The MAB was designed specifically for working professionals. During the development of the Master of Agribusiness program, industry leaders provided key input on the skills and abilities their employees need to be successful. This input was a critical step in laying the groundwork for course development.
To continue this important input, the MAB Industry Advisory Board meets regularly to counsel the department on the ongoing development of the program. The board provides valuable input on focusing the program strategically, and stays abreast of emerging issues that should be addressed in the program. The broad industry representation of the board ensures that the program appeals to a wide range of food and agribusiness professionals.
The MAB program also brings in members of the industry to speak to students during campus sessions, further allowing exposure to current industry topics and events.
During each campus session, students are exposed to two or three industry professionals. Topics of discussion range from ethics to risk management and globalization of the food industry to the food, fuel and fiber debate.
MAB students are employed in all sectors of the food and agribusiness industry. Below is a short list of some of the companies our students and alumni are employed by while they pursue their Master of Agribusiness degree:
|ADM||Hoogwegt U.S., Inc.|
|American Soybean Association||Hostess|
|Bayer Animal Health||John Deere Company|
|Bay State Milling||Johnsonville Sausage|
|Bimbo Bakeries||Koch Nitrogen Company|
|Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica||Lallemand, Inc.|
|Cargill||M&M Mars Retail|
|Caterpillar Work Tools||Monsanto Company|
|CNH||National Milk Producers Federation|
|CHS||New Holland Agriculture|
|Cereal Food Processors||Pfizer Animal Health|
|ConAgra Foods||Pioneer, a DuPont Company|
|Dairy Farmers of America||Safeway|
|Dole Fresh Fruit||SaraLee|
|Elanco Animal Health||Schwan's Global Food|
|Extension||Supermercados Int. HEB|
|Farm Credit Services||The Anderson's Inc.|
|Feedlots and Farming||U.S. Grains Council|
|General Mills||Wixon, Inc.|
The advantages of the MAB Program for students and their employers are numerous:
• Employee Development: Investment in high potential employees translates into retention, company growth and development
• Company Return: Student projects are designed to have direct application to their work, allowing their companies to benefit from faculty insight and experience
• Innovation and Delivery: Course materials accessible anytime, anywhere
• Technology: Interactive and globally accessible