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A sought-after qualification

Many of our agribusiness students have jobs before they even graduate.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Manawatū
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Duration

  • 3 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • 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.

Note: This programme may have an on-campus or in-person requirement and therefore requires that students submit a current My Vaccine Pass on enrolment.

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 Agribusiness (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.

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


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:

  • 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 qualifications 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

Credit summary

360 credits

  • 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

Compulsory courses

135 credits
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
127356 Rural 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
132221 Planning Studies 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.

Course planning

Year One

115.112 Accounting for Business

115.113 Economics for 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

123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences or 123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems

189.151 Principles of Soil Science

Year Two

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)

Year Three

119.250 Practicum II*

155.201 Law of Property

119.381 Decision-Making in Primary Industry

119.382 Opportunity Analysis in Primary Industry

127.356 Rural Valuation

119.373 Integrative Studies

127.378 Property Economics and Planning

And two elective courses (must be 200-level or higher).

*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 major or degree)

If you are not studying a Bachelor of Agribusiness (Rural Valuation) and wish to complete a 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?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

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 can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

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

Accreditations and rankings

Property Institute of New Zealand (PINZ)

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.

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.

VRB - Valuers Registration Board

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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To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations or this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate 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

Scholarships related to this programme

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