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Equine Business Management Schools and Programs: How to Choose

Students interested in equine business management can find programs at specialized equine schools, community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities. Opportunities are available at the certificate, associate and bachelor's levels.

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According to the American Horse Council, horses are a multi-billion dollar industry with major specialties in racing, showing and recreation (www.horsecouncil.org). Students interested in working on the business side of this industry may consider programs in equine business management, equine studies, or equine science with a focus on management.

Schools with Equine Business Management Programs

Each of these schools offers one or more program in equine business management. Tuition and fees are based on undergraduate degree programs for the 2015-2016 academic year:

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition and Fees*
The University of Findlay Findlay, OH 4-year, Private Bachelor's $31,508
Laramie County Community College Cheyenne, WY 2-year, Public Associate's $3,144 in-state, $7,128 out-of-state
Cazenovia College Cazenovia, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's $31,754
Northwest College Powell, WY 2-year, Public Associate's $2,789 in-state, $6,773 out-of-state
Centenary University Hackettstown, NJ 4-year, Private Bachelor's $31,754
University of Louisville Louisville, KY 4-year, Public Certificate, Bachelor's $10,744 in-state, $25,050 out-of-state
Ohio University - Southern Campus Ironton, OH 4-year, Public Associate's $4,872 in-state, $6,718 out-of-state
North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,680 in-district, $2,832 in-state, $4,800 out-of-state

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Potential students will want to consider the following when choosing an equine business management school:

  • Both on-campus facilities and internship opportunities can provide industry experience, and students should check for schools with horse training centers, pastures, paddocks and/or connections to local companies and horse businesses.
  • A review of business courses included in the curriculum can be important, so students should be certain essential topics such as accounting, economics, marketing and management are available and relevant to their career interests.
  • Students who would like to specialize in a specific area may seek schools that offer training for certification as an equine veterinary assistant, riding instructor or breeder and/or allow students to customize their curriculum with the help of an advisor.

Certificate Programs in Equine Business Management or Equine Studies

Students looking to supplement industry experience or a degree outside equine management can consider certificate programs. Some certificate programs require potential students to already have a bachelor's degree. These programs can be completed in 1-2 semesters and combine courses from the business and equine departments. Internships are sometimes required. Some certificate programs can be completed entirely online.

Associate Degree Programs in Equine Science or Equine Studies

Students can earn 2-year Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in equine science or equine studies. In addition to the equine-related curriculum, associate degree programs include general education requirements in math, English or communications. An internship may also be required. Coursework covers basic principles in different areas of the equine industry.

Bachelor's Degree Programs in Equine Business Management

Typically offered as Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees, bachelor's programs in equine management offer sequences in the major areas of the equine industry and allow students to pursue their interests through equine-based electives. Equine management may also be offered as a concentration in other bachelor's degree programs, including Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programs. Some programs have a seminar or capstone requirement for graduation, while others require an internship.

In summary, certificate, associate's degree, and bachelor's degree programs in equine business management all exist, and all include horsemanship as well as principles and practices of business management. Specialization or customization is often possible to some extent in degree-granting programs, so students can match their studies to their specific career goals.

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