BS in Agribusiness Management

Degree Program Description

Earning an Agribusiness Management degree will equip you with the necessary quantitative, analytical and critical thinking skills to help you succeed as a leader and decision-maker in the global agrifood system. Our faculty teach business, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and management concepts in the context of production agriculture and the global food system. While stressing conceptual understanding, the program immerses you in opportunities to apply your skills and experience real-world problem-solving.

Agribusiness Management career opportunities include agribusiness and food industry sales, commodity and food product marketing, entrepreneurial endeavors, farm management and production, financial management and analysis, human and public relations, policy and law and supply chain management.

Major Program Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management are required to complete all University general education, University graduation and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.

If you are planning to transfer courses (including AP credit) and would like information on how they apply to a degree program(s), you can email for general recommendations.

Students are admissible to transfer into Agribusiness Management with a 2.0 cumulative GPA.  You are directly admissible as a freshman when you meet the University admissions requirements.

Foundational Courses
MATH 1100College Algebra3
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3-5
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
BIOCHM 2110The Living World: Molecular Scale3-4
or BIOCHM 2112 Biotechnology in Society
or CHEM 1100 Atoms and Molecules with Lab
or CHEM 1320 College Chemistry I
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics
ABM 1042Applied Macroeconomics3
or ECONOM 1015 Principles of Macroeconomics
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
PHIL 1200How to Think: Logic and Reasoning for Everyday Life3
Core requirements
ABM 1200Applied Computer Applications3
ABM 2225Statistical Analysis3
ABM 3183The Economics of the Food, Fiber and Fuel Supply Chain3
ABM 3223Relationship Selling: Creating Value for Customers3
ABM 3282Agribusiness Finance3
or FINANC 3000 Corporate Finance
ABM 4240Microeconomics Theory and Applications3
or ECONOM 4351 Intermediate Microeconomics
ABM 4251Agricultural Prices3
ACCTCY 2036Accounting I3
ACCTCY 2037Accounting II3
Supporting Agriculture Sciences Electives9
Courses in agricultural systems technology, animal sciences, biochemistry, environmental science, fisheries & wildlife, forestry, food science & nutrition, natural resources, and plant sciences
International Electives3
ABM 3150International Agribusiness3
ABM 3271International Agricultural Development3
ABM 3272International Food Trade and Policy3
AFNR 2190International Agriculture and Natural Resources3
AFNR 2191International Agriculture and Natural Resources - Humanities3
Any Foreign Language Course3
Students should select one option - Management or Public Policy
Management Option Requirements15
ABM 3256Agribusiness and Biotechnology Law3
ABM 3283Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship3
ABM 3286Economics of Managerial Decision Making3
Select 2 of the 3 following capstone courses
ABM 4971WAgribusiness Management Strategy - Writing Intensive3
ABM 4972Agri-Food Business and Cooperative Management3
ABM 4983Strategic Entrepreneurship in Agri-Food3
Business Electives15
ABM 3150International Agribusiness3
ABM 3224WNew Products Marketing - Writing Intensive3
ABM 3241WEthical Issues in Agriculture - Writing Intensive3
ABM 3260General Farm Management3
ABM 3294Agricultural Marketing and Procurement3
ABM 3295Real Money: Speculative Trading for Beginners3
ABM 3370Transportation in the Global Supply Chain3
ABM 4223Professional Solution Selling3
ABM 4286Behavioral and Experimental Economics3
ABM 4301Topics in Agribusiness Management (Introduction to Supply Chain Management)3
ABM 4940Internship Opportunities (ABM 4940 internship must have prior approval)3
ABM 4971WAgribusiness Management Strategy - Writing Intensive (If not taken for capstone requirement)3
ABM 4972Agri-Food Business and Cooperative Management (If not taken for capstone requirement)3
ABM 4983Strategic Entrepreneurship in Agri-Food3
ABM 4990WEconomic Analysis of Policy and Regulation - Writing Intensive3
ECONOM 3229Money, Banking and Financial Markets3
HSP_MGMT 3100Guest Service Management3
HSP_MGMT 4100Hospitality Human Resources Management3
Any 3000+ level course in ACCTCY, FINANC, MANGMT, or MKTNG (except FINANC 3000). 3
Public Policy Option Requirements12
ABM 2070WEnvironmental Economics and Policy - Writing Intensive3
ABM 3230Agricultural and Rural Economic Policy3
ABM 3271International Agricultural Development3
or ABM 3272 International Food Trade and Policy
ABM 4990WEconomic Analysis of Policy and Regulation - Writing Intensive3
Public Policy Electives15
ABM 3150International Agribusiness3
ABM 3241WEthical Issues in Agriculture - Writing Intensive3
ABM 3256Agribusiness and Biotechnology Law3
ABM 3271International Agricultural Development (cannot be used for both core degree requirement and as a policy elective)3
ABM 3272International Food Trade and Policy (cannot be used for both core degree requirement and as a policy elective)3
ABM 3286Economics of Managerial Decision Making3
ABM 4286Behavioral and Experimental Economics3
ABM 4940Internship Opportunities (ABM 4940 internship must have prior approval)3
ECONOM 3367WLaw and Economics - Writing Intensive3
ECONOM 4315Public Economics3
ENV_SC 4400WEnvironmental Law, Policy, and Justice - Writing Intensive3
NAT_R 4353Natural Resource Policy/Administration3
POL_SC 4320WPublic Policy - Writing Intensive3
POL_SC 4420Politics of International Economic Relations3

