Relevant skills for New Zealand and global agribusiness
Gain skills and knowledge sought by employers in New Zealand and internationally and help address global challenges in the rapidly evolving feed, food and fibre industries.
- Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
- 1.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
- Available for international students studying in NZ
- Not all courses available each year. Name change from Master of AgriCommerce.
Massey’s Master of Agribusiness is an internationally recognised qualification. You will gain the research and professional skills required across the value chain from farm production to food marketing.
Key skills you will learn include:
- advanced knowledge of agribusiness and agri-food value chains
- solving real world complex problems by application of appropriate methodologies
- communicating clearly the results of investigations
- working effectively in small teams and applying advanced knowledge of agribusiness to effective solutions to agribusiness issues in an ethical and culturally appropriate way.
The Master of Agribusiness is a research-focused degree with a dissertation component. Our close links with industry and agribusiness faculty globally will help you identify relevant research topics that specifically address strategic issues.
Massey’s agribusiness programme aligns itself with agribusiness industries throughout the world - ensuring our graduates have the skills and industry knowledge employers want today, and in the future.
Careers and further study
Join industry at a senior level
New Zealand’s economy is dominated by agriculture and food - it generates approximately 70% of the country’s export earnings a year and international demand is predicted to continue to grow. Join the large group of Massey students that have secured jobs before they graduate. They have gone on to become leaders in the industry in New Zealand and internationally.
There is growing demand for professional skills in the primary industries. There is increasing demand for people in occupations with higher qualifications in this sector.
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.
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.
Master of Agribusiness 180 credits
To enter the Master of Agribusiness (180 credits) you will have been awarded or qualified for:
- a bachelor's degree in agriculture or a business-related subject with a B+ grade average or higher over the qualifying 300-level courses, or equivalent,
- a bachelor's degree, or equivalent, with a B+ grade average or higher over the qualifying 300-level courses and at least three years of relevant work experience.
If you are applying with the work experience option above, you will supply a curriculum vitae (CV) to support your application.
Master of Agribusiness 120 credits
To enter the Master of Agribusiness (120 credits) you will have been awarded or qualified for:
- a Bachelor of AgriCommerce/Agribusiness with Honours with Second Class Honours, Division I or higher or equivalent, or
- a Postgraduate Diploma in Agribusiness with a B+ grade average or higher, or equivalent.
This qualification includes a 90 credit thesis. Please provide a short summary of your research interests (200 words or less) when you apply for this qualification.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
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
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.
Courses and planning
From the Schedule to the Degree including:
Electives from the Schedule
This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.
Ensure that overall, you have no more than 30 credits of Special Topic or professional development courses.
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.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
Courses for this programme
|112702||International Agri-Food Marketing Strategies||15|
|112747||International Food and Agribusiness Strategies||15|
|112743||Cooperative Governance and Management||15|
|119731||Topics in Agricultural Extension and Consultancy||15|
|119752||Advanced Farm and Horticultural Management||15|
|178740||Global Food Markets and Trade||15|
|178742||Environmental Economics for Non-Economists||15|
|239885||Thesis 90 Credit Part 1||45|
|239886||Thesis 90 Credit Part 2||45|
Planning your programme
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
The Master of Agribusiness is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.
For progression from Part One to Part Two you will achieve a grade average of B+ or higher over the first 60 credits undertaken for Part One.
Master of Agribusiness 120 credits
If you are admitted with a BAgriCommerce (Hons) or PGDipAgribusiness, you can complete the Master of Agribusiness in at least 120 credits, including at least 90 credits from Part Two.
Maximum time limits for completion
There are maximum 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.
Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit
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, Distinction or Merit.
- Look for information under ‘Student Progression’ in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.
- Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
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:
- achieved at a high level in your undergraduate degree in agricommerce/agribusiness, business or agriculture
- achieved a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and have completed at least three years of relevant work experience.
- would like to investigate and solve real world complex issues, through in-depth research.
Meet our students
“I was extremely fortunate to have a supervisory team of leading lecturers in their field, who were incredibly supportive and encouraged me to challenge myself and achieve the most I possibly could…”” Felix Rodriguez-Firpo
Research Technician at DairyNZ and Research Assistant at Massey University
Meet our lecturers
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
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.
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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 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
- Charles Elgar Scholarship
- Johannes August Anderson Postgraduate Scholarship
- Rongotea Lions Club Student Assistance Fund
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.