MBA with Specialization in Agribusiness

The New Mexico State University Master of Business Administration program specializing in Agribusiness (MBA-AB) is a very attractive graduate education alternative for individuals completing or holding undergraduate degrees in agricultural economics, agricultural business and agricultural and food sciences in general. The program, jointly offered by the College of Business (CB) and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), is designed to train future mid and upper-level executives for the food and fiber industry, as well as for the public sector.

This industry comprises food and fiber producers, processors and manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers; and allied and support businesses such as agricultural input producers and suppliers, lenders, and commodity brokers and traders, among others.

The graduates from NMSU's MBA-AB program will have the distinctive quality of being knowledgeable of the U.S. and the international food and fiber sectors while holding a fully (AACSB International) accredited MBA degree. The program provides students with opportunities to be involved in a variety of research projects addressing current agribusiness issues under the direction of expert professors in this field.

Through courses taught by professors specializing in both general business administration and agribusiness administration - such as advanced agribusiness management and marketing, production economics, agricultural commodity futures markets and trading, international agricultural trade and policy, strategic management, organizational behavior and management processes, financial management, business information systems, and the legal environment of business - students will be specially trained for administrative careers in the U.S. and international food and fiber industry, and in related public sector support and development agencies.

The food and fiber industry employs about 17% of the labor force in the U.S. and other industrialized countries, and over 25% worldwide. This suggests a high demand for individuals with specialized agribusiness administration skills and training. In fact, major agribusiness corporations like Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Cargill, ConAgra Foods, Pioneer-Dupont, Dow Agricultural Sciences, Nestle, Kraft Foods, and many others provide exciting career opportunities in marketing, management and administration.

MBA-AB program graduates can also seek careers in the public sector with agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and various non-governmental organizations (NGO's) and private foundations.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

The Master of Business Administration with Specialization in Agribusiness consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours.

The Program Core Requirements (21 hours) are:

  • ACCT 503 (3)
  • BA 590 (3)
  • BCIS 502 (3)
  • BLAW 502 (3)
  • FIN 503 (3)
  • MGT 503 (3)
  • MGT 590 (3)

NOTE: Pre-requisites for these core requirements may require a grade of B or better before enrolling these classes. Please visit with your advisor to ensure you have met the grade and pre-requisite requirements.

AEAB Block In addition to the core, students must take the 5 courses listed below:

  • AEEC/FIN 511 (3)
  • AEEC 520 (3)
  • AEEC 551 (3)
  • AEEC 556 (3)
  • AEEC 526 (3)


  • AEEC 545 (3) (must be added as an additional 6th course if not taken as AGE 445V as an undergraduate)

NOTE: MBA Students can take the required minimum of 4 thesis hours (up to maximum of 6 count toward graduation) to substitute for BA 590. (BA 590 used to be BA 502)