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What is in Agribusiness Management?

The philosophy of this program is to produce agribusiness leaders. The program will equip the learner with technical, commercial, financial, accountancy, and human resource management skills.

 

Why Study Agribusiness Management?

The Agriculture Sector is the backbone of Kenya’s economy and the source of livelihood for the majority of the rural population. The sector contributes about 30 percent of the country’s GDP and employs about 80 percent of the population. The sector is a major source of revenue with agricultural produce exports accounting for nearly two-thirds of total domestic export. Supporting this sector therefore leads to securing most livelihoods of the Kenyan people.

Despite the immense contribution of agriculture to the Kenyan economy, the sector faces several challenges ranging from competitive pricing, financing, lack of good business linkages, marketing, increasing demand for high wages, exchange rate fluctuations, political and policy issues among others. Therefore, there is a need to train managers who will competitively address these challenges.

 

Career prospects

The agribusiness graduates will become entrepreneurs, managers, and offer consultancy services in the rapidly evolving agribusiness world.

 

 Why Agribusiness Management at Meru University of Science and Technology?

MUST provides a serene learning environment in the agriculture rich area of Meru, modern learning facilities, and a dedicated faculty.

Entry requirements

A candidate wishing to be admitted to the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management must meet the minimum entry requirements of the university;

  • Obtain a minimum mean grade of C+ (Plus) in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). Should have a minimum grade of C (plain) in each of the following subjects; Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics or C (plain) in each of the following subjects: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics and C (plain) in English/Kiswahili, or a Group II subject, or a Group III subject, or any Group IV or any Group V.
  • Candidates who are admitted under government sponsorship will have their admission cut-off points fixed by the admitting body for each admission year.
  • Admission will also be given to a candidate holding mature qualifications in Diploma in Agribusiness, Agriculture, Horticulture, Biology, Animal health, Animal production and related disciplines or holders of Degree/Higher National Diplomas from an institution recognized by MUST Senate. Other equivalent qualifications recognized by Meru University of Science and Technology Senate may also be considered.

Regulations on credit transfer

Inter-institutional transfer from a similar or related program that is accredited by a relevant body shall be granted inter-institutional transfer in courses passed and covering similar course content as those offered in this program. This rule shall not apply to the following units:

  1. Research projects
  2. University common courses
  3. Attachment

 

KCSE Subject Groupings
Group I (compulsory) Group II (Science Subjects) Group III (Humanity Subjects) Group IV (Technical Subjects) Group V (humanity/Art Subjects)
English
Kiswahili
Mathematics A*
Mathematics B#
Physics
Chemistry
Biology
General Science
History and government
Geography
Christian Religious Education
Islamic Religious Education
Hindu Religious Education
Home Science
Art and design
Agriculture
Woodwork
Metalwork
Building construction
Power mechanics
Electricity
Drawing and design
Aviation technology
Computer studies
French
German
Arabic
Kenya Sign Language
Music
Business studies

*Mathematics A is for students who intend to pursue Science programs that require strong mathematical skills

#Mathematics B is for students who intend to pursue Arts, Humanities and Social science programs that do not require core mathematical skills

  Year 1
  Semester 1
 Code Course Title
AAA 3100 Introduction to Agriculture and Food Security
AAP 3102 Introduction to Animal Production
AAB 3100 Introduction to Agribusiness Management
AAB 3101 Introduction to Agricultural Economics
BBE 3100 Principles of Microeconomics
UCU 3101 Development Studies and Social Ethics
UCU 3102 Communication Skills
  Semester 2
AAA 3151 Environmental Science and Agro meteorology
AAB 3150 Agricultural Marketing I
BBE 3153  Macro-economics
BFB 3151 Organizational Theory and Development
SCS 3150 Organic Chemistry
UCU 3103 HIV/AIDS
  Year 2
  Semester 1
 Code Course Title
AAA 3201 Principles of Crop Production
AAA 3203 Soil Science and Plant Nutrition
AAB 3200 Agribusiness Resource Management
BBE 3200 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
BBE 3201 Mathematics for Economists
BFB 3201 Business Law
SMF 3261 Biostatistics
  Semester 2
AAB 3250 Agricultural Production Economics
AAB 3251 Farm Attachment (8 Weeks)
AAP 3257 Introduction to Animal Health
BFC 3226 Introduction to Financial Management
BFC 3228 Principles of Auditing
BFC 3252 Financial Accounting I
BFC 3276 Introduction to Taxation
CIT 3117 Introduction to Computer and Application
  Year 3
  Semester 1
 Code Course Title
AAB 3300 Agriculture and International Trade
AAB 3301 Research Methods
AAB 3302 Agribusiness Management and Ethics
AAB 3303 Agricultural Price Analysis
AAB 3304 Development Economics
BBE 3302 Econometrics
BFB 3350 Strategic Management
BFC 3375 Financial Accounting II
  Semester 2
AAB 3350 Research Project I
AAB 3351 Agricultural Finance
AAB 3352 Industrial Attachment  (8 Weeks)
AAB 3353 Resource Economics and Management
BFC 3227 Cost Accounting
BEC 3357 Monetary Theory and Practices
EMT 3358 Agricultural Mechanization
  Year 4
  Semester 1
 Code Course Title
AAB 3400 Agricultural Project Management and Analysis
AAB 3401 Agricultural Marketing II
AAB 3402 Research Project II
AAB 3403 Agricultural law and Policy
AAE 3452 Agricultural Extension
BBS 3451 Entrepreneurship skills
BFB 3400 Company Law
SMB3425 Operations Research
  Semester 2
AAB 3450 Agricultural Risk Management
AAB 3452 Small Agribusiness Promotion
AAB 3453 Agribusiness Consultancy
AAB 3454 Agribusiness Supply and Value link Analysis
AAB 3455 Cooperative Management and Development
AAB 3456 Management Accounting