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BBA - Agribusiness as a major

Do you like numbers and enjoy looking for trends behind hard data to make better business decisions? This specialist degree will give you the sought-after analytical skills you need for a professional career in economics or the financial sector.

In a small country like New Zealand, successful agribusiness relies on understanding how to manage complex value chains within competitive global markets. Studying Agribusiness at Waikato University puts you in the heartland of New Zealand's leading agriculture-based export industries, learning from experts.

Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (International): $27,165 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Faculty/s:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.
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Career opportunities

  • Dairy business manager
  • Agri-consultant
  • Agri-food business adviser
  • Agri-technician
  • Nutrient specialist
  • Agribusiness entrepreneur
  • Government  policy adviser
  • Rural banking adviser

Agribusiness incorporates all business and associated organisations that are part of the agricultural sector. In a small, remote economy such as New Zealand successful agribusiness relies on the ability to understand the operation of competitive global markets, sustainable farm systems, international marketing and the management of complex and extended supply chains. Agribusiness builds knowledge and skills in management and economics of particular relevance to the agribusiness sector.

Agribusiness is available as a minor.

To complete a minor in Agribusiness students must complete 60 points including at least 30 points above 100 level from AGBUS papers, including AGBUS101.

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCTN101Accounting for Management18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper explains that accounting is an important social practice; an integral aspect of organisational management and covers both the technical aspects of the provision and use of accounting information.
AGBUS101Agri-Food Business18A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the business of food in modern society. It covers the production, processing, trade, and consumption of food, while emphasising their economic, environmental, and social impacts.
ECONS101Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper offers insights into the behaviour of consumers, firms and the government within the economy, giving students skills in analysing and predicting the actions of individuals and businesses.
FINAN101Introduction to Finance18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the three core areas of finance -- financial management, investments, and capital markets and institutions. The paper also examines applications of corporate finance concepts to personal finance.
MGSYS101Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper explores the dual concepts of digital business and supply chain management. The interactive lectures help in developing critical thinking skills and highlight many topical case studies.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
AGBUS201Agriculture, Food and the Environment18A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the environmental impacts of food systems. Sustainable production, processing, trade, and consumption patterns are explored. Their links to the social context of food are reinforced.
AGBUS202Food and the Consumer18B (Hamilton)
Students will learn about food systems from the perspective of the consumer including: Demand analysis/product differentiation, preferences for non-taste attributes (e.g. organic/free-range) and analytical tools used to assess food preferences.
ECONS205Data Analytics with Business Applications18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper introduces various data analytical methods and illustrates their business and economics applications, showing how to use data to communicate more convincingly and to produce better-informed business decisions.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
AGRI304Advanced New Zealand Agribusiness18B (Hamilton)
An exploration of the governance and performance of agribusiness domestically and internationally.
AGRI306Financial Analysis for Agribusiness18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
An exploration of agribusiness financial management addressing issues associated with production, investment and valuation.
AGRI390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
This paper involves supervised study of a topic in Agribusiness. Typically the directed study involves critical review of the literature on the chosen topic, and writing a substantive paper, analysing the literature. Components of the paper should be in a style suitable for publication.
ECON306International Trade and Finance18A (Hamilton)
This paper considers theoretical and policy issues in relation to international trade and finance.
ECON308Managerial Economics and StrategyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
INMG311The International Business EnvironmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
INMG317Doing Business InternationallyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MKTG353International MarketingThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MSYS377Supply Chain Management18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers concepts important in the management of purchasing, operations, distribution and logistics. It addresses supply chain integration issues related to the production and delivery of products and services to the customer.

