Objectives of the program
The overall goal of the MSc degree in Agribusiness and Value Chain Management program is to produce proficient, highly competent and innovative agribusiness and value chain experts capable of leading the commercialization of the country’s agriculture in light of the dynamism of consumers demand.
The specific objectives of the program are to produce:
- Experts equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to enhance sustainable commercialization of agriculture;
- Innovative, gender sensitive and socially accountable experts who can identify agricultural business challenges and opportunities, and address consumers’ dynamism;
- Problem solving researchers in the areas of agribusiness and value chain.
- Managers who can make use of comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approaches in dealing with agricultural problems;
- Experts who can educate, consult, advise, train and render community development services; and
- Competent planners, negotiators, analysts and developers, change and risk managersin areas of agribusiness and value chain.
1. Professional Profile
This MSc. program in Agribusiness and Value Chain Management aspires to produce professionals who will be involved in the following key occupational tasks.
- Management of complex business enterprises;
- Research in the areas of Agribusiness and Value Chain Management;
- Advice and consultancy services for policy makers, investors, financial institutions, and agribusiness firms;
- Strategy setting for agricultural commercialization;
- Analysis of challenges, barriers, and variables in agricultural production, marketing, and values and problem solving;
- Organization of agricultural information and trends;
- Management of finance and risk in agribusiness
- Assessment of market dynamics and consumer behaviors;
- Development of business plans and strategies;
- Examination and critics of policies and approaches to agricultural marketing;
- Impact assessment of innovations in agricultural sector and marketing practices;
- Entrepreneurship in modern agribusiness firms;
- Organization and management of business cooperatives;
- Benchmarking and adoption of best practices in Agribusiness and Value Chain Management to local contexts;
- Training and education at various levels in the area of Agribusiness and Value Chain Management
2. Graduate Profile
At the end of the program, the graduates will be able to:
- Advise and consult policy makers, investors, financial institutions, and agribusiness firms;
- Assess market dynamics and consumer behaviors;
- Develop business plans and strategies;
- Establish his/her own agribusiness enterprises;
- Manage complex business enterprises;
- Manage finance, risk, and change in agribusiness;
- Organize, manage, and lead business cooperatives;
- Organize agricultural information and trends;
- Conduct research in the areas of Agribusiness and Value Chain Management;
- Set strategies for agricultural commercialization;
- Evaluate agribusiness related policies.
3. Duration of the Program
Successful completion of the program, under normal circumstances for regular program, requires two years of study or four semesters, of which two semesters will be for course work and the rest two semesters will be for research and thesis writing. The maximum duration for the program in regular, summer, distance, and continuing education will be decided by the respective senate legislation of the universities.
4. Admission Requirements
Candidates who apply for master’s degree in Agribusiness and Value Chain Management must have bachelor degree from accredited higher learning institutions in or outside the country. Eligible candidates will be required to take and pass an entrance examination (written and/or oral) to be considered for admission.
Candidates with backgrounds from Agribusiness and value chain management can join without any compensatory course.
Candidates from Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Marketing, Agribusiness Management, Agricultural/Natural Resource Economics and Management background should take the Value chain analysis and development as compensatory course.
Candidates with background in Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, Plant/Crop Science, Horticulture, and Animal Science should take the following compensatory courses: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Agricultural Marketing, Econometrics and Value chain analysis and development.
Candidates with background in Economics, Accounting, Business Management and Cooperatives should take the following compensatory courses: Animal production, Plant production, and Value chain analysis and development.
However, candidates with other related disciplines can join the program if they can finish compensatory courses that will be decided by the receiving department, within maximum of one year.
5. Graduation Requirements
For the program, candidates are expected to take a minimum of 38 credit hours including master’s thesis work. The candidate is also required to get a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 (equivalent to B’s in all the courses taken). Issues related to C grades shall be entertained by the respective universities’ legislation. As partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation, the candidate is required to carry out and successfully complete independent research thesis on original topics or issues which make a significant contribution to the knowledge of the field. A candidate cannot defend her/his thesis before completing the course work.
6. Degree Nomenclature
Students who have success fully completed graduation requirements can earn the following degree: Masters of Science Degree in Agribusiness and Value Chain Management. Its Amharic version ““የሳይንስ ማስተር ዲግሪ በ ግብርና ቢዝነስ እና የእሴት ሰንሰለት ሥራ አመራር””