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Master of Management (Agribusiness)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning

Join the growing agribusiness sector

The number of jobs in the agribusiness sector are growing and those with both agriculture and management skills will be sought-after.

Find out more about the Master of Management parent structure.

What is it like?

Agribusiness is about understanding the different disciplines, issues and solutions across the whole of the food and fibre value chain. It is about the interdependence of the huge variety of companies and institutions that work in, or influence the agricultural sector.

The Master of Management (Agribusiness) is a relevant, contemporary qualification, with a unique core of courses that focus on the key business skills of communication, understanding current issues in business and on the fundamentals of agribusiness.

Sought after by employers

New Zealand’s primary industries are growing rapidly, leaving major talent shortfalls at all levels, including industry executives. Current estimates expect upwards of 50,000 additional employees will be needed in New Zealand by 2030 across all levels. Many of these will be at managerial level, expected to both understand agriculture and have the business and management skills to help it operate effectively.

Industry have been consulted widely to develop this major, so you will be studying something that contains learning the industry are looking for.

Relevant, contemporary qualification

Management involves both being able to work independently and make management decisions, but also being able to work with and direct teams of people. Those people could be within your organisation, or external clients and stakeholders.

What will you learn?

As well as gaining in-depth insights into the discipline that you choose, this qualification will also teach you transferable communication and investigative skills.

When you graduate, you will have learnt how to understand and be able to apply investigative and professional attributes to the business environment. You will develop an international perspective and be able to clearly and concisely communicate investigative findings in oral and written form.

You will also learn how to work independently and in teams and to interact effectively with colleagues, clients and other professionals in the field.

Internationally recognised

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools and is AACSB accredited.

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 300 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are also ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our agriculture, business administration, finance and communication programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

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

Learn from leading business experts

You will learn from our business experts – Massey University has the largest and one of the most highly respected management schools in New Zealand.

Specialisations to suit you

At Massey you can choose from a broad range of specialisations to suit your interest, including marketing, sustainability, communication, international business, organisational technology development and more.

Rigorous study

The Master of Management is a rigorous programme, where students are expected to achieve at a high level. This is reflected in the quality of our graduates, and contributes to the reputation of the qualification.  It is a professional qualification.

Note, if you wish to progress to a PhD upon completion, Massey’s research-based Master of AgriCommerce or Master of Business Studies is a better pathway to a doctorate.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload of the Master of Management replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. 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.



A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree (not necessarily in business), and would like to study an area in more depth
  • Are interested in a professional degree that is primarily taught and with a significant practice component
  • Would like to gain a qualification to help you make a career change


If you would like to progress into a management role, or are interested in progressing into a higher level of management, the Master of Management can facilitate this progression.

Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

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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