Top Universities with Agribusiness Degree Programs: List of Schools

Learn about the top universities offering agribusiness degree programs. See school rankings, degree options and school locations, and compare similarities or differences to help you make an informed decision.

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Agribusiness programs are highly interdisciplinary, combining coursework in economics, food policy, and environmental studies. Programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Here you can learn more about agribusiness programs available at top-ranked schools that are located on opposites sides of the country. These schools offer undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in the field, and some provide multiple specializations or concentrations, such as management or economics. Each of the three schools profiled here was ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report.

Cornell University

Cornell University in Ithaca, New York

School Highlight: Grad students' thesis and dissertation projects received numerous awards from agricultural organizations.

Cornell University is an Ivy League school that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in agribusiness. The school was ranked 15th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. The Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Management has ten areas of specialization, one of them being agribusiness management. The B.S. program focuses mainly on applying economic strategies to the agricultural industry. Core studies include economics, managerial decision-making, and agricultural food policies. The agribusiness management courses include agricultural finance, food marketing, and food industry strategy.

The Master in Professional Studies in Agriculture program highlights applied problem solving and economics. Those who are already working in the field of agriculture often select the M.P.S. program. The graduate school houses the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in AEM programs, which emphasize research and can prepare students for roles in areas like education and public policy. The M.S. and Ph.D. programs have a specialization in agricultural economics, which includes concentrations in agricultural finance, farm management and production economics, food distribution and marketing, public policy, economics of development, and applied economics.

California Polytechnic State University

California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California

School Highlight: School hosts Agribusiness Showcase for students and agribusiness firms to network.

In 2017, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) was named the ninth best university in the West by U.S. News & World Report and the number one public school in the region. Cal Poly is located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and about ten miles from the Pacific shore. Cal Poly's B.S. in Agribusiness Management highlights the skills necessary for a career in food system management. Classes include food and fiber marketing, information technology for agribusiness, and agricultural policy.

An M.S. in Agribusiness focuses on agricultural economics and has concentrations in food science and nutrition, crop science, irrigation, parks and tourism administration, agricultural engineering technology, environmental horticulture, plant protection, animal science, and dairy production. Cal Poly also offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with a concentration in agribusiness. The MBA program trains students for careers in farm and ranch management, food production, and commodities.

Berea College

Berea College in Berea, KY

School Highlight: Has a teaching farm with several varieties of livestock and crops.

Berea College offers a bachelor's degree in agriculture and natural resources. In addition, taking coursework in such diverse subjects as economics, ecology, and biology, students can get real-world experience through work on the school's educational farm. Graduates are prepared to continue their education or to find work in fields related to agribusiness, such as livestock production and natural resources management. For 2016, Berea College was ranked the #3 most innovative school among all liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S News & World Report.

Top Agribusiness Schools

These colleges and universities also offer great agribusiness programs.

College/University Name Distinction Location
Iowa State University Department of Economics was ranked #55 for its graduate program by U.S .New & World Report in 2013 Ames, IA
Ohio State University Faculty include award-winning instructors, published authors and experience in international agriculture Columbus, OH
Purdue University Offers an online dual-master's program in food and agribusiness management designed for working professionals West Lafayette, IN
Southern Illinois University Faculty includes specialists in the field involved in internationally recognized research Carbondale, IL
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill School's agriculture complex includes a farm, greenhouses, arboretum, fish hatchery, dairy, meat lab and an engineering technology facility Cobleskill, NY
University of Arkansas Each 'ag' major has associated student club, many that engage in inter-collegiate competitions Fayetteville, AR
University of Georgia Offers dozens of majors and minors for undergrads and 35 agriculture and environmental science graduate programs Athens, GA

There are interdisciplinary agribusiness programs available for both undergraduates and top-ranked universities, as well as a few liberal arts colleges.

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