Program Structure

The program curriculum is based on a total of 31 credit hours, with at least 16 hours from the Department of Agricultural Economics, including a required internship, and 15 hours from the College of Business. Full time employment in any field can be substituted for internship experience. MABM students must also successfully complete a comprehensive oral examination.

All courses are offered on the semester system: spring, fall and summer. The Agricultural Economics courses are only offered at specified times in the year, however the MBA courses are offered each of the three semesters in the year, offering students the flexibility to arrange their schedules to fit their specific needs. The layout of the program is listed below.

Students must discuss course availability with the Director of the program prior to each registration period.

Required Courses:
AEC 6530 Agribusiness Management Internship
FIN 8113 Corporate Finance
MKT 8153 Strategic Marketing Management
ACC 8213 Financial Statement and Management Accounting Report Analysis for Decision Making
AEC 6223 Applied Quantitative Analysis in Agricultural Economics*
AEC 6113 Agribusiness Firm Management*
6 hours approved Agricultural Economics courses
6 hours approved Elective courses

*If a student has taken an approved course equivalent prior to acceptance into the program, then another course may be substituted in its place


Foundational Requirements

There are foundational requirements for this program. Students do not need to have every foundational requirement completed before admissions, but they must have them completed before taking core program courses. Please speak with Matt Janzen, MABM Distance Director to see which prerequisites you would need to complete. He can be reached at mgj50@msstate.edu.

Additionally, some of these courses may be completed through “MBA Math”. MBA Math allows students to complete a course at a much lower cost and with much less time than a traditional course. Other courses that cannot be completed through this platform, can be completed through a CLEP exam or an online course, based on advisor approval.

These foundational requirements are:

  • ACC 2013 Financial Accounting
  • FIN 3123 Financial Management
  • EC 3123 Intermediate Microeconomics or equivalent
  • BQA I & II Statistics 1 and 2
  • Information Systems (or equivalent)

Example Program of Study

*Please be advised course offerings are subject to change and program of study updates can be made with the approval of an advisor. Please use the below Program of Study as an example.

Course Number Course Title Hours
MGT 8113 Leadership Skills for Managerial Behavior 3
ACC 8213 Financial Statement and Management Accounting Report Analysis for Decision Making 3
MKT 8153 Strategic Marketing Management 3
MKT 8213 Operations/Supply Chain Management 3
FIN 8113 Corporate Finance 3
AEC 6363 Economics of Precision Agriculture 3
AEC 6223 Applied Quantitative Analysis in Agricultural Economics 3
AEC 6113 Agribusiness Firm Management 3
AEC 6623 Global Marketing of Agricultural Products 3
AEC 6530 Agribusiness Management Internship 4
Total Hours: 31