Learn to strengthen local food systems while you advance as an entrepreneur. Shape your professional identity with strategic and design thinking as you solve problems.
Drive innovation and development of new enterprises in today’s agricultural and food industries when you earn your master’s in Agribusiness and Food Innovation Management with CSU.
Understand how people access, and consume food. Develop skills to strengthen local food systems and help empower social and cultural change. As the global population grows, companies, governments, and other agencies seek results that provide sustainable, environmentally responsible, and scalable solutions to ensure a sufficient food supply.
Learn in an innovative environment at CSU SPUR
Learning at CSU SPUR is a new adventure in education. SPUR brings learning to life in its three buildings focused on water, food, and health. Spur is more than a physical location – it's a hub – a network to connect people across the state, region, and world.
Earn a degree that sets you apart. Study with expert faculty from CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, an academic entity that has thrived since the University’s founding in 1870. The College has produced, and continues to produce, leaders capable of solving local and global challenges in agriculture and the natural environment.
In your first semester you will learn:
- Overview of the agribusiness and food system
- How to shape your professional identity as an entrepreneurs
- A skill-set and mind-set based upon strategy and design-thinking
- Skills to approach old problems in new ways
After completing your first semester, spend the next 12-18 months engaging with inventors and companies in the region through venture practicum projects. Working in a cohort model, gain hands-on experience as you determine the viability of a new business idea, take it through development, and help launch the business.
Upon completion of the program, you will:
- Understand how to evaluate the potential of a business idea.
- Describe the agriculture value chain and identify business opportunities.
- Extend your business training in finance, marketing, economics, and law.
- Become effective working with others in a team.
- Effectively deliver business proposals and obtain partnership buy in.
- Develop a professional network that will assist you through your career.
- Gain knowledge of intellectual property and how to protect it.
Opportunities have never been so abundant for creative innovation and transformation in the agriculture and food industries. Learn to solve problems in this environment with a creative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approach.
Achieve practical outcomes and move forward in your career with new relationships, skills, and knowledge to become a competitive innovator, entrepreneur, and leader in a variety of industries including:
- Agricultural Sciences
- Food Systems
- Food Retailers and Wholesalers
- Restaurants and Food Businesses
- Computer Science and Software
- Biological Science
- Business Development and Entrepreneurship
- Feed and Seed Companies
- Feedlot Operations
- Local, State, or Federal Government
Potential job titles include:
- Crop and Livestock Manager
- Agribusiness Manager
- Land Management
- Retail Management
- Environmental Technology
- County Planning
- State and Federal Conservation
- Agricultural Extension