Master of Agribusiness in Agribusiness
Chair: V. Salin
Graduate Advisor: V. Salin
This professional curriculum is designed to provide specialized preparation for economic, financial, marketing, and managerial analysis of agribusiness, food and fiber industry decisions. The Master of Agribusiness (MAB) degree program is non-thesis, interdisciplinary, and jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Mays Business School. Program administration includes a Program Director, Program Executive Committee and an Intercollegiate Faculty. This program is one of a select cadre of national programs that successfully cuts across the business and agriculture disciplines to focus on food and agribusiness management.
The requirements of the Master of Agribusiness degree are completed with a full-time, residential program of study. Course selections are flexible to meet the needs and goals of students who have prior education and experience in life sciences fields or in business and economics. Enrollees who have taken business courses as undergraduates will be able to build on what they learned in these foundation courses and specialize their training to pursue specific career goals. Those who have not completed these foundation courses may complete them as part of their degree program. A student will work closely with the Program Director in developing a degree plan to meet his/her unique background and career goals.
The Intercollegiate Faculty of Agribusiness provides administrative leadership for the Master of Agribusiness (MAB) degree program. The mission of the Intercollegiate Faculty of Agribusiness is to:
1. foster the synergistic development of interdisciplinary agribusiness research and teaching;
2. enhance communication between the faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Department of Agricultural Economics) and the Mays Business School (Departments of Accounting, Finance, Information and Operations Management, Management and Marketing);
3. build a strong academic foundation in agribusiness and managerial economics that will meet the current and future needs of industry, governments, and higher education in the U.S. and globally; and
4. capitalize on the network of leaders within the food and agribusiness industry for student recruitment, research opportunities, internships and placement.
Furthering the development of value-added agricultural and food enterprises in Texas, the U.S., and worldwide will require considerable analytical and managerial expertise. Graduate-trained managers are needed who are comfortable working in technical fields of expertise and who also have an understanding of the unique challenges and issues facing the agricultural and food sector. The Master of Agribusiness program provides this training.