer financial assistance through a limited number of graduate assistantships and scholarships. Assistantships include a stipend and graduate base-tuition waiver in return for work within the college. The tuition waiver is limited to eligible graduate course work. Awards are competitive and administered on a case-by-case basis.
Individuals seeking admission to the MBA in Agribusiness program may request a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement if they meet one of the following requirements:
- The applicant has a cumulative post-secondary GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited or otherwise recognized institution of higher education.
- The application has successfully completed two or more post-secondary degrees (bachelor's level or higher).
- The applicant holds a terminal degree (e.g., PhD, EdD, MD, JD, etc.).
- The applicant has substantial post-baccalaureate professional work experience (typically a minimum of five (5) years), including demonstrated leadership ability.
Appropriate documentation (i.e. official transcript(s), resume) is required to be uploaded to the application file. It does not, however, guarantee a waiver. Applicants requesting an exam waiver are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and waiver approval is determined at the discretion of the MBA program coordinator and/or director.