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Our Typical Student

Discover where our graduates come from and where they land. Explore the many options available in the growing agribusiness industry.

Furthering Your Career

The MS-MBA’s practical education philosophy causes almost immediate positive change in students, and graduates continue to cite their degrees as the reason for salary increases and promotions. Employers notice how this difference adds value to their companies, and reward students with promotions.

Want proof? 94 percent of the center's graduates who work for John Deere have been promoted.

Students in our MS-MBA program are food and agricultural business firm managers or managers-to-be who want to earn a graduate degree as they continue working. They are on average, 29–35 years old and have a minimum of three years' work experience in positions of increasing professional responsibility. Three core groups are represented in the program:

Agribusiness Managers

These individuals have management responsibilities in firms that provide inputs to production agriculture. This includes companies providing agronomic, animal nutrition, capital, and service inputs to the production agriculture sector, among others.

Food Firm Managers

These individuals have management responsibilities with food manufacturing and distribution firms. This includes individuals working at processing organizations, branded food manufacturers, and food retailers and distributors, to name a few.

Commercial Farmers, Growers, Ranchers

These individuals work for growing farms, ranches, or other agricultural production organizations who recognize the need to develop their business management expertise to be viable in a rapidly changing agricultural market.

Companies Represented in the MS-MBA

MS-MBA students come from many different industries, countries and backgrounds. One of the strengths of this program is the breadth and depth of industry knowledge that is contributed by the students. When you take into consideration the average years of experience for the group (10-12) you can see why students gain not only from the professors, but also from each other.

MS-MBA graduates take great pride in this program, and most will be willing to share their experiences with you. If you have an interest in speaking with a graduate or current student, contact the program manager to arrange it.

The MS-MBA alumni represent more than 250 companies. Below is just the beginning of the list of companies that have sponsored MS-MBA students.

 

  I challenge anyone to find a program that offers the same level of preeminence across all levels as the MS-MBA program. There is not another program available that provides all of the necessary tools to succeed in the ever-changing business environment. As a direct result of the program, I was able to pursue a new career opportunity with the confidence that I was the most qualified and  ... READ MORE  

Sara Kinsell

US Product Manager, Cereal Herbicides - Dow Agrosciences
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013

  I challenge anyone to find a program that offers the same level of preeminence across all levels as the MS-MBA program. There is not another program available that provides all of the necessary tools to succeed in the ever-changing business environment.

As a direct result of the program, I was able to pursue a new career opportunity with the confidence that I was the most qualified and knowledgeable candidate in a very talent-saturated pool. The program provided an instantaneous return on investment — you can directly apply your coursework to real-world situations.

Although the constant demands of today’s work environment make it difficult to continue your studies, the MS-MBA provides the flexibility to pursue advanced coursework without the tether to an on-campus program. The cohort structure sets this program apart, providing the opportunity to interact with today’s leaders and gain insight into the most pressing issues in food and agribusiness. The program provides the perfect balance of focus on the agriculture industry and insight into a broad spectrum of business principles, leaving students with an incomparable level of business acumen.  

Sara Kinsell

US Product Manager, Cereal Herbicides - Dow Agrosciences
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013