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Bachelor of AgriCommerce (Farm Management)

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Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years (February intake);...
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Start date: 24-February-2020
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What is it Like?

The Bachelor of AgriCommerce farm management major prepares you for the strategic, operational, financial, production and organisational demands of the farming business. You will learn the skills to build and deliver profitable businesses on a sustainable basis.

Become a multidisciplinary practitioner

As a farm management graduate you will be able to draw from business-related disciplines including economics, industrial economics, marketing, supply chain management and finance to give advice to those in agribusiness-related industries. You will also gain knowledge in natural sciences, environmental sciences, life sciences, food security and safety, primary production technologies and systems and biotechnology.

You will learn how to integrate the theory and tools across these differing areas to provide relevant advice to the farm and agribusiness decision makers.

Put agribusiness into perspective

The discipline of farm management provides the ability to interpret and put into perspective the wide breadth of issues affecting farm and agribusiness managers. It offers an understanding of how and why managers make the decisions and what impact those decisions have on their business and the wider industry.

Practical experience while you study

Your learning will focus on real-world case studies and will include field trips to provide the experiential learning from talking to and observing farmers. This complements what is covered in the classroom.

During your degree you will gain a huge amount of practical experience. This experience will include at least 26 weeks of paid employment undertaken in agriculture and related sectors. That will give you an advantage with potential employers.


You will gain grounding in agricultural/horticultural production combined with a blend of analytical and problem-solving tools, international business skills and entrepreneurial thinking. From running large farm-based agribusinesses right through to international food trade, you will gain the skills and sound business knowledge to help progress the future of New Zealand’s primary production sector.

The Bachelor of AgriCommerce (Farm Management) will prepare you for agribusiness careers anywhere in the world.

Potential careers after studying the farm management major in the bachelor of agricommerce are in management of agricultural and horticultural businesses, farm consultancy, farm extension, rural banking and insurance, regional/national government, farm input suppliers, processors and exporters.

You can use the critical skills you gain through this programme to become a supplier of milk products to the world through Fonterra, grow kiwifruit for Zespri to market, or produce superfine wool. You could also be a farm or horticultural consultant or an extension agent with Beef+LambNZ or DairyNZ helping farmers to better understand the different knowledge necessary in agribusiness.


At Massey a credit system is used for our degrees. To complete a Bachelor of AgriCommerce the following is required.

  • Total of 360 credits completed. That’s 24 courses of 15 credits each
  • Up to 165 credits (11 courses) may be completed at 100-level
  • At least 195 credits (13 courses) completed above first year. Of these 75 credits or more must be from 300-level courses
  • 26 weeks of relevant practical work and two associated reports.

This course is also offered by the School of Economics and Finance.

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better


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