Ranch Management


As a Ranch Management major, you will learn how to make decisions that are economically and ecologically sound. Professional training will help you meet the challenges of the dynamic and rapidly changing careers in agricultural resource management.

  • Get a proven brand of education when you join a highly regarded program that trains a new breed of high-tech, business-savvy agricultural resource managers.
  • Learn proven practices and principles of the ranching industry through intensive classroom instruction and extensive work in the field.
  • Tour agricultural operations and gain firsthand knowledge from people who work in the ranching industry.

Course Examples by Year


Understanding the Earth
Introductory Microeconomics or Macroeconomics


Contemporary Issues in Environmental Science
Business Minor courses


Natural History, Riparian and Wetland Diversity, Weather and Climate, Historical Geology, Geology of National Parks, Soils in the Environment or Geographic Info Systems
Business Minor courses


Ranch Operations & Development
Soil & Water Conservation
Beef Cattle Production
Animal Health Management
Range Management
Ranch Records & Finance
Ranch Business Management
Animal Nutrition & Feeding
Sheep & Goat Production
Animal Health & Reproduction
Marketing of Livestock & Meat
Forage Production & Use
Management Plan Capstone Course

Intended for those students who wish to integrate a business minor with science courses to provide a foundation for Ranch Management studies. Students accepted into the certificate program must also have some previous ranching experience. Students must have a minimum of two years’ ranching experience prior to being formally accepted into the Ranch Management program.

Where Graduates Go

Since 1956, students from more than 40 states and 22 countries have studied in TCU’s ranch management program. In the past several decades, career opportunities for agricultural resource managers have rapidly expanded to include not only ranch management but also diverse areas such as commodity investment, agricultural marketing and international agricultural trade.