University of Minnesota Crookston Agricultural Business graduates are in high demand. Be challenged in the world of agricultural sales and marketing, management, finance, and information management both globally and locally.
This program is also offered as...
- Flexible program to work within Agronomy, Agricultural Systems Management, Animal Science, Equine Science, Finance, Accounting, Management, Marketing or Communication to seek opportunities as double-majors and several minors.
- Participate in the Ag Business Club and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) organization on campus for chances to compete in Agricultural Business related contests featuring multiple choice questionnaires, case study problems, and finance tests.
- The program blends a strong base of agriculture, business, and general education courses while maximizing flexibility that allows students to choose electives to fit their career interests and expectations.
- The program boasts an unique blend of hands-on training along with theory.
- A wide array of challenging, satisfying, and rewarding careers await graduates as demand for trained personnel in agribusiness continues to outstrip the supply of qualified graduates.
- Clusters of employment opportunities include agricultural sales and marketing, agribusiness management, agribusiness finance, agribusiness information management, food marketing management, global agribusiness, and rural economic development.
- Agricultural Business program will also be offered as an online bachelor of science program, in addition to an online minor or online certificate*.
*Agricultural Business Certificate available online only.
Program Requirements & Curriculum
Associated Clubs & Organizations
Associated Clubs & Organizations
High demand for agricultural graduates means big opportunities and job security in the employment market.
Salary Range: $43,000 - $58,000
- Farm and Ranch Management
- Grain Merchandising
- Extension Service
- Adult FBM Instructor
- USDA Local Program Administration
- Ag Lending Services
- Agricultural Products and Services Sales
- Graduate Studies
Logan Milligan of New York Mills, Minn., is dedicated to agriculture. He decided to attend the U of M Crookston after participating in Ag & NatR Activities Day and the FFA contests held on campus when he was a high school student. In 2018 he served as president of Ag Arama, a longstanding campus event where current students have an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills in contests related to agriculture and natural resources. Now the Agricultural Business major sees a possible future career in grain trading. Learn more.
Of the 200-plus graduates this spring at the University of Minnesota Crookston, it is hard to say how many were hired before they graduated. Certainly some of them were because they were working and going to school, but of the newly minted alumni who were looking for their first job as a professional, Kate Howell of Badger, Minn., was one who knew where she was headed. With her degree in Agricultural Business, Howell has sealed her future in agriculture. Learn more.
She describes her dad as highly intellectual with great depth of character and her mother as brilliant, discerning, caring and empathetic. If that description is accurate, then Marta Dean is a unique combination of genetics with the addition of her own unique determination and tenacity. The University of Minnesota Crookston Agricultural Business major is from Dellwood, Minn., and embraces her penchant for leadership. Learn more.
Her major came as a bit of a surprise even to her. When Natalye Kobetsky, Grand Forks, N.D., transferred to the University of Minnesota Crookston, she planned to major in business management. And, she is, but the surprise came after visiting with friends and realizing she wanted to major in agriculture as well. So Kobetsky added a major in Agronomy and a minor in Agricultural Business to her major in business management. Learn more.
For Christina Smith, Staples, Minn., Preparation, Planning take Precedence. Meeting with growers who came to the classroom, finding she loved her grain and livestock marketing class, and an internship with Professional Agronomy Services in Perham, Minn., confirmed Smith was headed in the right direction. Learn more.
Ashley Hoffman, Dustin Smith and Brian Oachs, all seniors double majoring in Agronomy & Agricultural Business were featured in Agweek on September 30, 2013 in "When do they sleep?". Read about their experience at the U of M Crookston and future plans!
Nathan , '10, Agricultural Business and Agricultural Systems Management - Farm & Ranch Management Emphasis. He says, "The Ag industry demands an individual with a well rounded, vast knowledge base in agriculture. My degrees in Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) and Ag Business helped shape me into the individual that companies like Titan Machinery are looking for, which in turn has allowed me to advance to a great start as a Precision Ag Specialist.” Read his story here
Note: Story used with permission - ASABE, November/December 2011 Resource Magazine
University of Minnesota Crookston students can secure internship opportunities with businesses like:
- Black Gold Farms
- Titan Machinery
- UM Extension
- Along with many others!
The UMC Advantage
The UMC Advantage
Small Campus. Big Degree.
Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.
Learning and Doing
At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.
Caring Faculty and Staff
Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.
A Technology-Rich Environment
At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.
Internships, Job Placement and Grad School
More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.
Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.
Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.
One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options
Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.
Leadership, Clubs and Athletics
Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…
In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.
A Diverse, Global Experience
The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.
Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.