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Food and Resource Economics Department

Food and Resource Economics Department

Master of Science

Master of Science in Agribusiness MSAB Non-thesis

For students majoring in economics or agricultural economics.

Expand your knowledge of economic theory for a career in private industry, state and federal government, education in the agricultural industry.

The MSAB courses provide solid economic theory and prepare you for a career in:

  • private industry
  • state & federal government
  • secondary, post-secondary and professional institutions
  • entrepreneurial pursuits
  • management
  • finance
  • production
  • international marketing
  • human resources
  • research and development
  • sales



3-AEB 6106 Microeconomic Principles and Analysis
3-STA 6166 Statistical Methods
3-AEB 6817 Survey Research Methods for Agribusiness


3-AEB 6225 Public Policy and the Agribusiness Firm
3-AEB 6385 Management Strategies for Agribusiness Firms
3-AEB 6553 Elements of Econometrics

Summer C (Internship)

3-AEB 6942 Advanced Applications in Agribusiness Experience (project based on internship)

Read more in the Graduate Handbook 2020 - 2021.


3-AEB 6183 Agribusiness Risk Management

Total minimum credit hours required: 30
Course schedule subject to change at department’s discretion.

Jess Herman
Graduate Academic Advisor
1179 MCCA

Only applicants who meet the following minimum requirements will be considered for the program:

Minimum requirements for admission

  • 3.0 upper division GPA
  • 3 strong letters of recommendation
  • 300 GRE score, with at least 145 Quant
  • Students admitted to this program are generally self-funded.

The below course pre-requisites or equivalent with a grade of B or better:

  • MAC 2233 Calculus 
  • STA2023 Statistics
  • ACG2021 Financial Accounting
  • Intermediate-level Microeconomics (AEB 4374 Advanced Ag Micro, ECO 3101 Intermediate Micro, or other similar course approved by FRE)
  • Econometrics (ECO 4421 Intro to Econometrics, STA 4210 Regression Analysis, or other similar course approved by FRE)
  • AEB3133 Management
  • AEB3300 Marketing

*Strong quantitative skills required for admission, specifically in the areas of calculus and statistics. If it has been 2 or more years since taking these courses, it is recommended applicants consider a refresher.

Applying to the Graduate Program

Application Due: February 1

  • Application process is completely online.
  • Application process takes 4-6 weeks.
  • Please only upload one copy of each document.
  • Applicants must upload the following documentation when submitting their application. Please only upload one copy of each:
    • Transcripts (not student degree audits) from all post-secondary institutions attended.
    • 3 recommendations from faculty, employers, others who know your work and character.
    • Statement of Purpose, no more than 2 pages long. See Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) for tips on writing this statement.
    • Resume or CV, no more than 2 pages.
    • International students who earned degrees at international institutions must submit:
      • Transcripts in both English and the native language
      • Copies of degree statements/certificates in both English and native language
      • TOEFL (min scores 550 paper, 213 CBT, 79 iBT) for international students whose native language is not English and whose previous degree not earned in the U.S.) Countries exempted from TOEFL are found here:

  • Employers of our Graduates

    Bank of America
    Bank United
    Bayer Crop Science
    Black & Decker
    BBVA Compass Bank
    Century 21 Real Estate
    Del Monte
    Dow Agrosciences
    Economic Council of Okeechobee
    Farm Bureau
    Farm Credit
    Florida Department of Citrus
    Florida’s Natural
    Florida State Attorney’s Office
    Ford Motor Company
    Helena Chemical
    Kansas Pork Association
    Morgan Stanley
    Naval Air Warfare Center
    Procter and Gamble
    Syngenta Crop Protection
    T. Rowe Price
    Walt Disney
    Wedgworth Farms