Bachelor of Science in Agricultural/Food Business Management

What is Agricultural/Food Business Management?

Prepare for a career in agricultural and food business management, one of Alberta’s largest industries, by studying in this program jointly offered with the Alberta School of Business. Explore how interactions between science, society and the economy influence the development of an important sector that has both local and global reach. Students gain a competitive edge in the agri-food sector by specializing in both life sciences and business. Graduates are equipped to pursue accreditation as a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.).

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Hands-on Learning

Students in the Agricultural/Food Business Management program are eligible for the Alberta School of Business Co-op Program, one of the top four business programs in Canada, as well as the ALES Mini-Internship Program (AMIP). The AMIP offers a unique opportunity for students to work on real-world projects that examine issues faced by industry, government and environmental organizations. Combine classroom learning with on-the-job training in one of these two programs to discover your passion or jumpstart your career before graduating. 


Agricultural Business Management

Three cows outside a feed shed.Prepare for a career in the agricultural industry, including crop or livestock sectors, with training targeted at farm supply and post-farm processing and marketing, as well as associated consulting specializations.

Program Requirements
Food Business Management

An artistic image of a field of snow. The image is crisply focused at the bottom and the trees and builidings in the distance are intentionally out of focus.Learn about the scientific and economic relationships that influence the food industry and graduate with the business and scientific skills needed for a successful career in food and grocery sectors.

Program Requirements


"Money makes the world go round. So a lot of the decisions that we make, whether it be food products, real estate, taxes, but also agriculture and the environment, have monetary and societal implications. Economists study the behaviour, agents and stakeholders in making economic decisions, often trying to quantify the cost of making a decision…”


- Professor Sven Anders is an agricultural economist with research and teaching interests in the economics of food systems, supply chains and agri-food trade. Learn from Professor Anders in one of his Agricultural and Resource Economics courses.


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Featured Courses

Applications of economic principles to problems and current issues relating to agriculture, food and the environment.
ALES Mexico Tour

This experiential learning tour customized to your academic program and interests will give you the opportunity to explore the themes of agriculture, food, environment, food culture and social life in Mexico. Visits to farmers, wholesale and retail markets will provide insights into the diversity of foods and marketing channels.

Current students interested in this opportunity can email for more information.




An introduction to methods and tools that are used to solve quantitative problems related to agriculture, food, forestry, and the environment. Practice applying quantitative tools to empirical problems with classroom examples, laboratory assignments and computer tutorials.
Provides an understanding of the behavior of individuals in organizations. Draws from psychology, sociology, organization theory and covers topics such as personality, motivation, leadership, communication, conflict, and group dynamics.



Feature Careers

Agrologists offer advice and services related to agricultural and environmental science and technology. They apply scientific principles to the cultivation, production, use, and improvement of plants and animals, and to the management of associated resources.  Agrology is a regulated profession in Alberta. Average Salary: $82,405

Management Consultants are contracted by organizations to provide independent and objective advice. They help organizations achieve their objectives by solving problems, identifying new opportunities, enhancing learning, and implementing change. Average Salary: $99,558

Source: Government of Alberta, Occupations in Alberta


Careers in Agricultural/Food Business Management

  • Management Consultant
  • Market Development Specialist
  • Business Development Officer
  • Agri-Food Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Food Manufacturing/Process Supervisor
  • Policy Analyst
  • Commodities/Stock Trader

Study Here

The Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES) at the University of Alberta provides solutions to global challenges in the areas of agriculture, nutrition, the environment and human ecology. ALES faculty members and staff apply their broad scientific expertise in world-class facilities to improve lives at local and international levels. Students have access to one of the largest faculty scholarship programs at the institution, and can get involved with the thriving student community for a memorable and life-changing university experience.

The Agricultural Business Management program also connects students to the expertise and community in the Alberta School of Business, which is one of the world’s leading institutions of business education and research.