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Join the growing agribusiness sector
The number of jobs in the agribusiness sector are growing and those with both agriculture and management skills will be sought-after.
Agribusiness is about understanding the different disciplines, issues and solutions across the whole of the food and fibre value chain. It is about the interdependence of the huge variety of companies and institutions that work in, or influence the agricultural sector.
The Master of Management (Agribusiness) is a relevant, contemporary qualification, with a unique core of courses that focus on the key business skills of communication, understanding current issues in business and on the fundamentals of agribusiness.
New Zealand’s primary industries are growing rapidly. Current estimates expect upwards of 50,000 additional employees will be needed in New Zealand by 2030 across all levels. Many of these will be at managerial level.
Industry have been consulted widely to develop this major, so your learning will be relevant.
Management involves both being able to work independently and make management decisions, but also being able to work with and direct teams of people. Those people could be within your organisation, or external clients and stakeholders.
As well as gaining in-depth insights into the discipline that you choose, this qualification will also teach you transferable communication and investigative skills.
You will also learn how to work independently and in teams and to interact effectively with colleagues, clients and other professionals in the field.
The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools and is AACSB accredited. Our proud record in agriculture dates back to 1927 when we offered New Zealand’s first degrees in agriculture and horticulture.
The Master of Management is a rigorous programme, where students are expected to achieve at a high level. This is reflected in the quality of our graduates, and contributes to the reputation of the qualification. It is a professional qualification.
You will learn from our business experts – Massey University has the largest and one of the most highly respected management schools in New Zealand.
The Master of Management can facilitate your progress into a management role. Or it can help you progress to a higher level of management.
Current estimates expect upwards of 50,000 additional agribusiness employees will be needed in New Zealand by 2030 across all levels. Many of these will be at managerial level, expected to both understand agriculture and have the business and management skills to help it operate effectively.
International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.
A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates found that in New Zealand:
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Master of Management you will have:
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
From the Schedule to the Degree including:
Part One Subject courses
Part Two Professional Practice course
A specialisation (subject) is compulsory and requires 150 credits. This includes compulsory subject courses and a 60 credit professional practice course.
Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements may be able to complete this degree in 120 credits.
Attend field trips, contact workshops, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.
There are regulations around completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
|178740||Global Food Markets and Trade||15|
|178742||Environmental Economics for Non-Economists||15|
|178743||Contemporary Agribusiness Management||30|
|112702||International Agri-Food Marketing Strategies||15|
|112743||Cooperative Governance and Management||15|
|119731||Topics in Agricultural Extension and Consultancy||15|
|152702||Advanced Strategic Management||30|
|152707||Leading and Changing Organisations||30|
|152725||Building Export and Import Businesses||30|
|156700||Essentials of Marketing||30|
|188751||Advanced Zero Waste for Sustainability||30|
|235702||Māori Resource and Environmental Management - Whenua||15|
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
If you have a Postgraduate Diploma in Business, or equivalent, with a B- grade average, and gain admission to the 120 credit version of the Master of Management, you will complete 120 credits from one subject. These 120 credits will consist of 60 credits from Part One and 60 credits of Professional Practice.
There are time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, or Distinction or Merit.
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
Nicola Shadbolt is a Professor of Farm & Agribusiness Management and the DairyNZ Chair in Farm Business Management. She holds board positions in the International Food & Agribusiness Management Association, Fonterra Cooperative and various farming entities. Her research includes a specific focus on strategic management, farm business analysis and risk and resilience in farming systems. Parallel research related to off-farm strategies has focused on collective action by landowners, in particular through the formation, management and governance of cooperatives.Nicola Shadbolt
Professor of Farm & AgriBusiness Management
Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.
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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
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For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.