Master in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness (Thesis Track) / Program Overview

Ø Background to the program and subject area:

The Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension was established in 1973 at the College of Agriculture. It offered teaching courses in economics, statistics and farm management and extension for Agriculture college students. A study plan has been developed for agricultural economics and extension students.  A program for MSc. was introduced in the academic year 1985-86. As a result of the restructuring of the departments of the Faculty of Agriculture in 1998, the Department was renamed to become the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management and the study plan was modified to cope with the new trends

The department includes 8 faculty members who teach and research in the areas of agricultural production economics and policy analysis, economic and rural development and agricultural business management, finance and marketing. The Department provides courses; in particular, principles of economics, statistics, extension, and management for other students in other departments

A computer lab was set up in the department during the academic year 2005 - 2006. The aim of establishing the lab is to build the capability of the students to better using computer applications for various courses that need to process applications in the computer.  In addition to the possibility of using the computer lab at the university and the College of Agriculture.the lab has begun providing some courses on the Internet and is being used as a key communication line (i.e. via dedicated email and web pages) between faculty and students, by which educational materials and exercises are provided and exchanged…



Ø Vision statements of the program:

To provide students with agricultural education, research and extension and to maintain a leading position in agribusiness development on local, regional and international levels.…


Ø Mission statements of the program:

To provide students  with economic knowledge and management and analytical skills for implementing economic decision for optimal allocation of natural resources in the agribusiness sector,  and distribution of agricultural products to promote sustainable development rural communities and protecting the environment…


Ø Program Aims:

Ø  To provide the needed economic expertise, the results of scientific research and specialized economic studies to farms, companies and local, regional and international institutions.

Ø  The development in the field of environmental concerns in different societies, which requires assessment and valuation of environmental impact from an economic point of view.

Ø  The significant importance of food security at the domestic level to accommodate the steady increase in population growth.

Ø  The prominence of economic analysis in different agricultural projects.

Ø  The families'/ consumer's needs for having high quality food within limited income, considering the variety of alternatives available to satisfy family desires. This requires the joint efforts of all stockholders, including the department staff, to provide research results for agricultural economists and agricultural extension agents.

Ø  The international attention on the sustainability of agricultural resources i.e water and land resources; and this is a global need only could be achieved the contentious development in agricultural economics and management.

The need to develop extension programs and agricultural communication​