Preparing Agribusiness Leaders for More Than 122 Years

The Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University provides you an educational experience to boost your skills, knowledge, and careers with an online Master of Science degree in Agribusiness. We synergize creativity, innovation, and analysis to support the real-world decision-making skills required to succeed in the rapidly changing fields of Agribusiness. Since Southeast has been preparing agribusiness leaders for more than 122 years, you can feel confident in our history, our reputation, and our accreditation.

What to Expect

As an agribusiness student, you’ll learn the tools to become a transformative leader in agriculture. More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from faculty who own farms or agribusiness operations – they practice what they teach
  • Obtain grants and perform research seeking to improve agribusiness using regenerative and sustainable practices
  • Apply for departmental scholarships and externships
  • Study marketing, international affairs, liability & risk, communications, and other emerging topics in agribusiness

Online: Agribusiness M.S.

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Agribusiness Curriculum

Degree Map

The degree program is designed to be completed in two years. Students should contact an academic advisor each semester and use Degree Works to monitor their progress. Students may begin the degree during any semester.

In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must also meet the following:

  • an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is
    recommended (GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale is
  • a grade of C or better in a college statistics
    course is recommended;
  • background in an agriculture-related field
    (through experience or coursework) is

Required Courses:

  • AG515 Agribusiness Communication (3)
  • AG525 Agribusiness Seminar (3)
  • AG550 Agribusiness Analysis (3)
  • AG580 Research Methods in Agriculture (3)
  • AG608 Liability and Agribusiness Risk (3)
  • AG633 Agribusiness Policy (3)
  • AG647 Advanced Agribusiness Marketing (3)
  • MA580 Experimental Design and Analysis of Variance (3)
Choose 3 hours:
  • AG601 Current and Emerging Topics in Agribusiness (3)
  • AG610 International Agriculture (3)
Choose 3 hours:
  • AG600 Thesis (3)
  • AG603 Externship Related Project (3)
Choose one with the advice of the program coordinator:
  • GR698 Master's Final Comprehensive Examination (0)
  • GR699 Master's Oral Examination (0)

Agribusiness by the Numbers

  • 90%

    Job Placement

    Projected job placement rate based on similar undergraduate degree programs

  • 2

    Two options: Thesis or Externship

    Students can choose to graduate with a thesis or externship option.

  • 2


    You can finish the program in as little as two years.

College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

This program is housed within the College of STEM. The College prepares students to find creative solutions to problems. Curiosity and analysis merge, creating students ready to figure things out and then use that knowledge to make things better.

Professor in the Department of Agriculture

"It is difficult to be positive and hopeful about the future of human civilization without being positive and confident about the future of agribusiness. As a result of the fundamental relationship between food, shelter and clothing with Agribusiness, the solutions to many of the problems created by human civilization can be found using Agribusiness."

Dr. Sven Svenson

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Getting The Job

Your education is just one piece to advancing your career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to sell your knowledge and experience. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need to polish your resume and practice for the next interview.

What Can You Do with an M.S. in Agriculture?

One of the unique contradictions of agribusiness is how traditions create progress.  In research, a control is used for comparison to show that something is different, that something better has been discovered.  In agribusiness, traditions, i.e., the way we always do it, functions as that control.  And each day’s discoveries provide incremental adjustments to the traditions thereby advancing or changing those control-traditions and forcing progress forward.  Be a leader in creating progress with our MS in Agribusiness.


(573) 651-5184
Office Location
Kent Library 305
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 4610
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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