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Academic Programs

Explore our degree options

The Ness School of Management and Economics offers a varied career choice, and that is reflected in the academic options we offer. Learn more about the five undergraduate majors in our school.

Undergraduate Programs

Agricultural business blends general business training with specialized coursework in the agricultural industry and agricultural marketing to prepare students for careers in 21st-century agribusiness. Coursework focuses on the following agriculture topics: management, marketing, finance and policy. Agricultural business majors tend to work for agricultural lenders, local cooperatives, implement companies, etc. in roles like commodity merchandiser and farm management specialist.

Economics – agricultural economics specialization extends core classes with in-depth analysis of local, national and global economic issues. Coursework focuses on topics relating to agricultural research, government policy, international trade and development, environmental research and analysis. Graduates tend to work as an extension specialist, commodity broker, ag statistician or go into graduate studies.

Business economics provides students with the tools and abilities to succeed in the highly competitive business environment from small, local companies to Fortune 500 companies. Coursework focuses on management, finance, banking, retail, sales and marketing. Graduates tend to work in: management, sales, finance and marketing.

Economics prepares students to continue their studies in a graduate program. Economics graduates tend to work in a variety of industries, working in government, research and financial analysis. Quite often they go on to graduate studies in economics, business (MBA) or law school.

Students in the entrepreneurial studies major write business plans and ultimately open their own small business, learning through experience as well as in the classroom. Coursework focuses on starting a business, growing a business, business consulting, product development, sales and marketing. Graduates work for a variety of companies from banking to music production. Some create their own companies and are self-employed.

Operations management is a discipline that prepares you to manage resources including people, materials, technology and finances for a wide variety of organizations. Our program is focused on improving processes, controlling output, implementing quality systems and managing the supply chain. The operations management program includes studies in management foundations, production systems and control, plant management, labor relations and supervision, productivity analysis (lean applications), cost control and materials planning.

Graduate Programs

An accelerated master's degree to qualified undergraduate students who maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in their business or economics major; these students may begin their graduate studies while they complete their undergraduate degree.

The graduate program in economics prepares students for professions in business and government as well as for advanced studies in economics and finance. The program offers two curriculum options: an economic theory option and an applied business-economics option.

The Masters of Science in operations management (MSOM) program offers opportunities for current and future managers to explore contemporary theory and develop knowledge of efficient and effective business practices. Our graduates are armed with the analytical tools and methods necessary for effective decision making in technical operations. Our core courses are designed to provide a foundation of knowledge and skills: project management, operations management and research, management and leadership in technical organizations and seminar.