Agribusiness Management (M.S.)

As the global population grows and demand for food, fiber, fuel, and forest products increases, understanding the intricacies of these supply chains is crucial. Our curriculum covers the essential elements of agribusiness to equip future leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to address key challenges in the agribusiness sector. 


As a leader in both agriculture and business education, Delaware Valley University is uniquely qualified to offer graduate studies in agribusiness management. Our 10-course, 30-credit curriculum will fully prepare you for senior management positions in the food and agriculture industries. You will learn from leading professionals, who bring their experience into the classroom, providing relevant examples and case studies.

Program Highlights

  • 100% online course format

  • Rolling admissions with entry points in Spring and Fall

  • No GMAT or GRE for admission

  • Full and part-time study options

AGRIBUSINESS AT-A-GLANCE

Core Curriculum

  • Managerial Economics
  • Applied Decision Analysis in Agricultural Markets
  • Legal Issues in Agriculture and Food
  • Agriculture and Food Policies
  • Agribusiness Supply Chain Management
  • Independent Research
  • Electives (4 courses)

    Required Prerequisites

    • Agricultural Economics or Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Statistics
    • Accounting

    10 Courses

    30 Total Credits

    Core Course Descriptions

    The objective of this course is to help managers of a firm develop effective solutions to obstacles posed by the economic and market environment based on both macro and microeconomic theory and concepts. It helps in formulating logical managerial decisions. The key of Managerial Economics is the micro-economic theory of the firm operating in a macroeconomic environment and will lessen the gap between economics in theory and economics in practice. This course will guide managers in making decisions relating to the firm’s customers, competitors, suppliers as well as relating to the internal functioning of a firm. It makes use of statistical and analytical tools to assess economic theories in solving practical business problems.

    Effective management of the supply and logistics chain is one of the most crucial aspects of agribusiness management. This course will examine the importance of a well-functioning supply chain and its implications for product integrity and quality and profitability. Topics will include strategic design, risk identification and mitigation, and emerging issues in modern agribusiness supply chain management.

    This course will provide a workable overview of the key legal and regulatory issues faced by managers in the food and agriculture industry. These include environmental issues covering land use and water, food safety, food labeling, animal welfare, implementation of the Farm Bill, crop protection, biotechnology and trade.

    Taught by: Ms. EmmaRose Boyle, Esq. Associate, Food & Industry Group, Barley & Snyder

    Dr. Christopher Gambino, Assistant Professor, Animal Science

    This course will focus on the development and implementation of agriculture policy in the U.S. and the relationship between food and agriculture policy with other public policies. Topics will include the design and structure of the Farm Bill and public policies related to domestic and international food security, nutrition, food safety, sustainability, and the environment. In particular, the course will look at past and present policy tools, levers, and/or mechanisms to align agricultural production and environmental outcomes. To navigate these landscapes, students will explore processes to create a food and agricultural system in which environmental stewardship and farmer profitability are complementary goals and not competing priorities. 

    This course will provide managers with the analytical tools required to support real-life decision analysis. This will include a review of quantitative techniques in decision analysis. Topics will include set theory, distributions, application of matrix algebra to input-output analysis, elementary Markovian process, decision theory, risk and uncertainty, valuation criteria, decision trees, and game theory.

    Elective Course Descriptions

    This course will cover the theoretical concepts underlying international trade in food and agricultural products as well as recent trends in agricultural trade. The course will cover topics such as exchange rates, trade agreements including USMCA, regional Integration, domestic trade policies, operations of international and regional institutions such as the WTO, IMF, World Bank and regional development banks. This will include the use and implications of tariffs and non-tariff barriers such as phyto-sanitary measures and trade disputes involving food and agriculture products as well as the interrelationship of trade policies with other national policy decisions including national security and diplomacy.

    The use of agricultural technology presents opportunities and challenges for agribusiness managers. This course will provide students with the expertise required to identify and employ cutting edge agricultural technology so as to optimize production, maximize profitability, and reduce environmental impact.

    Effective financial management is a key to profitability in agriculture. This course will build on undergraduate courses in finance to enhance skills in the financial management of agricultural enterprises. Topics will include the theory of financial management, capital allocation and the evaluation of capital investment, resource allocation, credit in agriculture, and risk management strategies. Basic financial analysis concepts (balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement) will be reviewed along with the use of essential financial ratios in evaluating economic performance and investment analysis. This course will build on and complement other courses in the program, notably the management of agricultural technology and applied decision analysis.

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    4 + 1 Program

    High performing students within Delaware Valley University are eligible to apply to the M.S. in agribusiness management during their junior year. Commonly known as the 4+1 Program, this track allows students to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees in as little as five years while saving over $5,800 in graduate tuition. Students accepted into this program can take up to four of the required 10 graduate courses during their junior and/or senior years. Graduate courses taken while an undergraduate student are included in full-time undergraduate tuition. Classes count towards both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Contact the program director for details.

    Contact
    Richard Maher, MBA, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions