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Applying to the MAB Program

Master of Agribusiness Program Application

Summer B Admissions Only. Next Application Deadline: May 15

All supporting materials along with application must be submitted by the deadline in order to receive an admissions decision. 

We're thrilled that you're considering joining our program. Whether you're an aspiring agricultural entrepreneur, a seasoned professional looking to advance your career, or a passionate individual seeking to make a positive impact on the global food system, our program offers a comprehensive education tailored to your needs.

Before you start your application, we encourage you to read through the information provided on this page. It covers everything you need to know about our program requirements and admission process. By familiarizing yourself with these details, you'll be well-prepared to submit a strong application.

We understand that questions may arise as you dive into the details. However, we kindly request that you carefully read through all the provided information before reaching out to our dedicated advisors. They are always here to assist you, but your thorough exploration of this page will enable you to gather the necessary knowledge and approach them with specific inquiries. We're excited about the possibilities that await you in our Master of Agribusiness program. 

  • Requirements

    1.) Course Prerequisites with a grade of "B" or better in each of the following:

      • Financial Accounting. Topics may include emphasis on wealth and income measurement, preparation and interpretation of conventional financial statements, adjusting accounts, deferrals, accruals, merchandise inventory, cash, receivables, long-term assets, current liabilities, basic financial and managerial decision-making for small agribusinesses. (Ex: ACG 2021C Principles of Financial Accounting, ACG 2010 Financial Accounting I, AEB 3122 Agribusiness Financial Planning)

      • Microeconomics. Topics may include economic concepts and principles used in production, consumption, price determination, externalities, determining individual and firm behavior, distribution of income in regulated and unregulated industries, industrial relations, monopolies, and comparative economic systems., how an economy decides what to produce, how to produce, and how to distribute goods and services, principles of economics as it applies to agriculture and the economic problems of the agricultural industry and the individual farmer. (Ex: ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics, AEB 2014 Economics, Food and You, AEB 3103 Principles of FRE)

      • Management. Topics may include overview of the core management functions, how to manage organizations for excellence in performance and employee satisfaction, planning, organizing, leading, controlling, and problem-solving in organizations, ethics and social responsibility, strategic and operational planning, decision making, organization structure, managing teams, communication, and information technology, agribusiness management principles, application of economic principles, budgeting techniques, and principles of strategy in agribusiness. (Ex: MAN 2021 & MAN 3025 Principles of Management, AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management)


      • The above course descriptions are not comprehensive but should help applicants determine if they have the background necessary for the program.

      • Prerequisites do not have to be completed prior to application but must be completed prior to first term of enrollment (Summer B).

      • Contact Jess Herman, Graduate Advisor for additional help on prerequisites.

    2.) A 3.0 Upper Division GPA (Junior & Senior Year)

    3.) Three strong letters of recommendation (faculty, employer, & others who know your work and character). 

  • Applying to the Program

    The application is a multi-step process; please read carefully. All students must apply using the UF Graduate School Application. The application is fully online. The application review process takes approximately 4-6 weeks once all materials and completed application have been submitted.

    Application Steps:

    1. Create your account.
    2. Complete the required personal information, and conduct disclosure.
    3. At “Application Information,” when you get to “Location of Intended Program”, select “Main Campus – Gainesville”. Do NOT select “Distance Education” even though the program is completely online!
    4. When you arrive at “Program of Study,” do NOT search for the program. Instead, do this:
      1. Select “College of Agricultural and Life Sciences”
      2. Scroll down and select “Food and Resource Economics – Master of Agribusiness.”
      3. Select the semester and year. We ONLY admit in the Summer B term.
      4. At Concentration, click "None"
      5. When you save and confirm, you will be taken to the rest of your application.
      6. At the next page “Program Display” and “Concentration” select “None”. Do not enter a program specialization. Department contact not necessary.
    5. Complete the rest of the application (including the GPA calculator, which is required!) Upload one copy each of all the required materials. They are listed below for your convenience.
    6. Acknowledgement, Fee Payment, and Submit.

    Materials to Upload

    • Unofficial most recent college transcripts. No high school transcripts, please!
    • Statement of purpose (2-page max). See Purdue’s Online Writing Lab for tips.
    • Resume or CV (2 pages max)
    • International applicants’ additional requirements:
      1. TOEFL/iBT/CBT
      2. College transcripts in English and native language
      3. Degree certifications/statements in English and native language
      4. Exemptions: Countries exempted from TOEFL are found here:



  • Applying as an International Student

    One of our frequently asked questions is, "Can International Students Apply to this Program," and the answer is YES! Many of our successful FRE students come from a diverse range of international backgrounds. However, international students who have earned their previous degrees must submit the following additional information with their graduate school application:

    • Unofficial transcripts in both English and the native language
    • Unofficial 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.)
    • Exemptions: Countries exempted from TOEFL are found here:
  • The Decision Process (When Applications are Complete & All Supporting Materials Are Submitted)

    The Application Process Takes 4-6 weeks and is as follows:

    1. Department reviews to determine if the applicant meets requirements.
      • Admit: Applicant meets/will meet requirements prior to the first term of enrollment
        1. Application forwarded to UF Admissions to check conduct and verify transcripts.
        2. UF Admissions determines student meets the requirements, and processes admission.
        3. Department can release decision.
      • Deny: Applicant does not meet requirements/will not meet requirements by the first term.
        1. Decision forwarded to Admissions. The decision is not reviewed by Admissions.
        2. Department releases decision.
    2. We can admit based on unofficial transcripts, but students must have official transcripts sent directly to UF Admissions Office prior to the end of the first term of enrollment. Send to: UF Office of Admissions, Box 114000, 201 Criser Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611
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