Food and Agricultural Business

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Food is big business. It is Canada's second largest industry, and in Ontario one in every five jobs is food-related. In the Food and Agricultural Business (FAB) major of the Bachelor of Commerce degree program, you will develop the management skills you'll need to succeed in today's agribusiness industry.

You will explore all areas of management, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, production, organizational behaviour, policy planning and implementation. Your degree will also prepare you for further studies leading to a professional accounting designation or graduate school. This program is fully accredited by the Agricultural Institute of Canada. Co-op opportunities are available. This program is offered and administered by the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics in conjunction with the College of Business and Economics.

Admission Requirements

Ontario secondary school students applying to the program require English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), 1 additional 4U math, and 3 additional 4U or 4M courses. Students that are mature, transfer, or applying from outside Ontario should visit the admission requirements page to learn about their requirements.

Learn More

Join us on November 3 for our Online Business & Economics Program Information Night, to learn more about OAC's agricultural and food business-related programs. This event will include a program presentation and panel including current students, recent alumni, and faculty to answer all your questions!

Learn more and register for the Online Business & Economics Program Information night here.

Unique Courses

  • Agrifood Markets and Policy
  • Food and International Development
  • Strategic Management
  • Food & Agri Marketing Management
  • World Agriculture, Food Security and Economic Development
  • Economic Statistics

Full course descriptions and a listing of all courses, can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.


A co-op option is available for students studying in the FAB major. Students are required to complete three co-op work terms as part of this five-year degree. Working with Co-operative Education and Career Services, students receive support in applying for positions and completing work terms. The co-op experience improves students’ job search skills, work performance and networking abilities, while they explore career opportunities and make money. Learn more about co-op here.

Career Opportunities

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Agronomy Specialist
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Procurement /Purchasing Agent
  • Sales Development/Area Marketing Specialist

What Students are Saying

Sometimes the best way to learn about a program is through meeting a current student. Meet them here: 

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"A great thing about my program and the FARE department is the opportunities they provide. In my third year I chose to join the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA) student chapter team. Our team of 15 University of Guelph students worked extremely hard all year to create a product and marketing plan that presented a benefit for an agricultural producer." -Tim Shuh, food and agricultural business student

Read the rest of  Tim's profile here.

Learn about other student experiences through the following student profiles:

What Grads are Doing

Want to know what types of exciting careers our graduates have? Meet a few here:

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"The thing I like the most about working in the dairy industry is that farmers are so keen to try new things and do what it takes to improve efficiency. They are always striving to learn more and do better and its fun going along for the ride with them. " -Thomas Scott, Dairy Account Manager

Read the rest of Thomas's profile here.

Learn about other alumni through the following profiles:

Learn About the Perks

Join a dynamic industry.

Careers in food and agriculture are unique and flexible. FAB graduates become leaders in the food, agriculture and business sectors.

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Enhance your skillset.

Join student groups like CAMA, where you'll gain practical experience in agricultural marketing and networking with industry professionals. 

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Access funding support. 

OAC offers a range of scholarships, bursaries, awards and travel grants. In 2020, 687 awards were given out totaling over $1.5 million!

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Our OAC Student Liaison team is here to help! Have you applied to or are you considering this program, but have some questions? Find answers to our most frequently asked questions here.

Still have questions/inquires? Ask us! Our team of program experts will happily answer your questions or direct them to the people who can. Ask your questions here.