400 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
AGRI404Advanced New Zealand Agribusiness18B (Hamilton)
An exploration of the governance and performance of agribusiness domestically and internationally.
AGRI406Financial Analysis for Agribusiness18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
An exploration of agribusiness financial management addressing issues associated with production, investment and valuation.
AGRI490Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
This paper involves supervised study of a topic in Agribusiness. Typically the directed study involves critical review of the literature on the chosen topic, and writing a substantive paper, analysing the literature and producing insights. Components of the paper should be in a style suitable for publication.
AGRI495Industry Experience 4This paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
AGRI499Report of an Investigation18D (Hamilton), 18E (Hamilton), 18F (Hamilton), 18G (Hamilton), 18H (Hamilton), 18I (Hamilton), 18J (Hamilton), 18K (Hamilton), 18L (Hamilton) & 18M (Hamilton)
Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS degree.
ECON406International Trade and Finance18A (Hamilton)
This paper considers theoretical and policy issues in relation to international trade and finance.
ECON408Managerial Economics and StrategyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MKTG453International MarketingThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.

Scholarships and prizes

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Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Management Studies major, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above, of which 40 points must be at 400-level.

The specific requirements for Agribusiness are that you must include:

  • AGRI201 New Zealand Agribusiness
  • AGRI202 Sustainable Agriculture
  • AGRI304 / 404 Advanced New Zealand Agribusiness
  • AGRI306 / 406 Financial Analysis for Agribusiness

And choose 20 points from:

  • AGRI390 / 490 Directed Study
  • ECON306 / 406 International Trade and Finance
  • ECON308 / 408 Managerial Economics and Strategy
  • INMG311 The International Business Environment
  • INMG317 Doing Business internationally
  • MKTG353 / 453 International Marketing
  • MSYS377 Supply Chain Management / MSYS477 Advanced Supply Chain Management

If Agribusiness is your second major, then you can count MNGT221 as a major paper for this subject in place of the 20-point elective paper requirement.

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(Hons))

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours major, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area. You'll need to incorporate at least 60 points at 300-level or above, which includes at least 40 points at 400-level or above and at least 30 points at 500-level.

The specific requirements for Agribusiness are that you must include:

  • AGRI201 New Zealand Agribusiness
  • AGRI202 Sustainable Agriculture
  • AGRI501 International Agribusiness

And at least one of:

  • AGRI304/404 Advanced New Zealand Agribusiness
  • AGRI306/406 Financial Analysis for Agribusiness

And choose at least 20 points from:

  • AGRI390 / 490 Directed Study
  • ECON306 / 406 International Trade and Finance
  • ECON308 / 408 Managerial Economics and Strategy
  • INMG311 The International Business Environment
  • INMG317 Doing Business Internationally
  • MKTG353 / 453 International Marketing
  • MSYS377 Supply Chain Management / MSYS477 Advanced Supply Chain Management
  • AGRI502 Agribusiness Case Studies
  • ECON539 Environmental and Resource Economics
  • ECON543 Applied Econometrics
  • MKTG553 International Marketing
  • MSYS576 21st Century Logistics

If you are taking two majors you can count either the compulsory 599 or MNGT596 towards your Waikato Management School major papers provided it is approved as relevant to that major and you have included a further 30 points at 500-level in that major.

Don't forget you'll need to pass 120 points at 500-level for the qualification and submit a Portfolio of Achievement. If you've only selected 30 points at 500-level for your major, then a further 90 points at 500-level is required to meet this degree regulation.

Agribusiness as a second major

Even if you're enrolled in an undergraduate degree that doesn't list Agribusiness as a major subject, you can still take it as a second major. In these circumstances you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above. You'll also need to include the following papers:

  • AGRI201 New Zealand Agribusiness
  • AGRI202 Sustainable Agriculture
  • AGRI304 / AGRI404 Advanced New Zealand Agribusiness
  • AGRI306 / AGRI406 Financial Analysis for Agribusiness

And choose 20 points from:

  • ACCT209 Accounting and Managerial Decision Making
  • AGRI390 / 490 Directed Study
  • ECON306 / 406 International Trade and Finance
  • ECON308 / 408 Managerial Economics and Strategy
  • INMG311 The International Business Environment
  • INMG317 Doing Business internationally
  • MKTG209 Principles of Marketing
  • MKGT353 / 453 International Marketing
  • MSYS377 Supply Chain Management / MSYS477 Advanced Supply Chain Management