Accelerated BS to MS in Agricultural and Applied Economics

Exceptional students seeking an agribusiness or policy-related career have the opportunity to earn their BS in Agribusiness Management and their MS in Agricultural and Applied Economics within five years.  The accelerated BS to MS option allows students to receive dual-credit for up to 12 credit hours in cross-leveled courses during their first (provisional) year in the MS program.  Under certain circumstances, and depending on the student's undergraduate degree plan, the student may request an 8000-level course to be counted during their provisional year as an elective toward their major requirements.  Upon completion of the Bachelor's degree students will take at least 18 additional credit hours, with at least 15 credit hours in graduate hours at the 8000-level or higher.  These hours will be completed during the second year to complete the MS in Agricultural and Applied Economics.


To be eligible for the accelerate MS program, students must have completed at least 90 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in ABM-designated courses, (or their equivalents), on the student’s undergraduate degree plan. Students must submit the degree program application form with at least two supporting letters from ABM/AAE faculty members recommending admission.

Program Requirements

Total credits required for graduation must be at least 138 credit hours:

  • Total undergraduate credits: 120
  • Total dual credits: 12
  • Total graduate credits: 30
First Year (as Provisional Graduate Student)12
Required Course:3
AAE 7240Microeconomics Theory and Applications3
or ECONOM 7351 Intermediate Microeconomics
Choose three of the following (by Management & Entrepreneurship and Public Policy UG Track):9
AAE 7286Behavioral and Experimental Economics3
AAE 7301Topics in Agricultural and Applied Economics3
AAE 7400Environmental Law, Policy, and Justice3
AAE 7971Agribusiness Management Strategy3
AAE 7972Agri-Food Business and Cooperative Management3
AAE 7983Strategic Entrepreneurship in Agri-Food3
AAE 7990Economic Analysis of Policy and Regulation3
ECONOM 7353Intermediate Macroeconomics3
Second Year (as Graduate Student)18
7000+ levelQuantitative analysis/research tools elective3
8000+ levelQuantitative analysis/research tells elective3
8000+ level Emphasis area elective6
AAE 8090Masters Thesis Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics (or 8000+ level Emphasis area/research method elective)3
AAE 8450Masters Non Thesis Research3
or AAE 8090 Masters Thesis Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics

The MS program has three focus areas that vary slightly in their requirements.  The above structure is a general representation but may be adapted slightly based on the student's academic and career interests.  The first-year courses are based on the two options in the Agribusiness Management major, reflecting cross-level courses that will satisfy undergraduate degree requirements.

Requirements for Thesis

Students may elect either a thesis or non-thesis option. Thesis students can take up to 6 credit hours of research credit.  Non-thesis students can take up to 3 credit hours of non-thesis research credit and 3 credit hours of additional coursework.

Accelerated BS to JD (3+3 Law Scholars Program)

Students interested in pursuing a law degree may have the opportunity to complete their BS in Agribusiness Management and the Juris Doctor degree within six years rather than seven. The accelerated BS to JD option allows students to receive dual credit for up to 30 hours of their first-year Law School courses to complete their BS degree requirements. Law courses are used to satisfy certain degree program electives and general electives in the Agribusiness Management major. Before being formally admitted to the Law School, students must complete the first 90 hours of their degree program with a 3.5 GPA or higher, and must take the LSAT no later than December of their third year and score in the 75th percentile or above.  


Eligibility for the MU Law Scholars Program is determined by the Law School. To enroll as an MU Law Scholar, you must have a 29 or above on the ACT or 1330 on the New SAT, and be in the top 10% of your graduating high school class. (If your school does not used class rank your “core GPA” must be at least 3.71.) Final admission to the Law School requires a 3.5 GPA for the first 90 hours of the student’s undergraduate coursework and an LSAT score in the 75th percentile or above.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
ABM 1041 or ECONOM 10143ABM 1042 or ECONOM 10153 
ABM 10103BIO_SC 10103 
ABM 12003ENGLSH 10003 
MATH 11003MATH 14003 
POL_SC 1100, 2100, HIST 1100, or HIST 12003PHIL 12003 
 15 15  
Second Year
ABM 31833ABM 32233 
ACCTCY 2036, 2026, or 2136H3ABM 22253 
CHEM 1100, 1320, BIOCHM 2110, or BIOCHM 21123ABM 32563 
COMMUN 12003ACCTCY 2037, 2027, or 2137H3 
Supporting Agriculture Science Elective3BIO_SC 10202 
 15 14  
Third Year
ABM 3282 or FINANC 30003ABM 32863ABM 49403
ABM 32833ABM 42513 
ABM 4240 or ECONOM 43513Supporting Agriculture Science Elective3 
International Elective3Business Elective6 
Supporting Agriculture Science Elective3  
 15 15 3
Fourth Year
ABM 4971W3ABM 4972 or 49833 
Business Elective6Humanities Elective3 
Free Electives4General Electives9 
 13 15  
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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