College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences


Program Overview

The Agribusiness and Applied Economics concentration will combine training in agribusiness and/or applied economics. Training may include sustainable agricultural food systems, environmental economics, and international trade with emphasis on course work in economic theory, research methods, and quantitative techniques. Students are prepared for a variety of successful careers in agribusiness, agricultural and applied economics research within public and private institutions by fulfilling the requirements for expertise in quantitative methods and developing a rigorous background in economic theory and research.

Program Outcomes

The program will prepare graduates to:
  • Apply their critical thinking skills to solve complex issues impacting agriculture.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills through project and dissertation work and conference presentations.
  • Conduct research or undertake advanced projects in an area of agribusiness and applied economics.
  • Be active and effective leaders in their professional societies and will demonstrate and model disciplinary expertise.

Scholarly Engagement

Students and faculty have published in the following professional journals in the field of agricultural economics, applied economics, and agribusiness:
  • Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
  • International Food and Agribusiness Management Review.
  • Journal of Food Distribution Research
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics Review
  • Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development.
In addition, faculty serve as editors and reviewers for these academic journals.
Students and faculty are active members of professional organizations and present at various local, national and international academic conferences, including:
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).
  • Southern Agricultural Economics Associations (SAEA).
  • International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA).
  • Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS).
  • The Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS).
  • International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE).

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the program find employment in a variety of industries, organizations and institutions including:
  • Global and domestic agri-food companies.
  • Federal, state, and local governmental and nongovernmental agencies.
  • Higher education institutions.
  • Cooperative extension.
  • Professional and voluntary associations.

For more information

Dr. Godfrey Ejimakor, Program Coordinator