Professional Master of Science Degree in International Agribusiness


If you’re looking to obtain a high-profile marketing and management position in the agribusiness sector, consider applying for the Professional Master of Science in International Agribusiness offered by the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University.

The non-thesis degree program is now offered in two different modes of delivery, either in-residence or fully online. The fully online option includes two certificate options that are built directly into the program. Students can choose between an Online Graduate Certificate in 
Biotechnology Quality & Regulatory Compliance or Spatial Data Science.

Please note that prospective students will need to apply to the Professional Master of Science in International Agribusiness and submit a separate application to their chosen certificate program (Biotechnology Quality & Regulatory Compliance or Spatial Data Science).

Students in the program are motivated to establish their career in international agribusiness. Many are multilingual and have international exposure. Students are trained with the same rigorous core requirements as the Agricultural Economics Department's existing and reputable Master's degree programs.

Graduates from the program find fulfilling careers working with international clientele in the dynamic and rapidly growing international Food and Agribusiness Industry.





  • Non-Thesis Degree
  • Work with more than 40 faculty members  

Requirements for Admission: 

  • Undergrad Cumulative GPA of 3.0, GRE - no minimum score. 
  • Visit the Purdue Graduate School website to learn more​ about admission requirements.


Benefits of the PMIA Program: 

  • Purdue Diploma - the same as all MS students in the department 
  • Purdue Transcript - with a concentration in International Agribusiness 
  • Purdue Connections - network with US agribusiness firm executives 
  • Purdue Professors - individual advice and guidance on your project 
  • Purdue Courses - access to all regular campus courses 
  • Purdue Network - 100 other graduate students in the department 
  • Purdue Facilities - in-residence students have access to all Purdue gyms, pools, busses, etc.

Plans of Study

Plan of Study for IN-RESIDENCE Option (Required Courses)

Includes 15 credits of economic theory, 6 credits of quantitative methods, 9 credits of electives




Course Title with Description


Year One
Fall August - December ECON 511: ​Microeconomic Theory 3
AGEC 552: ​Linear Programming 3
AGEC 526: International Marketing for Agr- and Food Business 3
AGEC 571: ​Emerging Global Issues 1
Electives* 0-8
Spring January - May ECON 512: Macroeconomic Theory​   3
AGEC 650: Econometrics I 3
AGEC 530: ​Strategic Agribusiness Management 3
AGEC 572: ​International Market Opportunities 2
Electives* 0-7
Summer May - July AGEC 598: Internship, Study Abroad or Capstone Project 3
Year Two
Fall August - December AGEC 537: Business Plan Development 3
Electives* 0-15
Total: 36+


*Approved by advisor. Minimum 9 credits total. Recommend 6 credits from AGEC, and 3 credits from AGRY, ANSC, ASM, BTNY, ENTM, FNR, FS, or HORT.

Plan of Study for Online Option (Required Courses)

** In addition to the required courses depicted below, students must select one of two Certificates for the remaining 12 credits. Either the Online Biotechnology Quality & Regulatory Compliance Graduate Certificate or the Online Graduate Certificate in Spatial Data Science.



Course Title with Description


Year One
Fall August - December AGEC 684 Applied Quantitative Methods for Decision Making (Online) 3
AGEC 681 Economics for Food and Agribusiness Managers (Online) 3
Spring January - May  

ASEC 546 Communication and Issues Engagement for Agricultural Professionals (Online) 

Summer May - July AGEC 687 Problem Solving and Project Management for Decision Makers (Online) 3
Year Two
Fall August - December AGEC 685 Quantitative Managerial Decision Making (Online) 3
AGEC 682 The Macroeconomic Trade and Policy Environment of the Food System (Online) 3
Spring January - May AGEC 686 Strategic Food and Agribusiness Management (Online) 3
AGEC 688 Business Analysis Capstone Course (Online) 3
AGEC MS Courses 21 credits (Core), Spatial Data Science or Online Biotechnology Quality & Regulatory Compliance Certificate 12 credits (Elective), ASEC 546 3 credits (Elective) Total: 36

Information for COrpORATions

Many of our students take part in internships with U.S. companies. If you're an employer looking to recruit professional international agribusiness students, contact us to learn more about our program and what our students have to offer.

Have Questions? Contact Us!

Ryan Good, Graduate Program Administrator,