Agribusiness as a specialisation

Agribusiness is available as a specialisation for the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) or BMS(Hons)
  • Bachelor of Business Analysis (BBA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Bachelor of Science (Technology) (BSc(Tech))
  • Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (BCMS)

If you wish to take a specialisation in Agribusiness, then you will be required to pass 80 points above 100-level, and include the following three papers:

  • AGRI201 New Zealand Agribusiness
  • AGRI202 Sustainable Agriculture
  • AGRI304 Advanced New Zealand Agribusiness

You also need to include 20 points from the elective papers below:

  • AGRI302 Agribusiness Project
  • AGRI306/406 Financial Analysis for Agribusiness

Graduate Diploma (GradDip)

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Diploma, you'll need to pass 120 points at 100-level or above and include at least 80 points at 300-level or above, and pass the Writing Competency Module. You'll also need to meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Agribusiness are that you must include:

  • AGRI201 New Zealand Agribusiness
  • AGRI202 Sustainable Agriculture
  • AGRI304 / 404 Advanced New Zealand Agribusiness
  • AGRI306 / 406 Financial Analysis for Agribusiness

And choose 20 points from:

  • ECON306 / 406 International Trade and Finance
  • ECON308 / 408 Managerial Economics and Strategy
  • INMG311 The International Business Environment
  • INMG317 Doing Business Internationally
  • MKTG353 / 453 International Marketing
  • MSYS377 Supply Chain Management / MSYS477 Advanced Supply Chain Management

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

To complete the requirements for the postgraduate certificate in Agribusiness, you'll need to pass 60 points at 500-level from one subject area and meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Agribusiness are that you must include:

  • AGRI501 International Agribusiness

And choose 30 points from:

  • AGRI502 Agribusiness Case Studies
  • AGRI590 Directed Study
  • ECON504 Econometric Analysis
  • ECON539 Environmental and Economic Resources
  • ECON543 Applied Econometrics
  • MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies
  • MKTG553 International Marketing
  • MSYS576 21st Century Logistics

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma in Agribusiness, you'll need to pass 120 points at 500-level and submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the Postgraduate Diploma qualification information for further details). You can choose to take up to 30 points from other graduate subjects with the permission of the department's Graduate Convenor.

The specific requirements for Agribusiness are that you must meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and include:

  • AGRI501 International Agribusiness
  • MKTG553 International Marketing
  • MSYS576 21st Century Logistics

And choose 30 points from:

  • AGRI502 Agribusiness Case Studies
  • AGRI590 Directed Study
  • ECON504 Econometric Analysis
  • ECON539 Environmental and Economic Resources
  • ECON543 Applied Econometrics
  • INMG501 E-Global Business: Strategic Management and Marketing
  • MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies

Please note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the diploma. You'll need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Master of Management Studies (MMS)

The completion requirements for the Master of Management Studies are dependent upon your admission criteria; please see the qualification information for further details. However, you'll need to meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and to ensure any specific subject requirements are met. You'll also need to include:

  • MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)
  • Dissertation (591 / 592) or thesis (593 / 594) in a subject area.
  • Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details)

The specific requirements for Agribusiness are that you must include (unless passed previously):

  • AGRI501 International Agribusiness
  • AGRI502 Agribusiness Case Studies
  • MKTG553 International Marketing

You may choose any additional papers from:

  • AGRI590 Directed Study
  • ECON504 Econometric Analysis
  • ECON539 Environmental and Economic Resources
  • ECON543 Applied Econometrics
  • INMG501 E-Global Business: Strategic Management and Marketing
  • MSYS576 21st Century Logistics

Please note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the degree. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please contact the Agribusiness Graduate Convenor.

Documents

Waikato Management School Student Handbook 2017

Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Agribusiness subject convenors

Professor Frank Scrimgeour
Undergraduate/Postgraduate Convenor for Agribusiness
Email: scrim@waikato.ac.nz