AGRIBUSINESS AND FOOD INNOVATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Offered by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in-person at the CSU Spur campus in Denver.

Application, enrollment, and registration are managed through CSU Online.

Master’s in Agribusiness and Food Innovation Management

 

Introduction Content

Who Are We?

The Agribusiness and Food Innovation Management program is offered in-person at Colorado State University’s Spur campus in the vibrant heart of Denver, Colorado. We bring together motivated young professionals from the agricultural and food industries in our masters and certificate programs and train them in core competencies as innovators and entrepreneurs.

We then invite companies, academic scientists, or others to propose to our students a pressing “innovation idea” with the potential to transform some aspect of agriculture and food. Our students then work with one of those idea providers in a year-long practicum project to explore and develop the market potential of that idea, with the aim to launch a new product, service, or even a startup company to commercialize it.

Why Spur?

CSU Spur Denver Campus is a modern day approach to CSU’s land grant mission. 

  • A campus that brings learning to everyone, offers collaborative spaces for research around the most pressing issues of our time, and serves local and global communities.
  • The perfect home for the first-of-its-kind Agribusiness and Food Innovation Management program, preparing leaders to solve local and global challenges
  • A hub for cutting edge coursework, active networking, and practical experience

What We Offer

Full Time Masters Degree

Complete your masters with 35 credits over a 4-term coursework program. Plan on 16 months for completion. Your degree is from CSU’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. 

Part-Time Masters Degree

Complete your masters with 35 credits over an 8-term coursework program. Plan on 28 months for completion. Your degree is from CSU’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. 

Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Complete your certificate with 9 credits over one or more terms. Plan on 4 – 9 months. Your certificate is in partnership with CSU’s College of Business MBA program.

The Practicum Projects

You will gain hands-on, real-world experience through a unique, integrative, team-based, business development practicum project. Based in teams of three or four, your team will choose one of two practicum tracks. In both tracks, you are paired with external partners who are active innovators in science or industry. And you are guided through the practicum by CSU faculty, advisors, and entrepreneur-in-residence mentors.

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The Venture Creation Track

Analyze a new business prospect or invention, develop a business plan, seek to raise capital, and prepare to launch a startup to commercialize the idea.

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The Corporate Partner Track

Engage with a successful agriculture or food company to analyze and develop an innovation within that company’s current offerings or as a new line of business.

Testimonials

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CEO Agribusiness, Agribusiness Heros

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CEO Agribusiness, Agribusiness Heros

Our Industry Partners

Industry Advisory Board Info

Ag, Food, and Water Innovators Network

Alpha Farmers Network

Be an Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Propose a New Practicum Project

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Spurring Discovery In Food And Agriculture

The CSU Spur Campus at Denver’s National Western Center brings together research, teaching and engagement activities in a modern-day approach to the university’s land-grant mission. The public-facing campus celebrates the proud tradition of Colorado agriculture while inspiring innovation with global impact.

At CSU Spur, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Experiment Station collaborate with diverse partners to provide a community-centric, experiential and lifelong learning opportunity focusing on the safety, security and sustainability of food and natural resources to enhance the well-being of humans, plants and animals.