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Cultivate Your Career with an Online Agribusiness Degree
As the world's population continues to grow, successful production of food and other agricultural products will remain a global issue for many years to come. The Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management can prepare you for a successful business career in industries related to the food system. This degree can help you develop vital decision-making skills, understanding of the agricultural-food system dynamics, and leadership/management qualities to enhance your contributions to agribusiness enterprises or even your own entrepreneurial ventures.
Why an Agribusiness Management Degree Online at Penn State?
Penn State's online Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management provides an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates studies in agriculture and business management with courses in finance, supply chain, marketing, and consumer behavior. You can apply the skills you learn directly to the challenges that agribusinesses face today.
Within the agribusiness management degree, you will also select 12 credits in a specialty area that you will choose in consultation with your Penn State World Campus adviser. Students often use these courses to pursue their interest in other agriculture-related areas, business and leadership areas, or something completely different. Or you can choose to use these 12 credits toward earning one of the online minors available to complement your interests and strengthen your career aspirations by differentiating your course work.
Who Should Apply?
This could be an excellent program for you if you already work or aspire to work in the world food system in areas such as food agriculture, forestry, fishing, food manufacturing, grocery and farm wholesale, lawn, garden, grocery stores, or transportation and storage.
After successfully completing the Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management program, you should be able to implement these skills in the workplace:
- Application of Technology: Apply contemporary information technology tools, including business software applicable to the field of agribusiness.
- Data Analysis and Problem-Solving: Recognize, analyze, and solve issues within agribusiness, using quantitative and qualitative measures.
- Management Theory/Practice: Employ agribusiness concepts and principles to contemporary organizational practices.
- Industry Communication: Describe key concepts in agricultural and business management and explain how business management concepts can be applied to manage interactions with other parts of the food system and achieve a competitive advantage in the agricultural business world.
Online Education at Penn State
Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.
Penn State's online Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management is designed to provide you with an understanding of how to apply business principles to real-world issues and opportunities in the agricultural and life sciences industries. This interdisciplinary approach allows you to focus on business basics, such as marketing and finance, with specialties related to the multimillion-dollar food and fiber industry. The program offers a variety of course options, so you can customize the degree to meet your specific career goals.
The number of credits you will have to take will vary according to the courses you transfer into the business degree program. All students are expected to complete at least 36 credits at Penn State to earn this degree. Once you are admitted into the degree program, an academic adviser will help you determine the remaining requirements.
This course list includes only courses offered through World Campus. An official degree audit or the recommended academic plan for this program may include additional course options and detailed requirements.
Prescribed Courses (37 credits)
Additional Courses (select 30 credits)
Select a 400-level AGBM or business-related elective in consultation with an adviser, in addition to the courses below:
Specialization Courses (select 12 credits)
Select 12 credits in specialty area, in consultation with an adviser. At least 6 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level.
General Education Requirements
Some General Education requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.
- Arts (GA): 6 credits
- Humanities (GH): 6 credits
- Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
- Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
- Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits
A student must receive a grade of C or better in GWS courses.
- Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
A student must receive a grade of C or better in GQ courses.
- Integrative Studies: 6 credits
This requirement only applies to students starting in summer 2018 or later. Learn more about the Integrative Studies options and consult your academic adviser when choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. Integrative Studies credits may be completed within the thirty Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.
If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.
Costs and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register and the number of total credits you have accrued at or transferred to Penn State. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||If you have 59 or fewer credits||If you have 60 or more credits|
|11 or fewer||$620 per credit||$664 per credit|
|12 or more||$7,527 per semester||$8,125 per semester|
Financial Aid and Military Benefits
Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.
How to Apply
Deadlines and Important Dates
Your degree application, including receipt of all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete.
- Fall Deadline: Apply by June 30 to start August 21
- Spring Deadline: Apply by October 31 to start January 8
- Summer Deadline: Apply by March 15, 2024, to start May 13, 2024
New students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA by March 1. Please visit the Office of Student Aid website for more information about applying for financial aid and recommended deadlines.
Thank you for your interest in applying to this program. Contact an admissions counselor to discuss your educational goals, financial aid options, and application deadlines.
The agribusiness management bachelor's program is designed for you if you have:
- an interest in agriculture-related fields, economics, finance, and/or marketing
- an employment background in an agriculture- or business-focused career, such as farming, production, or facility operator, and if you want to complete a degree to advance in your current position or seek out a new career opportunity
- an associate degree in a related field or have completed the first two years of a bachelor's degree (not required)
What You Need
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need the following items to complete your application:
High school transcripts or GED transcript — First-year applicants are required to submit Self-Reported Academic Records (SRAR). Official high school transcripts will only be required at the time a student accepts an offer of admission to Penn State.
Official college or university transcripts, if you attended another institution, and/or official military transcripts (if applicable) — All college or university transcripts are required regardless of the length of time that has passed, the grades earned, or the accreditation of the institutions attended. Acceptance of transfer credit toward your degree is subject to final approval by the academic department. For detailed information, see the Transfer Students page.
Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Please send your transcripts by mail or electronically through Parchment, eScrip-Safe, or the National Student Clearinghouse directly to Penn State from the college/university where course work was attempted.
Submit official documents by mail to:
Undergraduate Admissions Office
The Pennsylvania State University
201 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Language Proficiency section on the Undergraduate Admissions International Requirements page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.
Start Your Application
Former Penn State students may not need to complete the admissions application. Please visit our Returning Students page for instructions.
If this is your first time applying to Penn State, you'll need to complete the following steps:
- Review the application instructions before beginning.
- Complete the online application and submit all official documents.
- Pay the application fee.
Checking Your Status
You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form and choosing "MyPennState — Check Application Status." Your decision letter (confirming your acceptance or denial) will be mailed four to six weeks after receipt of all application materials. An admissions counselor will contact you if additional information is required.
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Start or Advance Your Career
Start or Advance Your Career
The online agribusiness management degree program and Penn State career resources can prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in a number of fields, including food production, wholesaling and retailing industries, financial services, agricultural supply logistics, procurement, and input supply. You can also pursue advanced study in business administration, finance, or marketing.
To learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management, offered in partnership with the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, please contact:
World Campus Admissions Counselors
Email: [email protected]
C. Daniel Azzara
DegreePh.D., Food Science, Penn State
DegreeM.S., Food Science, Penn State
DegreeB.S., Science Education, Virginia Tech
Dr. C. Daniel Azzara is the Alan R. Warehime Professor of Food and Agribusiness and director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Prior to this role, he spent more than 25 years in industry and retired as an R&D executive. His work focuses on company strategy, with particular emphasis on new product development and corporate social responsibility.
DegreeM.S., Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky
DegreeB.S., Agricultural Economics, University of Florida
Rachael Brown is a part-time instructor for the B.S. in Agribusiness Management. She has worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and she currently works for the United States Coast Guard. She has specialty experience in regulatory, production, and environmental economics as they relate to agricultural economics.
DegreePh.D., Agricultural, Environmental, and Regional Economics, Penn State
DegreeB.A., Economics, Lebanon Valley College
Dr. Kyle Hoy studies the effects of shale gas development and resource taxation.
DegreePh.D., Agricultural Economics, Penn State
DegreeM.S., Agricultural Economics and Operations Research, Penn State
DegreeB.A., Economics, Dickinson College
Dr. Jonathan Tuthill is a senior instructor as well as the lead faculty member for the B.S. in Agribusiness Management program. He is interested in agricultural risk management issues and all types of quantitative analysis as it applies to agribusiness management.