Master of Agriculture (Agriculture)

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Join New Zealand’s no.1 university for agriculture

Elevate your career with Massey’s Master of Agriculture.

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What is it like?

The Master of Agriculture is a professional master's programme, specifically tailored for people working in the primary industries who may be seeking an appointment to a senior position or taking on a leadership role in an agricultural-related industry.

The MAgriculture (Agriculture) offers a wide range of subjects including animal science, pastoral science, crop science, soil science, weed science, agroforestry, agricultural systems and agricultural engineering.

Award-winning facilities

Massey’s Manawatū campus hosts the only multi-function teaching laboratories in Australasia. The labs, built in 2010, won a Best Practice Award for Innovation at the Association for Tertiary Education Management conference in Australia and was shortlisted for the international UKS-Lab awards.

Massey University has a wide range of other facilities which are available for use by postgraduate students. Dairy, sheep and beef and deer farms are located adjacent to the Palmerston North campus. In addition, a number of research facilities are also available, including the Pasture and Crop Research Unit, the Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre, Massey AgriFood Technology Partnership, the Plant Growth Unit, the Equine hospital, the Life Cycle Management Centre, Massey University farms and Seed Tech Services, an ISTA-accredited seed testing laboratory.

Join a world-leading agriculture university

Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand’s No 1 university in agriculture according to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds)rankings and ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Our proud record dates back to 1927 when we offered New Zealand’s first degrees in agriculture and horticulture.

As a student, you will benefit from our internationally recognised capability and leadership in this area.

A unique project

Course work will include taught material and a unique professionally focused research project. This project will take place in the work force, helping you produce a relevant, industry-related piece of work that will be immediately useful to you and the industry upon completion.

World-leading lecturers and industry-relevance

As a student of the Master of Agriculture you will have access to lecturers and supervisors acknowledged as being among the best in the world. Massey University has very good industry contacts, facilitating research with a commercial context. Collaboration between Massey University and adjacent Crown Research Institutes offers unrivalled advantages to postgraduate students’ access to specialised skills, equipment and networking opportunities.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding, empowering you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

If you are interested in a more traditional research-based master's, our Master of Science (Agricultural Science) may be more suitable for you.

 

A good fit if you:

  • Are working in an agriculture-related industry and wish to progress your career to a senior level
  • Are passionate about the agricultural industry
  • Have an undergraduate qualification in a related area with a B grade average in your 300 level courses

Careers

Complementing your existing skills with advanced knowledge, analytical, project management and communication skills will be valued by a wide range of agricultural organisations particularly in supervisory and management roles.

The primary industries are a growing sector and there are great employment and business opportunities for suitably qualified graduates.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Occupational Outlook indicates that employment prospects are good in all primary industry sectors. The New Zealand Immigration service has also included a wide range of primary industry jobs in the skills shortage list, particularly in supervisory and management roles.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

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