Student Profile

Thadd Fosdick
Class of '11

Thadd Fosdick is a 2011 graduate of the Agricultural Production PSM program, with a focus in Animal Production.  Thadd added to his agriculture knowledge by completing his internship with Pioneer Hybrids as a production intern. His undergraduate degree is in Animal Sciences from Illinois.  Having a diverse background helps Thadd daily in his current role as Farm Manager for Farmers National Company in Bloomington, Illinois.  Thadd oversees the management of agricultural assets for absentee land owners and assists clients with real estate needs.  Thadd finds equitable leasing solutions for his clients and operators. He is also an integral member of his family-owned farm, Fosdick Cattle, where they rause and show Limousin and Lim-Flex cattle. 

Business Curriculum

The Illinois PSM business curriculum addresses essential knowledge and skills for managerial and leadership roles. Business courses – combined with the PSM seminar series and the internship – differentiate the Illinois PSM from other research-focused M.S. degree programs. 

The business curriculum is delivered in partnership with the University of Illinois’ College of Business.

Five principal themes define the Illinois PSM business curriculum:

  • business fundamentals – marketing, strategy, and entrepreneurship;
  • financial – accounting and finance;
  • project and process management,
  • workplace dynamics – leadership, teams, and organizational behavior; and
  • law and regulation.

Students complete one to two business courses each semester. Courses are typically two credit-hours, each meeting for one-half of the semester. Courses within a semester are taken sequentially, i.e., only one is taken at a time.

The specific courses vary by term and are announced in advance.

To ensure the relevance and timeliness of the business curriculum, courses may be changed and new courses may be added.

For more information or to discuss the Illinois PSM business curriculum, contact Natalie Bosecker, Illinois PSM director, at PSMdegree@illinois.edu or (217) 265-5363.

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