A degree in Resource and Agribusiness Management positions you for a career
in tomorrow’s rapidly changing global economy. This degree cultivates the
business skills necessary to succeed in sales, marketing or management careers
while developing applied tools to operate in small-business, finance, food,
forestry or other natural resource-based industries. Students may focus on areas
that include resource-based marketing, banking, retail sales, municipal or state
government, hotel/restaurant management or other applied business areas.
In addition to the standard degree, three specialized concentrations are
available. The Equine Business Management concentration leads to a Resource and
Agribusiness Management degree with specialized training to excel in the equine
industry. The second concentration, Agribusiness Administration, leads to the
completion of both BS and MBA degrees in five years and the International concentration prepares students to enter a growing sector of the U.S. and world economy.
Other opportunities include cooperative field experience, summer internships
and study abroad. Some students participate in a unique opportunity to learn
about cooperatives, small business credit systems and worldwide financial
markets while gaining college credit. Students spend one week working hands-on
in a Maine-based cooperative business, they visit the regional Farm Credit Bank
in Springfield, Massachusetts to learn about bank administration and they visit
Wall Street banking firms and financial institutions for four days to learn
about national financial markets. Some students are also employed in
departmental research projects.
Other programs offered by the Department of Resource Economics and Policy
include an Environmental Management and Policy degree with six concentrations: Adventure Recreation Business Management, Adventure Recreation Management, Environment Leadership and Communication, Environmental Pre-Law, Policy Development and Analysis, and Quantitative Analysis. The department’s faculty also cooperate in the Ecology and
Environmental Sciences degree.
Out-of-state students residing in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island
and Vermont enrolled in the Resource and Agribusiness Management degree pay
reduced tuition (in-state plus 50%) rather than full out-of-state tuition rates
under the New England Regional Student Program.