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Northwest Missouri State University

MBA: Agricultural Economics Emphasis

The student who desires a career in the business aspect of agriculture may choose to pursue the MBA with emphasis in Agricultural Economics, which is offered in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture. This program is a logical extension for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in agricultural business.

The MBA – Agricultural Economics Emphasis candidate will have two advisors – one from the M.B.A. faculty, and one from the Department of Agriculture.


For the emphasis in agricultural economics, the following course prerequisites must be met in addition to the MBA prerequisite courses:

Number Course Title
52-151 General Economics II OR
     03-110 Introduction to Agricultural Economics
03-130 Plant Science
03-150 Animal Science
03-304 Farm Management and Records Analysis
03-334 Soils

Graduate Course Requirements

The MBA with Agricultural Economics Emphasis candidate must complete the 7 required courses for the General MBA. In addition, 4 graduate-level courses (12 hours) in agricultural economics from those listed below* must be completed.

Number Course Title Hours
03-502 Agricultural Prices 3
03-503 Agricultural Law 3
03-504 Futures Trading 3
03-505 Agricultural Resource Economics 3
03-508 Agriculture Policy 3
03-602 Advanced Agricultural Economics 3
03-604 Advanced Farm Management 3
03-691 Methods of Research in the Life Sciences
03-609 Special Topics in Agricultural Economics 1-3

* Under ACBSP accreditation standards, graduate students pursuing MBA degrees must complete at least 30 hours in courses reserved exclusively for graduate students (that is, 600-level courses). Students who have not completed a course in international business at the undergraduate level will be required to complete 55-631 International Business in addition to the 11 courses listed above.

NOTE: Ag Finance and Ag Marketing do not meet the prerequisite requirements for the MBA program.