Agricultural and Food Business Management Major


The Agricultural and Food Business Management (AFBM) program is no ordinary business major. The major is jointly offered with the Carlson School of Management and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and is the only dual program of its kind at the University. It draws on the strengths of each college to provide you with access to the professors, research, and resources of two nationally recognized programs. In addition, this partnership guarantees you priority registration for business classes in the Carlson School.

As a student studying AFBM, you will learn how to use economic concepts and management tools to effectively identify, analyze, and solve management problems for organizations in the food and agricultural industries, financial institutions, and both small and large companies. Internships are strongly recommended and can count toward degree requirements. In addition to the general required courses, you choose one of four areas of specialization or a minor in the Carlson School of Management to further specialize your degree.

Areas of Specialization and Careers

Agricultural Markets and Risk Management

Students prepare for careers in input and commodity marketing organizations in the food system. Positions might include: commodity merchandiser or broker, grain marketing adviser or trader, procurement merchandiser, market and risk analyst, marketing associate, market and price analyst, futures trader, and insurance broker.

Entrepreneurship and Business Management

Students prepare for careers in the food system and related industries and in private and public institutions that sponsor entrepreneurship programs for developing business and marketing plans for small businesses. Positions include: small business analyst, community entrepreneurship development program administrator, and small business specialist for financial or community organizations.

Financial Analysis and Business Management

Students prepare for careers in banking, brokerage, insurance, real estate, and financial management in corporate and small businesses. Positions might include: credit or financial analyst, loan underwriter or loan servicing specialist, accountant or account manager, business system or industry analyst, corporate financial or treasury officer, investment and insurance broker or specialist, and business consultant.

Food Sales and Industry Management

Students prepare for careers in the marketing departments of large food and agribusiness companies. Positions might include: sales or buyer positions in the food ingredients or food products divisions, field marketers, regional and account sales managers, market analysts in commodity or input supply companies.

Associated Minors

Due to the unique relationship with the Carlson School of Management, as an AFBM major you have the opportunity to pursue one of Carlson's eight minors. These minors include:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Finance
  • Finance and Risk Management Insurance
  • Human Resources and Industrial Relations
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management


If you were admitted to a degree program in Fall 2013 or later, you will follow these revised requirements. If you were admitted to a degree program before Fall 2013, go to the pre-fall 2013 requirements.

Transfer Requirements

Applicants must have either microeconomics or macroeconomics completed with a B- or better before enrolling at the University of Minnesota.

  • Most successful applicants will have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.

For deadlines, contacts, orientation, and other information, visit the CFANS Transfer Students page.

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