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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dual MBA-MS Program, Business Administration - Agricultural and Resource Economics

The Haslam College of Business and the Herbert College of Agriculture offer a dual program leading to the conferral of both the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Science in the Agricultural and Resource Economics major. The dual program can be accomplished with approximately 20 fewer credit hours of course work than would be required to earn both degrees separately.

The establishment of the dual program addresses the critical need for agribusiness personnel trained in business fundamentals, with the analytical, technical, management, and economic decision-making skills to operate within the modern economic environment. The objective of the dual degree program is to prepare graduates to take leading management roles within agribusiness firms in a rapidly changing agricultural sector in an increasingly competitive global market. The program is directed toward management of agribusiness firms within the agricultural-consulting, bioenergy, food-processing, input-supply, marketing, and transportation industries, among others.

Option Available

Business Administration and Agricultural and Resource Economics — Course Only with Comprehensive Exams

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • Applicants for the dual MBA-MS program must make separate applications to and be accepted by Graduate Admissions for the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Science with a major in Agricultural and Resource Economics. Students should indicate on both applications the intent to pursue the dual MBA-MS program. Students accepted for both the MBA and MS degree programs will be assigned to an advisor from the MBA program and another from the Agricultural and Resource Economics MS program. These advisors will be responsible for course approval and supervision of the students’ progress through the dual program.
  • After the MBA application deadline of February 1, applications by United States citizens and permanent residents will still be considered as space allows. Additional information is required and different application dates are established by Graduate Admissions for international students.

Credit Hours Required

60 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

Additional Course Requirements

  • AREC 595  can occur during Summer or Fall-Second Year. The internship report and oral presentation must be completed before the end of the semester of registration.
  • A student completing the series of two MBA concentration courses in finance, operations management or marketing can substitute another agricultural and resource economics course for AREC 512 , AREC 542 , or AREC 550 , respectively.
  • Electives must sum to nine or more credit hours.

Non-Course Requirements

  • The program includes a 10-week internship experience.
  • A written comprehensive examination is required in the form of an approved written internship report integrating relevant coursework material with an approved internship project.
  • The dual degree candidate must satisfy the curriculum and graduation requirements of the agricultural and resource economics major and the Haslam College of Business. Students withdrawing from the dual degree program before completing both degrees will not receive credit toward graduation in either degree program for courses taken in the other degree program, except as such courses qualify for credit without regard to the dual degree program. The MS and the MBA degrees will be awarded upon successful completion of the requirements of the dual program.