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A sought-after qualification
Many of our agribusiness students have jobs before they even graduate.
- Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
- 3 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
- Available for international students studying in NZ
- Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year. Some distance courses contain compulsory contact workshops.
Massey’s Bachelor of Agribusiness (Rural Valuation) will help you build the skills you need to have a successful career in today’s rural property market. Whether it’s a dairy farm sale, estimation of orchard capital value, or getting a bank loan to purchase a new farm, almost every financial transaction involving land requires a valuation to support it.
You’ll learn about land-based systems and agribusiness. You’ll gain specialist valuation knowledge preparing you for opportunities in the rural property industry.
A relevant programme
Visiting a wide range of farm properties is an integral part of the programme. This is essential to the relevance of your study of farm management, investment and valuation. You’ll also learn the communication skills you’ll need to operate within the industry and to work effectively with future clients.
You will cover a range of topics relevant to rural valuation such as property markets, resource management, property law and building technology.
Practical experience while you study
During your degree you will gain a huge amount of practical experience. This experience will include at least 26 weeks of paid employment undertaken in agriculture and related sectors.
A growing, innovative industry
New Zealand’s economy is dominated by agriculture and food. It generates tens of billions in export earnings a year. International demand is predicted to continue to grow.
Relevant international knowledge
Massey’s Agribusiness programme aligns itself with agribusiness industries throughout the world. This ensures our graduates have the skills and industry knowledge employers want today, and in the future.
Careers and further study
The Bachelor of AgriCommerce (Rural Valuation) provides the knowledge, skills and competencies to be a registered valuer. But there are also other exciting career opportunities in the rural property sector. Examples include:
- private practice firms as a generalist rural valuer
- a specialist valuer with expertise in a class of property
- farm consultancy, property management planning
- rural banking
- insurance companies as a rural consultant
- real estate firms as a rural agent.
The requirements of lending institutions, local authorities, rental assessments, insurance valuations, and asset valuations for company accounts generate the bulk of valuation work in New Zealand.
The Property Institute of New Zealand (PINZ) is the professional organisation that you will most likely join as a rural valuation graduate. PINZ is closely involved with the development of Massey's courses and actively encourages students to get involved in the affairs of the local branch and become a member of the organisation.
New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.
Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.
As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
To be successful in your studies we recommend that you have credit for NCEA Level 3 in at least some of the below subject areas:
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
If you do not have the entry requirements
If you are unsure whether you have the right background/subjects to study this programme, our tool will help you to figure out what you might need to do before starting your qualification.
English language and foundation courses
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
- English Language Proficiency
- Foundation Certificate in Academic English
- Foundation Certificate in Advanced Academic English
- Full Foundation - Certificate in Foundation Studies
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
Courses and planning
- Core courses – 135 credits
- Major courses – 165 credits
- Electives – 60 credits
- 26 weeks of practical work experience and reports
Ensure that overall, you have:
- No more than 165 credits at 100 level
- At least 75 credits at 300 level
You could replace electives with a minor.
Courses for this specialisation
|119281||Decision Tools for Primary Industries||15|
|119381||Decision-Making in Primary Industry||15|
|119382||Opportunity Analysis in Primary Industry||15|
|127100||Introduction to Property and Real Estate||15|
|127242||Introduction to Property Valuation||15|
|155201||Law of Property||15|
|189151||Principles of Soil Science||15|
|218102||Construction Technology and Services I||15|
15 credits from
|123103||Chemistry for Modern Sciences||15|
|123104||Chemistry for Biological Systems||15|
15 credits from
|127378||Property Economics and Planning||15|
Planning your programme
If you study full-time, in your first year, you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.
If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.
‘Capstone’ courses are designed to be taken in your last year of study. This relies on you having completed the correct first and second year courses and ties your learning together. The capstone course for this qualification is 119.373 Integrative Studies
Practical work requirement
There is a practical work requirement for this degree, consisting of at least 26 weeks full-time work. This is completed by submission of two reports for assessment. Practical work is normally done during summer vacations throughout the degree. Summer jobs are readily available on farms, orchards and other rural enterprises.
115.112 Accounting for Business
115.113 Economics of Business
127.100 Introduction to Property and Real Estate
117.153 Introduction to Animal Production in New Zealand
119.180 Introduction to Agribusiness
119.120 Plants for Agriculture and Horticulture
189.151 Principles of Soil Science
112.248 Food and Agribusiness Value Chains
115.114 Finance Fundamentals
115.211 Business Law
119.150 Practicum I *
119.281 Decision Tools for Primary Industriesi
127.242 Introduction to Property Valuation
218.102 Construction Technology & Services I
And two elective courses (maximum of one course at 100-level)
119.250 Practicum II*
155.201 Law of Property
119.381 Decision-Making in Primary Industry
119.382 Opportunity Analysis
127.356 Rural Valuation
119.373 Integrative Studies
One course from:
127.378 Property Economics and Planning
132.221 Planning Studies
And two elective courses (must be 200-level or higher of which one course must be 300-level (unless taking 127.378 in which case both can be 200-level)).
*26 weeks of relevant practical work (2 x 13 week blocks of full time work). Work to be completed the summer prior to writing the reports.
Completing a minor is optional. Minors increase the breadth of your degree. They give you extra knowledge, attributes and capabilities.
A minor must be in a different subject from your major.
A Bachelor of Agribusiness (Rural Valuation) with a minor
You may choose a minor from any University undergraduate degree that has recognised minors. If the minor is from another undergraduate degree, the regulations of that programme will apply.
A Rural Valuation minor (for students who are studying a different degree)
If you are not studying a Bachelor of Agribusiness (Rural Valuation) and wish to complete Rural Valuation minor see the Bachelor of Agribusiness regulations for the requirements of this minor.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and finance
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
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.
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
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.
A good fit if you:
- are interested in the changing value of farmland
- think you would enjoy working with farmers to enhance their business
- would like to have a career associated with agriculture or horticulture.
Meet our students
Upon completion of my degree I found it very easy to get a job. There is high demand for agriculture students in general, but more so for rural valuation students.” Cameron Walker
Accreditations and rankings
The Bachelor of Business (Property) and Bachelor of Agribusiness (Rural Valuation) are accredited by the Property Institute of New Zealand (PINZ). Suitably qualified students may apply to PINZ to obtain registration in their selected field of expertise. Registration requires the necessary qualifications and at least 3 years practical experience in a selected field of expertise.
Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand’s No 1 university in agriculture according to QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings.
Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.
Massey University is ranked No.1 in New Zealand for agricultural science by ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.
Suitably qualified students may apply to the Valuers’ Registration Board to obtain registration as a valuer. Registration (recognised as a minimum standard of competence) requires the valuer be 23 years of age, have the necessary qualifications and a minimum 3 years practical valuing experience. Registration is covered in the Valuers Act (1948).
Key information for students
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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.
Applying and enrolling
Applying for the programme
Check you are ready
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.
Choose your programme and click on Apply now
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.
Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place
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.
Enrolling in courses
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:
- prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
- corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
- restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
- location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.
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.
What are courses and credits?
What are courses and credits?
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.
- See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
- Courses search
Understanding course numbers
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:
- sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
- undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
- as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.
Workload and time management
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
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.