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Northwest Missouri State University MBA in Agricultural Economics
Northwest Missouri State University

MBA in Agricultural Economics

Maryville, USA

1 Years


Full time, Part time

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USD 27,186 / per credit *


* $505.72 per credit hour. Additional fees apply


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A master’s degree in Business Administration involves the study of management – that is, the process of organizing and directing resources, which includes people, finances, materials, and information.

Managers must not only understand these functions and their interrelationships but also how a rapidly changing marketplace affects them. As described by the Graduate Management Admissions Council, “the modern manager is a part forecaster, part problem-solver, part supervisor, and part personal example to others.” Northwest’s MBA program will help you prepare for the challenges you will face in the new millennium.

Northwest’s MBA program gives you an opportunity to be a business leader by developing skills in ethical decision making, financial planning, quantitative analysis, policy formulation and interpersonal relationships, as well as an understanding of the emerging global economy. The program focuses on developing business foundations and then applying this background to business problems in functional areas. You will discover how management skills are applied to achieving business and organizational goals. By learning how to recognize and solve operational problems, the MBA graduate obtains the maximum flexibility vital in today’s dynamic society and multinational environment.

Northwest’s MBA program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, offers a comprehensive and innovative curriculum that is continuously reviewed to ensure that our mission reflects the changing responsibilities of business leaders, especially within the global context the nation increasingly faces. Preparing future business leaders requires novel and imaginative responses along with a commitment to continuous quality improvement. Leading quality experts selected Northwest as a recipient of the Missouri Quality Award in 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2008, an award modeled after the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, so you can be assured that Northwest is committed to delivering quality.

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Northwest’s graduate courses build upon traditional theory by combining contemporary insights with classical content-based learning. For example, recent students have visited companies for hands-on learning about internal operations, engaged in question and answer sessions with senior level managers, developed extensive portfolios of current business topics, performed in-depth analyses of individual companies/industries and participated in focus group research for non-profit organizations.

For those with an undergraduate business degree, the MBA can be completed in as short a time as 12 months. For non-business undergraduate degrees, the program takes approximately two years as a full-time student.

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MBA Agricultural Economics Emphasis

The student who desires a career in the business aspect of agriculture may choose to pursue the MBA with an emphasis in Agricultural Economics, which is offered in conjunction with the School of Agricultural Sciences. This program is a logical extension for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in agricultural business.

The MBA – Agricultural Economics Emphasis candidate will have two advisors – one from the MBA faculty, and one from the School of Agricultural Sciences.


For the emphasis in agricultural economics, the following course prerequisites must be met in addition to the MBA prerequisite courses:

ECON 52151 Principles of Microeconomics
AGRI 03110 Introduction to Agricultural Economics
AGRI 03130 Plant Science
AGRI 03150 Animal Science
AGRI 03304 Farm Management and Records Analysis
AGRI 03334 Soils

Graduate Course Requirements

MBA Agricultural Economics emphasis candidates must complete the following courses: (See the course descriptions for the appropriate prerequisite courses.)

ACCT 51646 Managerial Accounting3
ECON 52651 Macroeconomics for Business Managers3
ECON 52654 Managerial Economics3
FIN 53621 Financial Management3
MGMT 54616 Organizational Behavior in Administration3
MGMT 54618 Executive Seminar*3
MKTG 55630 Strategic Marketing3
CSIS 44623 Information Technology Management3
Total Credit Hours33


Electives: Any student who did not complete an international business course at the undergraduate level is required to complete MKTG 55631 International Business as an elective course.

Electives must be approved by the student’s advisor in advance. No more than three (3) hours of 500-level courses may count as electives

Most IT Management courses may be taken as electives if prerequisites are met, with advisor approval. The following non-business courses may be taken as electives with advisor approval.

AGRI 03502 Agricultural Prices3
AGRI 03503 Agricultural Law3
AGRI 03504 Futures Trading3
AGRI 03505 Agricultural Resource Economics3
AGRI 03508 Agriculture Policy3
AGRI 03602 Advanced Agricultural Economics3
AGRI 03604 Advanced Farm Management3
AGRI 03691 Methods of Research in the Life Sciences3
AGRI 03609 Special Topics in Agricultural Economics1-3

*Executive Seminar must be taken during your last term of enrollment.

