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Agricultural Business and Management


Agricultural business and management programs teach people to run businesses that make animal and plant products.

Agricultural business and management programs include topics such as:


In agricultural business and management programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in agricultural business and management. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in agricultural business and management. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in agricultural business and management. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, good test scores, and experience working on a farm or ranch.

Additional requirements at some schools may include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in some of the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate study in agricultural business and management typically includes:

Things to Know

Many people with this degree work in the financial sector. You can work in banks that specialize in lending to farms and related businesses. You can work for government agencies such as the US Department of Agriculture or the Food and Drug Administration.

Many programs require you to go on field trips to places such as grain elevators, grocery warehouses, and animal processing plants.

For information about farm occupations, opportunities, and 4-H activities, contact your local county extension service office.


East Side Area

Big Bend Community College

Central Washington University

Walla Walla Community College

Washington State University - Pullman

Wenatchee Valley College

Spokane Area

Spokane Community College

Statewide and Distance Learning

Washington State University - Global Campus

Tacoma Area

University of Washington - Tacoma

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College

West Side Area

Evergreen State College, The

Yakima Area

Yakima Valley College