NC State's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) offers the Associate Certificate in Agribusiness Management. This associate-level certificate, which requires five courses (15 credit hours) is not a degree and does not imply admission to any undergraduate or graduate program at NC State University, including the Agricultural Institute 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 earned an associate's or undergraduate degree or are working toward an undergraduate degree may be eligible for one of these online programs:
- University Undergraduate Certificate in Agricultural Business Management
- University Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Agricultural Business Management
To be admitted to the Associate Certificate in Agribusiness Management, 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.
This 15-credit associate-level program includes five three-credit undergraduate courses. At 2019-20 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $237 per credit for North Carolina residents and $916 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $3,555 for North Carolina residents and $13,740 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.
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.
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.