Under ACBSP accreditation standards, graduate students pursuing MBA degrees must complete at least 30 hours in courses reserved exclusively for graduate students (that is, 600-level courses).

NOTE: Ag Finance and Ag Marketing do not meet the prerequisite requirements for the MBA program.

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MBA Admission Requirements

Applicants to Northwest Missouri States University’s MBA program with a bachelor’s degree in business from a regionally accredited university with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and one of the following:

  • Three years of continuous professional full-time work experience, OR
  • Three years of continuous full-time United States enlisted or commissioned military service, OR
  • Graduate degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, OR
  • A GMAT score of 440 or above, OR
  • An admission index of 1100 (undergraduate GPA x 200 + GMAT), OR
  • A GRE score of 285 or above, OR
  • An admission index of 965 (undergraduate GPA x 200 + GRE), OR
  • A 70th percentile on the Business Major Field Test score or above

International applicants must meet one of the following English proficiency requirements*:

  • TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 79/80 (Internet-based). OR
  • IELTS score of 6.5 OR
  • PTE score of 53

*The English proficiency requirement may be waived for international applicants with bachelor's degree from any United States regionally accredited institutions.

Applicants to the MBA program who do not have a bachelor’s degree in business are required to successfully complete the MBA Business Foundation course which is designed specifically for students who are new to business curriculum.

Transfer Credits

Only students who are in good standing as graduate students at a regionally-accredited institution are eligible to apply as graduate transfer students.

No more than nine trimester hours of graduate credit consisting of no more than four courses may be transferred to a graduate program. Transfer credit must be from a regionally-accredited institution. The acceptance of the full nine hours is conditional on the applicability to the student’s planned degree program. The student must be working on a specific master’s degree at Northwest and have completed the Degree Audit Agreement in order to receive consideration for eligible transfer credit. The student’s advisor must request, in writing, consideration of potential transfer credit from the Dean of the Graduate School. Transfer credit is not processed for non-degree or certification graduate students. Transfer credit applied toward a degree may not be older than eight years.

Only work evaluated “B” or above is acceptable for transfer credit and applicable to a specific master’s degree program. Coursework taken for ungraded credit cannot be used toward a degree. Official transcripts must show that the credit is at the graduate level. No transfer credit will be accepted for courses taken by correspondence.

Credit completed at any institution as part of an advanced degree from that institution is not acceptable for transfer toward a graduate degree at Northwest.

Northwest has the option of not accepting transfer credit from a regionally- or nationally- accredited institution for courses offered by that institution in a state outside of the state where the institution has its home campus.

International Student Admission

Before deciding to attend Northwest, the international student should examine his or her financial situation very carefully. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service require Northwest to certify that international students have been fully accepted in a graduate master’s program for full-time enrollment (degree-seeking) and have sufficient funds to meet all expenses: tuition, housing, transportation, etc. Northwest requires a Statement of Support from the student’s family, sponsor or government. The statement certifies that tuition, room and board, and personal funds are available and that the student is permitted to export and exchange those funds. Without this certification, no I-20 form can be issued.

International students must also carry adequate medical insurance. Northwest offers an insurance plan if students do not have their own insurance, or there are other insurance agents in Maryville.

New International Students

International students must meet all admission requirements as described in “Admission Requirements” and must have a baccalaureate degree from an approved four-year university or college. In addition, to be fully admitted to Northwest, students must submit the following items to the Northwest Office of Admissions.

  • International Application, including supplemental and financial information which requires sponsor signature and notary seal.
  • Official academic transcripts from each secondary and post-secondary institution attended. Partial transcripts will be accepted if the student is currently enrolled in a college or university.
  • Official GMAT or GRE general test scores.
  • Application fee in U.S. dollars.
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) score.
  • Original financial statement from a banking institution to certify that tuition, room and board and personal funds are available.
  • Copy of passport or birth certificate.

Upon receipt of these items, international students will be notified of acceptance or denial. Accepted students will receive a completed I-20 form, which they must then present to a U.S. Consulate when applying for their student (F-I) visas. Student visas should be obtained before entering the United States, as converting from a tourist visa to a student visa is by no means assured.

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