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Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness

Set yourself up to advise farmers and growers on how to improve the profitability and sustainability of their businesses with this short course.

In a small and remote country like New Zealand, being successful in agribusiness - such as beef, dairy and winegrowing - relies on our ability to keep up with the latest scientific and technological innovations, manage complex value chains, and compete in global markets.

Studying agribusiness at the University of Waikato puts you on the doorstep of New Zealand's rural heartland. This region is home to leading agricultural export firms such as Fonterra, Zespri, Comvita, and Tatua Dairy Company.

You'll gain a well-rounded understanding of the business side of agriculture and the global trading environment, and develop strong skills in economic and financial analysis to solve problems.

Some of the topics covered include food production systems, soil and nutrient management, supply chain management, and international marketing.

You'll also discuss key challenges facing New Zealand food producers, such as the impact of government policies and free trade agreements, environmental concerns like climate change. Learn how sustainable farming practices can be used by farmers to reduce costs and gain a competitive advantage.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 300 universities for Business and Management Studies in the prestigious QS Subject Rankings 2021.

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, which has achieved the prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB, placing it in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide.

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Key information

Duration Of Study: 4-8 months (full time or part-time study)
Points: 60 points
Study Locations:Hamilton, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: March (A Trimester) and July (B Trimester)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): NZ$3,400 (2021 tuition fees) per programme
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Estimated Fees* (International): $17,010 per programme
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).*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.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness (60 points)

Students will take four papers in total (60 points). This includes one introductory paper (15 points) at either 100-level or 200-level; and three advanced papers (45 points) at 300-level.

You have the option to include one elective paper at 300-level (15 points) in any subject.

Please contact the Management Student Centre (email [email protected]) for advice before you enrol in any papers.

Admission to each paper is at the discretion of the subject convenor. Some papers have prerequisites, or you may need to ask for a waiver.

Introductory paper (15 points)

Advanced papers (45 points)

Choose THREE of the following papers

300 Level
Elective paper

  • Subject
  • Explanatory note
  • Elective
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Thomas Macdonald Having grown up on a dairy farm in Gordonton, Thomas Macdonald has always been passionate about farming. He says it was a huge advantage for him to study agribusiness at Waikato University.

To enrol for the Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness, applicants must have:

a) completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification; OR

b) be able to demonstrate they have adequate training, experience, and ability to proceed with the programme.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may still be considered for special admission, subject to completing some additional qualifying papers.

Admission to each paper is at the discretion of the subject convenor.

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