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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. MASTER OF Agribusiness. A Distance Degree in Business and Economics. BUILDING AGRIBUSINESS…One Leader At A Time. Introduction. “The future of education is outside the traditional campus, outside the traditional classroom.” — Peter Drucker.

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A Distance Degree in Business and Economics


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“The future of education is outside the traditional campus, outside the traditional classroom.” — Peter Drucker

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Value of Education

  • Continuing Education Findings1

    • 57 percent higher net sales per employee

    • 37 percent higher gross profits per employee

    • 20 percent higher market-to-book value ratio

  • Intellectual capital represents a sustainable form of competitive advantage

1 American Society for Training and Development

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The Issues

1.Market Analysis

a.k.a. Identify the Customer

2.Learner Issues

a.k.a. Know Customer’s Needs

3.Instructor and Curriculum

a.k.a. Deliver the Product

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The Market

  • Niche

    • Complements On-campus Programs

    • Advanced Professional Degree

    • Applied Focus

  • Market Analysis

    • Curriculum Design

    • Product Delivery

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Learner Issues

  • Non-traditional Students

  • Balance Careers, Family, and Education

  • Inexperienced with Distance Education

  • Anytime Anyplace Courses

  • Traditional Learning Styles

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Style Considerations1

  • Personality Characteristics

  • Information Processing

  • Social Interaction

  • Instructional Preference

    • Text-based

    • Visual (graphs, diagrams, etc.)

    • Audio

    • Experiential

      1 Claxton & Murrell

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  • Text-based

    • Text book, supplemental readings

  • Visual

    • Web pages, PowerPoint slides

  • Audio

    • Chat room, voiceovers

  • Experiential

    • Guest lectures, computer lab, case studies, oral presentations

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Provide agribusiness professionals the knowledge and skills to excel in today’s rapidly changing and increasingly complex food and agricultural global economy

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  • Verbal and Writing Skills

    Improve and refine

  • Utilize Information Technologies

    Update skills and implement software tools

  • Problem-Solving Skills

    Apply techniques to firm-related challenges

  • Develop Competitive Advantage

    Build skills critical to success in Food and

    Agribusiness Industry

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MAB Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Professional work experience of 2+ years

  • Computer literacy

  • Undergraduate courses in

    • Accounting

    • College Algebra

    • Statistics

    • Macroeconomics

    • Microeconomics or Agricultural Economics

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Org Behav



Opt Techn








Year 1



Risk Mgmt


Year 2

Agribus Mgmt

Policy Anal

Year 3

Thesis / Project

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Professional Thesis

  • Apply learned concepts and quantitative tools to a company-level agribusiness problem

  • Supervised by department faculty with collaboration by other departments

  • Written thesis and oral presentation

  • Final five months to complete

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Industry Focused

“…I am finding that I use techniques I learned in this program to solve problems every day. This learning opportunity is unique, but not just to agribusiness.”

Kurt David

Alumni, Class of 2000

Industry Advisory Board Member

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An Employer’s Perspective

“…The amount of knowledge he is bringing (to our unit) has helped to improve our business by achieving different goals day by day, as well as the development of our business plan for marketing strategies.”

Enrique Bianchi

Rice Product Line Manager

Cargill Americas, Inc.

Manager, current MAB student

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Undergraduate Institutions

  • Drake

  • Hamilton

  • Hartford

  • Harvard

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Northwestern

  • St. Thomas

  • Southern Methodist

  • Sterling

  • Colorado State

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Iowa State

  • Minnesota

  • Nebraska

  • Oklahoma State

  • Purdue

  • Texas A&M

  • Wisconsin Platteville

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Job Changes and Promotions

  • 42% of all students have changed companies or received promotions since beginning the program

  • By class:

    • 64% of first class (2000)

    • 55% of second class (2001)

    • 21% of third class (2002)

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The ‘Isolation’ Factor

“…we didn’t get much done last night. It was the first chat of the class and they hadn’t been together in a few weeks. They mostly wanted to catch up with each other.”

Dr. Michael Boland

Advanced Food and Agribusiness Management

On September 10 Chat Session with MAB Students

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Contact US

Dr. Allen Featherstone,Program Director

Dea Mandery, Program Coordinator

Telephone: 785.532.4495

Website: www.mab.ksu.edu