UC Davis MBA Food Industry TrackNo. 1 Ranked in Agriculture

Food and Ag Program
Gain insights and expertise from senior executives from top companies and UC Davis faculty experts

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We are launching a first-of-its-kind program focused on food and agriculture innovation, combining our business expertise and corporate partner network with UC Davis’ global leadership in food, nutrition and agriculture.

Ranked #1 nationally in agriculture

The quarter-long, co-curricular program will accelerate your knowledge of the operations and sustainable practices in a multi-faceted, global industry. Agribusiness must find ways to make the process of growing and meeting the rising demand for food more efficient while aligning with society’s environmental needs.

Fast Facts

  • Attend eight, half-day Saturday sessions
  • Taught by senior executives from leading food and agribusiness corporations
  • Gain hands-on experience each week, teaming with MBA and agricultural sciences students in problem-solving sessions
  • Capitalize on Sacramento region as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital
  • Coordinated by innovation expert Professor Andrew Hargadon, faculty director of the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Earn one-unit independent study credit with completion of optional project

You’ll learn from top industry executives about:

  • Growth and new developments in the seed industry
  • Food innovation
  • Food distribution and trends
  • Food regulation
  • Food sustainability from Mars, Inc.

Team up on real-world, hands-on company projects
and get ready to make a difference.

2017 Session Schedule

Sessions are on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Gallagher Hall in Davis.  The dates are April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20 and June 3. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.


Space is limited and interested students apply by submitting a current résumé and one-page essay that answers these questions:

  • Why are you interested in the program?
  • What related background or experience do you bring to the program?
  • What do you most hope to gain from the program?

To apply, submit your résumés and essays to Carin Hotaling at clhotaling@ucdavis.edu as soon as possible but no later than Wednesday, March 29.  You will hear within one week of submitting your application.

Academic Credit Option: MBA students can earn one unit of academic credit by registering for MGT498 with Professor Andrew Hargadon, faculty lead for the program, and completing the additional written assignments. (Note: you don’t have to take the one-unit course to enroll in the program.)