The Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Agribusiness program at North Dakota State University is a non-thesis, professional program designed to meet the educational needs of current and future agribusiness leaders. The program carves a niche at the intersection of business and agriculture, drawing on the resources and expertise of both the College of Business and the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. It accommodates full- and part-time students, including working professionals, and focuses on preparing managers of agribusiness firms to make decisions that consider factors unique to agribusiness. Examples may include:

  • 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.

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.

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.


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., PhD, 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.