Master of Business Administration in Agri-Business: MBA (Agribusiness) Course details


Master of Business Administration in Agri-Business is a postgraduate degree in the area of management. The duration of the course is 2 years. This 2 year course is offered in 4 consecutive semesters. The main objective of the course is to develop management professionals for the uplift of Agri business sector.

The course study helps the candidate to gain business skills in production, marketing and trading of agriculture products. Apart from this, the course study helps the candidate to have strategic planning in production and distribution of fertilizers, pesticides, farm machinery and equipment, etc. The candidate gain skills to deal with diverse aspects of rural banking, land management, and water management through the course study. The business professionals in Agri Business sector also deals with export and import of agriculture products or other related products.

Advantages or Benefits of Master of Business Administration in Agribusiness

The course study helps the candidate to develop ample business and management skills in agriculture sector. Those who are interested in higher study can go for the same after completion of the course. Courses like M. Phil or doctorate courses in management help the candidate to get in to a rewarding career in the long run. As agriculture is a rapidly growing sector, candidates who have passed MBA in agro-business can get in to promising career with good salary packages.

Eligibility required for Master of Business Administration in Agribusiness

The candidates who have completed their graduation with 50% marks (minimum) can seek admission to MBA Agri-Business course. The candidates who have completed their bachelor degree in Agriculture and allied disciplines are eligible to apply for the course. Those who have passed B.Sc. Home Science/Life Science (Botany, Zoology, Bio-Chemistry, and Bio-Technology) are also eligible to undergo the course. Postgraduates in any of the above mentioned subjects can also apply to the course. Those who possess necessary eligibility should attend and pass certain entrance test carried out nationally or by the University that offers the course. Those who pass national level test like Joint Entrance Test for Agri Business Management are eligible for admission in all management colleges (that offers the course).

Admission Procedure of Master of Business Administration in Agribusiness

The candidate should visit the official website of the University/Institution (that offers the course) to collect application forms of Master of Business Administration in Agribusiness. It will be available along with the notification of the course. The candidate should go through the notification thoroughly before starting the application process. They should include their qualification details as well as score obtained in the entrance test in the application form. Filled application forms must be enclosed with relevant documents and submitted to the mentioned address before the last date.

Colleges/ Universities offering Master of Business Administration in Agri-business

  • Amity University Rajasthan
  • Assam Agricultural University
  • Banaras Hindu University
  • C.P. and Berar E.S. College
  • Chandra Shekhar Azad University
  • Datta Meghe institute of Management
  • Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry
  • Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture
  • Institute of Agri Business Management
  • Junagadh Agricultural University
  • Kerala Agricultural University
  • Periyar Maniammai University
  • Mysore University
  • Purvanchal University
  • Rajendra Agricultural University
  • Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agricultural Technology
  • Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University
  • Symbiosis Institute of International Business
  • University of Agricultural Sciences
  • University of Lucknow
  • Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya

Course Curriculum of Master of Business Administration in Agribusiness

First Semester

  • Management Principles & Values
  • Accounting & Financial Analysis
  • Quantitative Techniques
  • Managerial Economics
  • Environment & Agri Business Management
  • Marketing

Second Semester

  • Human Resource Management
  • Production & Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior & Ethos
  • Financial Management for Agri Business
  • Agribusiness & Rural Marketing
  • Research Methods in Agri Business Management

Third Semester

  • Business Law and Ethics
  • Entrepreneurship & Project Management
  • Computer Application and MIS
  • Practical Training (8 weeks)

Fourth Semester

  • Strategic Management
  • Seminar in Agribusiness Management
  • Dissertation
  • Viva Voce

Electives Group A:

  • Agri - Input Management
  • Materials Management
  • Fertilizer Technology & Management
  • Seed Production Technology
  • Agro Chemicals & Technology Management

Elective Group B:

  • Agri-Technology Management
  • Materials Management
  • Management of Bio-tech Industries
  • Seed Production Technology
  • Management of Floriculture & Landscaping

Elective Group C:

  • Live stock Management
  • Materials Management
  • Feed Business Management
  • Technology Management for
  • Livestock Products
  • Poultry and Hatchery Management

Elective Group D:

  • Food Process Management
  • Materials Management
  • Food Technology & Processing Management
  • Technology Management for Fruit Production & Post Harvest Management

Text Books on Master of Business Administration in Agribusiness

  • Small Scale Industries & Entrepreneurship by Vasant Desai
  • Strategic Management – Concept & Cases by Thompson & Strickland
  • Business Policy by Azhar Kazmi
  • Introduction to Agribusiness Fundamental and Applications by Cliff Ricketts and Kristina Ricketts, Delmar Cengage
  • Introduction to Agribusiness by Cliff
  • Fundamentals of Agribusiness Finance by Ralph
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness by Gail L. Cramer, Clarence W. Jensen and Douglas D. Southgate
  • Accounting and Finance by Nitin Balwani, EB
  • Business Communication by Parag Diwan
  • Business Communication today by Bovee, Thill and Schatzman
  • Business Environment by Saleem, Pearson
  • Business Ethics: Concepts & Cases by Velasquez
  • Business Statistics by JK Sharma, Pearson
  • Essentials of Entrepreneurship & Small Business by Zimmerer & Scarborough
  • Financial Accounting by R. Narayanaswamy
  • Financial Management by Prasanna Chandra
  • Industrial Marketing by Francis Cherunilam
  • Introduction to Marketing by Adrian Palmer
  • Management Information systems by Ashok Arora and Akshya Bhatia, EB
  • Managerial Economics by Dominick Salvatore, Thomson
  • Operations Management by William Stevenson
  • Operations Research by JK Sharma, McMillan
  • Organizational Behaviour by Uday Pareekh, Oxford
  • Production and Operations Management, Biztantra
  • Research Methodology by Dipak Kumar Bhattacharyya, EB
  • Services Marketing — Text and cases by Rajendra Nargundkar

Job and Career Opportunities after Master of Business Administration in Agribusiness

The main role of the agribusiness manager is to apply management principles in business practices. These candidates can trace job vacancies in various agro based companies operating in the country. Market Development Officer, Sales Manager, etc are common job profiles where Agri business manager can find placement opportunities. By gaining experience in the job the candidate can get in to the role of Zonal Manager, Area manager, etc. They can also get in to the position of Research Associate in R&D firms. Apart from this, they can work as:

  • Marketing manager – Agribusiness
  • Research Analyst – Agricultural commodities
  • Flour mill manager
  • Agricultural loan officer
  • Grain merchandiser
  • Agricultural Officer

Remuneration after Master of Business Administration in Agribusiness

Remuneration offered to candidates who have completed MBA in Agribusiness is quite reasonable. They can expect average salary package of Rs. 4.05 lakhs/annum. This may reach up to the level of Rs. 7 lakhs per annum by gaining 1-2 years of experience in the job. Salary packages depend on the job designation of the employee and the level of responsibility associated with the job.



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