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University of Missouri

Agricultural and Applied Economics

Program Description

The undergraduate Agribusiness Management degree at the University of Missouri prepares students for a wide variety of careers in agribusinesses to help them succeed as leaders and decision-makers in the global agrifood system. Courses are a unique blend of business, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and management concepts, as well as agricultural sciences, in the context of production agriculture and the global food system. While stressing a conceptual understanding, the program immerses students in opportunities to apply skills and experience real-world problem-solving cases. Students can also participate in the accelerated master’s program to get an MA in Agricultural and Applied Economics in just one additional year. Graduates have gone on to successful careers in business, sales, finance, policy, supply chain management, and farming, among other fields.

Programs focus on:

  • Business management, organization, contracting, governance and strategy.
  • Collective action and cooperative theory.
  • Econometrics and price analysis.
  • Entrepreneurship.
  • Environmental economics.
  • Food and agricultural policy and regulation.
  • Food production, distribution and consumption and sustainable agriculture.
  • Natural resource use.
  • Regional economics.
  • Rural development policy and economic development.

The graduate program at MU is recognized for its innovative approach to graduate training in agricultural economics. A distinguishing feature of the program is the integration of organizational, institutional and welfare economics in both applied and theoretical research. This approach gives the program a competitive advantage.

Graduate students have the opportunity of working with leading scholars engaged in a diverse range of challenging research projects that develop new knowledge about state, national and international agricultural issues.

Program Website


Harvey James, Director of Graduate Studies

+1 573-882-3545


Columbia, Missouri, USA


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