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Overview

A job before you graduate

At Massey many of our agribusiness students have jobs before they even graduate.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Manawatū
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ
  • Other

  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year. Some distance courses contain compulsory contact workshops
  • Subject to CUAP approval

  • Yes

The Bachelor of Agribusiness (Farm Management) prepares you for the demands of the farming business. From strategic to organisational skills, you’ll learn how to build and deliver profitable businesses on a sustainable basis.

Become a multidisciplinary practitioner

You’ll be able to draw from business-related disciplines such as, industrial economics, marketing, supply chain management and finance.

You’ll also gain knowledge in:

  • natural sciences
  • environmental sciences
  • life sciences
  • food security and safety
  • primary production technologies
  • systems and biotechnology.

Put agribusiness into perspective

The discipline of farm management provides the ability to interpret and put into perspective issues affecting farm and agribusiness managers. It offers an understanding of how and why managers make the decisions and what impact those decisions have on their business and the wider industry.

Practical experience while you study

Your learning will focus on real-world case studies and will include field trips to provide experiential learning – from talking to and observing farmers.

You’ll gain a huge amount of practical experience. This 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 and 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 you will have the skills and industry knowledge employers want.

Careers and further study

Careers

The Bachelor of Agribusiness (Farm Management) will prepare you for agribusiness careers anywhere in the world.

Potential careers are in:

  • management of agricultural and horticultural businesses
  • farm consultancy
  • farm extension
  • rural banking and insurance
  • regional/national government
  • farm input suppliers
  • processors and exporters.

You can use the critical skills you gain through this programme to take on a wide variety of careers. You could become a supplier of milk products to the world through Fonterra. You could grow kiwifruit for Zespri to market or produce superfine wool. You could also be a farm or horticultural consultant. Or you could become an agent with Beef+LambNZ or DairyNZ helping farmers to better understand agribusiness.

Your understanding of farmers and farming systems will be invaluable to firms selling products and services to farmers and those purchasing product from farmers. So you could be working as a rural banker, a procurement agent or for a regional council.

International students

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.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

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.

Other requirements

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:

  • agriculture
  • horticulture
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • geography
  • economics
  • modelling
  • statistics.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

Pathway tool

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.

Find your pathway

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.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Courses for this specialisation

Compulsory courses

105 credits
119281 Decision Tools for Primary Industries 15
119358 Agricultural Production Systems 15
119381 Decision-Making in Primary Industry 15
119382 Opportunity Analysis in Primary Industry 15
161140 Agri-Statistics 15
189151 Principles of Soil Science 15
189251 Soil Fertility and Fertilisers 15

15 credits from

15 credits
123103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences 15
123104 Chemistry for Biological Systems 15

15 credits from

15 credits
119231 Agricultural and Horticultural Infrastructure 15
127242 Introduction to Property Valuation 15
138255 Engineering Principles in Food and Fibre Production 15
152261 International Business 15

15 credits from

15 credits
117201 Livestock Production Science 15
117254 Principles of Animal Science and Production 15
285201 Understanding Plant Protection 15

15 credits from

15 credits
283201 Pasture and Crop Agronomy 15
284201 Horticultural Production Systems 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

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 course

‘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.

Minors

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 (Farm Management) 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 Farm Management minor (for students who are studying a different degree)

If you are not studying a Bachelor of Agribusiness (Farm Management) and wish to complete a Farm Management minor see the Bachelor of Agribusiness regulations for requirements. 

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:

  • would like to have a career associated with agriculture or horticulture
  • are interested in the business/commercial side of farming
  • would like to gain a broad range of skills in agribusiness.

Meet our students

Accreditations and rankings

QS Ranking - Agriculture and Forestry

Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand’s No 1 university in agriculture according to QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings.


QS Ranking - Business and Management

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.


ShanghaiRanking - agricultural science

Massey University is ranked No.1 in New Zealand for agricultural science by ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.


Key information for students

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Regulations

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.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

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
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

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.

Estimate workload

Returning students

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.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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