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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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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

MASTER OF

Agribusiness

A Distance Degree in Business and Economics

BUILDING AGRIBUSINESS…One Leader At A Time

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Introduction

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

value of education
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

the issues
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

the market
The Market
  • Niche
    • Complements On-campus Programs
    • Advanced Professional Degree
    • Applied Focus
  • Market Analysis
    • Curriculum Design
    • Product Delivery
learner issues
Learner Issues
  • Non-traditional Students
  • Balance Careers, Family, and Education
  • Inexperienced with Distance Education
  • Anytime Anyplace Courses
  • Traditional Learning Styles
style considerations 1
Style Considerations1
  • Personality Characteristics
  • Information Processing
  • Social Interaction
  • Instructional Preference
    • Text-based
    • Visual (graphs, diagrams, etc.)
    • Audio
    • Experiential

1 Claxton & Murrell

implementation
Implementation
  • Text-based
    • Text book, supplemental readings
  • Visual
    • Web pages, PowerPoint slides
  • Audio
    • Chat room, voiceovers
  • Experiential
    • Guest lectures, computer lab, case studies, oral presentations
mission
Mission

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

objectives
Objectives
  • 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

mab admission requirements
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
timeline

Org Behav

Economics

Marketing

Opt Techn

Timeline

Jan.

Apr.

Jul.

Oct.

Dec.

Logistics

Year 1

Computers

Finance

Risk Mgmt

Econometrics

Year 2

Agribus Mgmt

Policy Anal

Year 3

Thesis / Project

professional thesis
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
industry focused
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

an employer s perspective
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
job changes and promotions
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)
the isolation factor
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

contact us
Contact US

Dr. Allen Featherstone,Program Director

Dea Mandery, Program Coordinator

Telephone: 785.532.4495

Website: www.mab.ksu.edu

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