Agribusiness Management provides a breadth of knowledge that prepares students for entry-level management positions or starting their own enterprise in a variety of rural, land-based, agricultural and/or food-related businesses.
Students can expect to find employment in: agribusiness (including nursery and landscaping) firms or farms; financial institutions; or state and federal government agencies dealing with land use, food and agriculture. Employment in these areas requires the essential components of this major: a broad educational background combined with knowledge of managing natural resource-based businesses.
By selecting appropriate coursework in consultation with their adviser, students can create their own area of expertise or follow course tracks for entrepreneurship, equine management, food science and technology, horticulture or livestock, as well pursuing coursework to prepare for graduate school.
Core courses for this major include, but are not limited to, agribusiness accounting, agricultural and agribusiness economics, agribusiness management, applied demand analysis, rural economic development, marketing agricultural products, agribusiness finance, natural resources law and environmental regulations.
In consultation with their academic adviser, students select 30 hours of electives to complement an intended career path. Four of the courses must be from the Davis College.
There is high demand for graduates with degrees in Agribusiness Management. Graduates may find employment with agricultural cooperatives, agricultural supply firms, banks, family
farms and other entrepreneurial ventures.
Sample Course Schedules
Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.
Freshman YearBIOL 103 General Biology Laboratory A&VS 251 Principles of Animal Science BIOL 101 General Biology ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric ARE 150 Introductory Agricultural and Agribusiness Economics
Senior YearARE 360 Current Issues In Agriculture A&VS 411 Dairy Heifer Management ARE 491 Professional Field Experience ARE 401 Applied Demand Analysis ARE 421 Rural Enterprise Development
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- About 27% of Agribusiness Management graduates go on to graduate school or law school.
- Shaleena Worley, a 2017 Agribusiness Management graduate, is the Executive Equine Specialist for Puritan Premium LLC.
- Stuart Baldwin, a 2015 Agribusiness Management graduate, works in business development at Northrop Grumman in Annapolis, Md.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.