Master of Agriculture (M.Ag.)
The Master of Agriculture degree is designed to provide the student with specific application skills. A major emphasis is placed on the use of current decision-aid tools used to solve problems routinely faced by decision makers. The Master of Agriculture degree in the Department of Agricultural Economics is a nonresearch degree. It does not prepare the student for advanced study at the Ph.D. level.
Students who are accepted for study in the Master of Agriculture program will be assigned an advisor. A three member committee, which includes the student's advisor, will assist the student in developing a plan of study which includes a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. The minimum requirement must include 6 hours of credit earned for a professional internship, and a minimum of 21 credit hours must be earned at the 5000 level or above. A written comprehensive exam is required of all Master of Agriculture degree candidates.
- Degree Requirements
- Admission to the program.
- Successfully completing the courses included on an approved plan of study.
- Successfully completing either a creative component or an internship that fulfills the creative component requirement, approved by the student’s Academic Advisory Committee.
- Successfully completing a comprehensive final examination administered by the students’ advisory committee.
- A graduation clearance form should be signed by the department head and submitted by April 1 for the spring and summer semester and November 1 for the fall semester in which the student intends to complete degree requirements.
- A diploma application should be submitted online by April 1 for the spring and summer semester and November 1 for the fall semester in which the student intends to complete degree requirements.
- M.Ag. in Agribusiness: Program Description
The Master of Agriculture in Agribusiness degree is intended for students with a B.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 Ph.D. level. Students with a B.S. in agricultural economics or a related field or students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. should enroll under the Master of Science option.
Two majors are available within the degree:
The Agribusiness Major provides the economics and business training needed to enter a management position in agricultural or related industries. These include agricultural cooperatives, commodity merchandisers, banks, and farm consultants. The Agricultural Economics Major permits students to tailor the degree to specialties in natural resources, animal science, agricultural communications, horticulture, plant science or others.
- M.Ag. in Agribusiness: Degree Requirements
Three alternatives exist for satisfying the Master of Agriculture requirements:
- 32 credit hours, including two credit hours for a formal report,
- 36 credit hours and a creative component, and
- 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
The prerequisites include one course in statistics, a working knowledge of computers, and nine additional semester credit hours in agricultural economics and economics.
Minimum 12 hours in Agricultural Economics not including AGEC 5000 or 5010
- AGEC 5423 Agribusiness Management
- AGEC 4403 Advanced Farm and Ranch Management
- AGEC 5603 Advanced Agricultural Finance
- MGMT 5113 Management and Organization Theory
- STAT 4043 Applied Regression Analysis
- ECON 5113 Managerial Economics
- AGEC 5103 Mathematical Economics
*Students who have had calculus should take AGEC 5103 Mathematical Economics instead of ECON 5113. Students with no upper division training in microeconomics should take ECON 3113 Intermediate Microeconomics before taking ECON 5113.
Other recommendations: Students with no background in accounting should take ACCT 5103 Financial Accounting and Analysis. Students with strong skills in mathematics and statistics should take STAT 4043 in the fall instead of STAT 5013 and then take AGEC 5213 Econometric Methods in the spring. The comprehensive final examination may be administered after the student has completed one year in the program.
- Professional Internship
A professional internship may be included on a Master of Agriculture in Agribusiness Plan of Study. Students who plan to complete a professional internship should discuss their intentions with the department head during the academic advisor assignment process. When students meet with potential advisors they should inform them of their desire to complete an internship. The student’s advisor and the department’s internship committee may assist. However, the ultimate responsibility for arranging an internship lies with the student.
The department’s internship committee and the student’s advisory committee must approve the internship. The student should obtain a statement of the policy and procedures and necessary forms from the chair of the department’s internship committee. The internship is intended to be a supervised professional experience with approved public and private employers. Internship credit is awarded via AGEC 5010.