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Ag Business

Master's in Agribusiness

The Masters of Agriculture in agribusiness stresses the development of superior professional competence suited to the demands of the modern business, academic, government, and research environments.
The OSU Department of Agricultural Economics has a long tradition of being one of the more relevant and applied departments in the country with a focus is on solving problems. The department has an environment conducive to considerable interaction among students and where students interact regularly with faculty.

Curriculum

The Master of Agriculture in agribusiness degree in the OSU Department of Agricultural Economics is intended for students with a bachelor's degree in a field other than agricultural economics such as animal science, agricultural communications, horticulture, or plant science. The program of study is more flexible than a typical MBA program and is directly related to agriculture. The Master of Agriculture degree is a non-research degree and does not prepare students for advanced study at the PhD level. Students with a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics or related field, or students who plan to pursue a PhD should enroll under the agricultural economics Master of Science degree option.

 

Three options are available in the agribusiness MAg degree program: 32 credit hours, including two credit hours for a formal report; 36 credit hours and a creative component; 36 credit hours including six hours of AGEC 5010 for a professional internship. A minimum of 21 credit hours must be earned at the 5000 level or above. A comprehensive final examination is required of all master of agriculture candidates.

 

Research and Faculty

The research program in the OSU Department of Agricultural Economics aims to create practical, empirical knowledge that will increase the efficiency and productivity of Oklahoma agriculture and rural communities and the well-being of Oklahomans. Through collaborations in interdisciplinary projects, we make significant contributions to the research literature in many disciplines.

 

Agribusiness research focuses on ways to develop and enhance the agricultural products, value-added food, and biofuel industries in Oklahoma and the Southern Plains. Projects have included impacts of input availability, logistics, regulatory compliance, market potential for products, feasibility assessments of value-added ventures, cooperative performance enhancement, new product innovation and development, grant supported research, teaching, extension, and experiment station projects.

 

Meet our Departmental Faculty

 

Admissions

The application requirements for the agricultural economics graduate degree program in the OSU Department of Agricultural Economics are as follows:

  • Submit an application for admission to the OSU Graduate College.
  • Provide original transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Provide three recommendation writer names and email addresses in the application.
    • Recommendation writers may upload their recommendation into the application. Recommendations should be completed by individuals familiar with your academic performance.
  • (Optional) To apply for an assistantship, complete the assistantship information in the application.
    • For best consideration for assistantships, applications should be submitted by January 5 for fall admission and July 1 for spring admission.
  • Provide a statement of purpose and résumé.
  • Provide GRE scores. Institute code 6546, Department code 0101.
  • (International Students only) Provide TOEFL/IELTS scores. Institute code 6546, Dept. code 99.

Please submit all the required documents by uploading the documents into the application for admission.

 

Cost and Assistance

Many students help finance graduate education through part-time, paid employment as a graduate assistant. As a graduate assistant, you can expand and apply your knowledge and skills under the supervision of faculty or staff. After admission by the Graduate College, a student who is making satisfactory progress toward a graduate degree may be appointed to an assistantship.

The OSU Department of Agricultural Economics awards a number of research and teaching assistantships each year. Stipends for these assistantships are reviewed annually and adjusted as needed. Stipend rates are competitive with those of other outstanding agricultural economics departments. Students who are sufficiently employed as teaching or research assistants and are sufficiently enrolled are eligible for tuition waivers.

 

Cost and Aid

Assistantships and Funding Opportunities

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