Agribusiness Management

 

Associate Certificate | Agribusiness Management

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Entrance Exam: Not required

This associate-level University Associate Certificate in Agribusiness Management is an abbreviated, 15-credit-hour, online alternative to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Agribusiness Management offered on campus by NC State University's Agricultural Institute.

NC State's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) offers this associate-level online certificate which recognizes the completion of five courses totaling 15 credit hours.  This certificate is not a degree and does not imply admission to the Agricultural Institute at NC State University or to any undergraduate or graduate degree program at NC State University. Rather, it provides students not enrolled in a degree program at NC State University an opportunity to learn basic agribusiness and economic principles that are useful in careers in agriculture and related agribusiness industries, such as horticulture, landscaping, chemical and farm equipment sales, and the production and distribution of crops and other commodities.

Credits completed in this online associate certificate program are transferable to the Agricultural Institute's Associate of Applied Science degree in Agribusiness Management (transfer of courses is subject to the requirements and approval of the Agricultural Institute; the completion of the certificate does not imply admission to the Agricultural Institute). ARE 201, Introduction to Agricultural and Resource Economics, also meets a General Education Program course requirement for baccalaureate degree programs.

Potential students who have already received an associate degree or are working toward an associate or undergraduate degree may be eligible to apply for the University Undergraduate Certificate in Agricultural Business Management. Potential students who have already received an undergraduate degree may be eligible to apply for the University Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Agricultural Business Management. Students enrolled in a 4-year degree program at North Carolina State University are not eligible for this certificate; rather, they should apply for the Minor in Agricultural Business Management.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted to this program, an applicant must:

  • Hold a high school diploma or a GED received at least 12 months prior to applying to the program;
  • Not be enrolled in a degree program (4-year or 2-year) at NC State University;
  • Complete and submit the University Associate Certificate in Agribusiness Management application, which must be requested from the department. Applicants must be Non-Degree Studies (NDS) students at NC State.  Please see "Program Contacts" for contact information to obtain internal application after NDS acceptance.

PLAN OF STUDY

The University Associate Certificate in Agribusiness Management requires 15 credit hours. Students may enroll in a maximum of six credit hours per semester. Thus, the certificate may be completed in as little as three semesters.

All certificate program courses must be Distance Education courses (identified with section numbers of 601 or higher) unless special approval is granted for completion of an on-campus section. No transfer credits from other institutions to fulfill certificate course requirements are allowed.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Like the academic programs offered by NC State's Agricultural Institute, the primary purpose of the University Associate Certificate in Agribusiness Management is to provide students with the practical experience needed to be productive in the many careers within agribusiness management. These could include careers in horticulture, landscaping, and chemical and farm equipment sales, as well as the production and distribution of crops and other commodities.

Fifteen credit hours (five courses) are required, including two required core courses and three elective courses, as follows:

Required core courses

ARE 104 - Agricultural Business Management

Units: 3

Insights into the management skills of a successful agribusiness firm manager. A topical approach to analytical and planning techniques applicable to business decisions. Managerial concepts such as financial analysis, budgeting, investment analysis, capital acquisition, financial and risk management of agribusiness firms. HENDRICKSON

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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ARE 201 - Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics

Units: 3

Introduction to economic principles of marginal benefits and costs with application to consumer and producer decisions. Functions of market exchange systems in determining prices and quantities and creation of wealth. Property rights and opportunities for exchange. Role of government in dealing with agricultural and resource problems. Macroeconomic analysis including inflation, unemployment, money and banking system. Credit will not be given for both ARE 201 and either EC 201 or EC 205.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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Three of the following elective courses

ARE 106 - Agri Business Law

Units: 3

The application of legal principles to agribusiness. Includes a review of our legal system contracts, real property, personal property torts, business organization, estate planning, and laws affecting agribusiness. CAMPBELL

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

ARE 112 - Agricultural & Agribusiness Marketing

Units: 3

Marketing concepts, techniques and management of the U.S. marketing system from agricultural production, agribusiness, and traditional business perspectives. Broad, basic knowledge of marketing objectives, the marketing environment, strategic planning, marketing information sources, consumer demographics and lifestyle characteristics, product planning, distribution planning, promotion planning, and price planning. PHILLIPS

Offered in Fall Only

ARE 115 - Agribusiness Accounting

Units: 3

Introduction to basic accounting principles and concepts applicable to an agribusiness firm. Exposure to journals, ledgers and financial statements. Topics of the accounting cycle, inventories, payrolls, accounts receivable, income taxes and the potential use of computers. RUSS

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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ARE 132 - Management of Personnel

Units: 3

Personnel problems of recruiting, selecting, training, paying, and motivating employees of an agribusiness firm. Improving organizational effectiveness, functioning of a production supervisor, resolution of conflicts and leadership development. PHILLIPS

Offered in Fall and Spring

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ARE 133 - Agricultural & Environmental Policy

Units: 3

History of agricultural and environmental policy, policy formation, agricultural programs, effects of agricultural production on the environment, benefits and costs of agricultural and environmental policy, state of the environment, environmental regulations and their enforcement, optimal level of pollution, incentive-based environmental regulation, outlook for agricultural and environmental policy, and the sustainability of agriculture and of the environment. RUSS

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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NOTE: Transferability of any 100-level ARE course is determined by the university, college, or department to which the credits are submitted for transfer, not by the Department of Agricultural Resource Economics, the Agricultural Institute, or NC State University. Students should learn prior to applying if a course from this program will transfer to another program.
    Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
    FallAugust 17, 2018
    SpringJanuary 2, 2019
    SummerMay 11, 2018

    Dr. John Russ

    Program Coordinator, Agricultural and Resource Economics

    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

    919.515.4677
    russ@ncsu.edu