Food Industry Management (B.S.)

The Food Industry Management major is an economics-based degree focused on food, hunger, and sustainability — but applicable to any industry and field around the world. 

The major gives students the flexibility to choose courses related to their individual interests in agri-food systems, marketing, food industry sales or global food security.


Core areas of study include:

  • Food and commodity sales.
  • Retail systems and management.
  • Food product and commodity marketing.
  • Micro- and macroeconomics.

Learn more about requirements and courses in Food Industry Management.

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Food Industry Management Graduates


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Data from 2018 MSU Destination Survey of graduating students in this major

Career Opportunities

The food industry employs nearly one in six professionals in the United States with new positions opening daily for analyst, management, marketing and sales positions.

Food Industry Management prepares students for a variety of career paths.

  • Marketing specialist.
  • Data analyst.
  • Brand manager.
  • Distribution and logistics manager.
  • Account executive.
  • Retail store manager.
  • Wholesale and retail buyer.

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with food industry companies, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in related fields.

MSU AFRE student interning at McCormick & Co.'s global headquarters

June 17, 2019

MSU AFRE student Jenny Pendell is interning with McCormick & Co. for summer of 2019. Pendell is studying Food Industry Management.

Sarah Lokey holding a sign that reads AFA Technology Institute

Sarah Lokey: Leading With A Passion For Food

April 11, 2018

MSU AFRE junior Sarah Lokey has found and seized multiple leadership experiences both within the department and at national levels.

Advisor Information

Schedule advising appointments online. Advising is Wednesday afternoons 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. There is no Express Advising during the summer.

Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities.

There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education Club.
  • Collegiate Farm Bureau.
  • Food Marketing Association.
  • Leadership in Environment and Agricultural Fields.
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.
  • National Agri-Marketing Association.

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