Master of Agribusiness - Animal Health Cohort
The Master of Agribusiness is a combination of a MBA and M.S. in agricultural economics. The program combines business, management and economic curriculum with a focus on working professionals in the animal health, companion animal and agribusiness industries.
In addition to the traditional material covered, the Economics of the Global Animal Health Industry elective course further customizes the curriculum for the student. This enhances students' ability to apply management and strategic skills to the challenges of a rapidly changing environment within the animal health industry.
The on-campus portion of the program is held at K-State Olathe in August and October of each year.
This award-winning, industry-centered, distance education degree program focuses on the food, animal health and agribusiness industries. Students who have earned a Master of Agribusiness degree from K-State will have developed and synthesized a portfolio of skills to:
- Approach problem-solving using a combination of analytical and quantitative tools and apply solutions to firm-level problems.
- Understand how to effectively use computer and information technologies to increase efficiency in the workplace.
- Refine verbal and written communication skills to effectively guide organizational change and manage a diverse workforce and clientele.
- Identify opportunities for competitive advantage through strategic value chain analysis.
Program flexibility enables students to continue working full-time, even for those who travel frequently. Coursework is done through the Internet, DVDs, podcasts and live online recitation sessions. Students visit the K-State Olathe campus for two weeks each year.
There are four one-week campus sessions during the first two years and a week cumulatively during the third year of the program. Time on campus allows students to meet classmates and faculty, train with technology, interact with industry leaders and present in groups.
- Introduction to computer decision tools for agribusiness
- Agribusiness financial management
- Applied agribusiness logistics
- Applied agribusiness economics
- Optimization techniques for agribusiness
- Agribusiness risk management
- Applied econometric analysis
- International agribusiness policy analysis
- Behavioral management theory
- Marketing concepts and research
- Advanced food and agribusiness management
- Seminar in agricultural economics analysis
- Comparative food and agriculture systems
- Economic issues in the global animal health industry
- Master's thesis research
K-State offers a stackable credential for professionals working in the animal health industry and students earning their MAB.
The Animal Health Management Graduate Certificate is a 20-credit hour program that equips current and future professionals with knowledge and technical skills in agribusiness, economics, policy and regulation — core competencies that employers in the animal health industry say many employees are lacking.