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Agribusiness

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.

If you're interested in working alongside farmers and businesses focused on agriculture, then Agribusiness at Waikato will help you build the foundations for a dynamic global career.

Gain an all-round understanding of the agricultural sector, including farm management, soil and nutrient management, rural financial management and banking, and value chain management.

You'll learn about international marketing and sales, technological innovations in agribusiness, the impact of free-trade agreements, and how sustainable farming practices can be used to reduce costs and gain a competitive advantage.

During your studies, you'll also develop broad knowledge and skills in general management, which can be applied to various other sectors.

As an Agribusiness student, you'll enjoy field trips to see the operations of successful companies in action, such as Fonterra, Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company and DairyNZ. Learn more about Agribusiness by visiting the department's website.

Many of our agribusiness students receive job offers before they have even finished their studies.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting, Finance, and Business and Management Studies, by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings.

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which has Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, placing it in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide.

Career Opportunities

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

100 level

Agribusiness - Making Dirt PayAGRI10115.0 Points

200 level

Accounting and Managerial Decision MakingACCT20920.0 Points
New Zealand AgribusinessAGRI20120.0 Points
Sustainable AgricultureAGRI20220.0 Points
Principles of MarketingMKTG20920.0 Points

300 level

400 level

Advanced New Zealand AgribusinessAGRI40420.0 Points
Financial Analysis for AgribusinessAGRI40620.0 Points
Directed StudyAGRI49020.0 Points
Industry Experience 4AGRI49520.0 Points
Report of an InvestigationAGRI49920.0 Points
International Trade and FinanceECON40620.0 Points
Managerial Economics and StrategyECON40820.0 Points
International MarketingMKTG45320.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradDip(AgBus)

A Graduate Diploma is available to graduates who have not included Agribusiness at an advanced level in their first degree. The requirements for the Graduate Diploma are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Prescriptions for the BMS(Hons), PGCert(AgBus), PGDip(AgBus) and MMS.

Agribusiness may be taken as a major for the BMS(Hons) and as a subject for the MMS. A Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma in Agribusiness are also available. The requirements for the subject, Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

All students should discuss their programme with the Management Student Centre before enrolling.

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.

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.