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Master of Agribusiness

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not all courses available each year
  • Name change from Master of AgriCommerce
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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.

What is it like?

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

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 in the Master of Agribusiness 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.

Join a world-leading university

When you study agribusiness at Massey you’ll gain from our expertise across relevant agribusiness-related skills.

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

Our proud record dates back to 1927 when we offered New Zealand’s first degrees in agriculture and horticulture. Our expertise in agricultural and environmental systems is supported by the Centre for Farm Business Excellence.

Massey University also has a focus on food - we were the first university to offer a food technology degree and today are the host of FoodHQ, the Palmerston North based centre for collaborative food research.

We are also ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration programmes by ShanghaiRanking and in the top 250 by QS.

A relevant qualification

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 research topics that specifically address relevant strategic issues and the specifics of organisational/managerial/governance/operational problems.

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.

Relevant international knowledge

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.

Take less of your time

This qualification is 180 credits, which means you can complete full-time in 1.5 years, or two and a half to five years full time.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Agribusiness will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Achieved at a high level in your undergraduate degree in agricommerce, business or agriculture
  • Would like to undertake in-depth research
  • Are in an agribusiness-related industry and wish to move up the hierarchy in your career
Felix Rodriguez-Firpo
Graduated in 2019
Research Technician at DairyNZ and Research Assistant at Massey University

“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…”

While I was at Massey, 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. I was also able to meet farmers and industry-related professionals, some of which I am directly working for now.

My research was a continuation of a project focused on Future Dairy Farm Systems. I developed a bio-economic analytical framework which I empirically applied on a case study dairy farm using FARMAX® whole-farm system modelling tool.

In a world that is rapidly changing, education is an investment that is fundamental to understanding development and growth. Even though postgraduate study is a big journey, the reward is incredible and I am just starting to experience the fruits of my studies.

My current role involves measuring and monitoring a group of dairy farms that are part of a trial aiming to encourage farmers to profitably incorporate a perennial herb (plantain) into their farm systems.


There is growing demand for professional skills in the primary industries.. The 2014 MPI People Powered report forecast growing demand and up to 50,000 more jobs in this sector.

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.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s agribusiness staff are renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with specialists, for example:

Professor Nicola Shadbolt

Nicola Shadbolt is 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.  She and her graduates are widely published in international publications such as the International Food & Agribusiness Management Review  and the International Journal of Agricultural Management.

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