Student Profile

Miranda (Morgan) Buss
Class of '12

Miranda (Morgan) Buss grew up in a farming family in Illinois. She earned a bachelor’s degree in crop science at Illinois before enrolling in the Illinois PSM’s plant biology (now plant biotechnology) program. Her interest in science plus business led to internships with both AGCO Corporation in Duluth, Georgia and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board in Bloomington, Illinois. After earning her M.S. degree, she joined AGCO as marketing specialist, working with high horsepower tractors and seeding and tillage equipment.  Miranda recently moved back to Illinois to join the Illinois PSM program as Assistant Director.

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.

Banner Image: 

Celebrating our Sesquicentennial 1867-2017