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Master of Agriculture

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Join the new world of agriculture

Elevate your career with the Master of Agriculture.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

If you are passionate about the primary industries, Massey University’s new Master of Agriculture will help you progress your career.

Join a world-leading agriculture university

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

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.

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

What will you learn?

Your study will cover a wide range of topics including related environmental, consumer and policy issues in areas like:

  • Agribusiness
  • Extension and consultancy
  • Animal science
  • Management of primary systems
  • Life cycle management
  • Soil science
  • Agricultural plants
  • Plant health
  • Equine

As well as subject-related skills, you will gain and/or improve your critical analysis, project management and communication skills. You will learn how to integrate science, new and emerging technologies and sustainable management to resolve issues relevant to the primary industries.

Subject specialisations

The Master of Agriculture may be endorsed in agriculture; horticulture; equine or life cycle management.

A unique project

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

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.

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. Collaboration between Massey University and adjacent Crown Research Institutes offers unrivalled advantages to postgraduate students’ access to specialised skills, equipment and networking opportunities.

Become a sought-after employee

Studying towards your master's is a satisfying and challenging process that will give you a sought-after postgraduate qualification.

For students with previous postgraduate qualifications, such as the BAgriScience (Hons), this is a one year programme based entirely on a research project and thesis. Otherwise you may choose the Master of Science (Agricultural Science) as a more in-depth research option.


A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate qualification in a related area with a B grade average in your 300 level courses
  • Want to progress your career in the primary industries to a more senior level


The primary industries are growing 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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