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.

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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

See career outcomes for MSU food industry management graduates, including salaries, top employers and employment locations.

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.

Q&A with FIM Senior Jillian Jacobs

April 12, 2020

Jillian Jacobs is a senior majoring in Food Industry Management and was recently awarded one of AFRE's "Outstanding Senior" awards.

Alumni Highlights: Paul Vilker '14

March 31, 2020

We interviewed MSU AFRE Food Industry Management alumnus Paul Vilker 14' about his time in the program and how it helped prepare him for his current job.

Food Industry Management Advisors

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

More details: MSU Student Information System resources.

Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are education 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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