Agribusiness Master's Degree

The Master of Agribusiness (MAB) graduate degree program focuses on food, animal health, and agribusiness management. Not an MBA in agribusiness, and not an M.S. in Agricultural Economics, this professional degree focuses on mid-level agribusiness managers who need to make informed decisions based on a thorough understanding of current agribusiness issues. MAB courses are presented so that students integrate key analytical concepts while immediately applying what they have learned. Students complete company-related projects in many courses, solving issues for their firms. The applied focus of the degree is enhanced by the interaction of students employed in all segments of the food, animal health, and agribusiness sector.

  • Course delivery: Online, DVD, online recitations, onsite (4 one-week on-campus sessions during the 2 and 1/2 year program)

Careers in Agribusiness

Master of Agribusiness students and alumni are employed in all sectors of the food and agribusiness industry, including:

  • pre-farm gate and post-farm gate
  • food processing/retail
  • education
  • government
  • producers
  • animal health


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The agribusiness master's degree is offered through the Department of Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture. "The personal experience of my professors and instructors made it so much easier to understand their message and the content of the program. They talk from a business world perspective, not just from the academic view. I found that very helpful since I've been working professionally for a while." — Hamid Rutaro '15


The agribusiness master's degree requires completion of 30–36 credit hours, along with two separate week-long course sessions on the Kansas State University campus during the first year of the program. Program coursework includes: Year One

  • Introduction to Computer Decision Tools for Agribusiness
  • Agribusiness Financial Management
  • Applied Agribusiness Logistics
  • Applied Agribusiness Economics
  • Optimization Techniques for Agribusiness
  • Agribusiness Risk Management

Year Two

  • Applied Econometric Analysis
  • International Agribusiness Policy Analysis
  • Behavioral Management Theory
  • Marketing Concepts and Research
  • Business Elective OR Comparative Food and Agriculture Systems
  • Advanced Food and Agribusiness Management

Year Three

  • Seminar in Agricultural Economics Analysis
  • Master's Thesis Research

Admission Requirements for the Agribusiness Graduate Program

To qualify for admission into the Master of Agribusiness program, students must have completed:

  • Bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Two years of professional work experience
  • Personal computer proficiency
  • Undergraduate courses in:
    • Accounting
    • Statistics or genetics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics or agricultural economics

Application Deadlines

Applications must be received by Oct. 15 for the Manhattan cohort or June 1 for the Southeast Asia or Animal Health cohorts, but earlier submissions are strongly encouraged due to limited spaces available.

How to Apply

Apply for the program through the K-State Graduate School application process. For complete application instructions and a listing of required application materials, view the Master of Agribusiness application page.

Tuition and Fees

Online and Off-Campus Courses Online and off-campus courses through Kansas State University Global Campus are assessed at a fixed tuition rate regardless of residency status. There are no non-resident fees for online and off-campus courses offered through K-State Global Campus. Tuition rates vary by course level, undergraduate or graduate. Additional fees may be assessed by colleges and departments. Some graduate programs have different tuition and fee structures than what has outlined in the tuition and fee schedule above, including:

  • Annual Programs — The Master of Agribusiness (MAB) program cost

Tuition is set by the Kansas Board of Regents annually in late June or early July. Kansas State University reserves the right to change costs without prior notice upon approval by the Kansas Board of Regents.

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