MBA in Agribusiness Management (16 Months Online)


Program Description

Agribusiness is a vital industry and a sector of business that includes food production, farming, and farming-related commercial activities. It is concerned with all the steps required in the production, processing, circulation, marketing, and logistics of agricultural products.

The Rushford MBA curriculum focuses on the growing demand for skilled professionals in large global business houses, local industries, and small to medium scale enterprises. The curriculum has been effectively designed by specialists to create leaders in all sectors of the Agribusiness World. Agriculture plays a pivotal role in the economic development of the country. Strategic management, financing, and investment in modern technologies in farms and agro-processing businesses have developed a competitive environment and thus require professionals with both technical and business knowledge.

This is a comprehensive program for students to acquire an advanced understanding of business administration and focussed knowledge about agribusiness management. This program takes you through systemwide business and management functions conducted by establishments throughout the agribusiness sector.

Rushford offers Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE) and thus a formal bachelor’s degree is not mandatory for entering this program.


Courses Overview

The Rushford Online MBA program in Agribusiness Management is comprised of a total of 28 courses and each course lasts approximately 2-3 weeks. Each course is comprised of 4-6 ECTS credits. Students must complete 18 Core course, 5 out of the 10 elective courses, and a capstone project to earn a total of 90 ECTS for becoming eligible for the MBA in Agribusiness Management award.

  • Managerial Economics
  • Managerial Skills
  • Accounting for Financial Reporting
  • Accounting for Managerial Decisions
  • Business Analytics
  • Financial Management
  • Operations Management: Productivity & Quality
  • International Business Environment 
  • Leadership and Managing Human Capital 
  • Marketing Management 
  • Financial Statement Analysis 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics & Law 
  • Strategic Management: Integrating the Enterprise (Elective) 
  • Sales Management (Elective)
  • Organizational Behaviour (Elective) 
  • Business Communications (Elective)
  • Business Law (Elective) 
  • Crop Production System and Agricultural Irrigation 
  • Soil- Plant -Water Relationship 
  • Food Processing Technology 
  • Argo Chemicals and Technology Management 
  • Research Methods in Agribusiness and Business Laws and Ethics 
  • Agricultural Economics, Marketing, and Financial Management for Agribusiness 
  • Organic Farming, Sustainable Agriculture and Permaculture (Elective) 
  • Animal Husbandry and Farm Management (Elective)
  • Fertilizer Technology and Seed Production (Elective)
  • Fruit Production and Post-Harvest Management (Elective) 
  • Technology Management for Livestock Production (Elective) 
  • Capstone Project

Careers & Outcomes

The ‘MBA Agribusiness’ upholds the mission of Rushford for bridging the skills-need gap with innovative business programs tailored towards core business studies and agricultural sciences. The objective of an MBA in Agribusiness is to develop a platform to motivate and provide systematic knowledge to the students to realize their dream of agripreneurship.

The MBA Agribusiness offers multiple career options like business ownership, farm or ranch management, financial and strategic consulting, academics, international business, commodity trading, marketing, market analyst, logistics, public relations, policy, natural resources, management in small and large companies and several other allied fields.

Job Outlook

The agricultural sector is the lifeline of human existence. 65% of working adults directly or indirectly rely on agriculture for their livelihood and represents a tremendous opportunity for job creation and shared prosperity. Overall, agribusiness and beverage are a US$ 13 trillion industry. The industry is comprised of bigger multi-national corporates, large national-level companies, and small & medium enterprises (SMEs). SME’s employ the largest number of agribusiness professionals worldwide.

With the good availability of agricultural products across countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Agribusiness industry has proven to be highly durable and resilient to stress.


Rushford maintains very high standards for students who enter our academic programs. For all MBA programs, the following criteria need to be met before admission is offered to a prospective student.


Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent recognized academic title in any discipline.

Qualifications Waiver

For students who don’t have a Bachelor’s Degree, Rushford uses Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE). SSBIM generally utilizes over 3 years of relevant experience in a significant role for waiver of Bachelor’s Degree. 

Proficiency in English

Evidence of Proficiency in English:

  • IELTS 6.0+ or
  • PTE 50+ or
  • TOEFL 550+ or
  • Any other proficiency test that was taken in the last 2 years

English Proficiency Waiver:

The English proficiency test is waived for the following candidates:

  • Native English Speakers or
  • Applicants having completed their schooling in English (i.e. High School Diploma or IB) or
  • Applicants having completed their undergraduate degree in English in an English speaking country or
  • 2 Years of work experience in a setting in which English is the primary language of work



EduQua Certified Swiss Institution

Rushford Business School through its parent school (James Lind Institute) is certified by EduQua, a Swiss quality label for further education institutions.  EduQua is an accreditation body recognized and supported by the Swiss Confederate Government.

EduQua is the first quality certification for public and private educational institutions in Switzerland and is recognized, supported, and endorsed by the following organizations:

• Swiss Federal Government
• Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK)
• State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
• Swiss Conference for Professional Training department (SBBK)
• Swiss Association of Employment Departments (VSAA)
• Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB)


Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Rushford Business School through its parent school (James Lind Institute) is a member of the “Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

ACBSP is the only global accrediting body, which accredits business programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree levels worldwide since 1988. Rushford Business School is part of a membership that extends to more than 60 countries. ACBSP members are amongst the best educators in their respective fields, interested in learning innovative teaching methods, improving the delivery of business education programs, and creative value for their students.


Swiss Higher Educational Institution

James Lind Institute is an approved post-secondary higher educational Institution with the authority to award private degrees in Switzerland. The institute is registered in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland under the UID CHE-255.747.977.


International Council For Open & Distance Education (ICDE), Norway

James Lind Institute is a proud member of the prestigious International Council for Open & Distance Education. ICDE has consultative partner status with UNESCO and shares UNESCO’s key value – the universal right to education for all. ICDE further derives its position from the unique knowledge and experience of its members throughout the world in the development and use of new methodologies and emerging technologies.


International Organization For Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 Certified

James Lind Institute (JLI) is fully accredited by the AMERICAN BOARD OF ACCREDITATION SERVICES (ABAS) as per ISO 9001:2015 standards for providing Training & Education Programs related to healthcare and allied sectors.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Rushford Business School is the official name of the Business School of James Lind Institute, Gevena, Switzerland. The school offers higher degree programs in Business and Management. We are also uniq ... Read More

Rushford Business School is the official name of the Business School of James Lind Institute, Gevena, Switzerland. The school offers higher degree programs in Business and Management. We are also unique in our offering of several MBA programs with technical specializations and we continue to add more technical specializations as we keep growing. Our 100% online programs are well suited to students from all over the world who would like to receive a high-quality education from a premier European Business School at an affordable tuition fee. As part of the JLI global institution, we leverage the networks, knowledge, experience and geographic spread to the advantage of our students. Read less