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Master of Agricultural Business Management

Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Business Management

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Position yourself as an agribusiness leader and agriculture sector innovator by studying a Master of Agricultural Business Management with CSU.

Equipping you with advanced skills in business, management and finance, this degree ensures you'll be poised to identify emerging opportunities and provide solutions for 21st-century agribusiness challenges.

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  • Why study this course?

    CSU's ag business master's degree provides a comprehensive foundation in agricultural business management by developing your skills in business, management and finance. You'll also have the opportunity to deepen your understanding in areas of interest, such as agribusiness planning or agribusiness research.

    Reputation for excellence

    CSU is a leading provider of agriculture and business management education in Australia and has been producing outstanding graduates in agricultural business management for 35 years. Lecturers have extensive experience in private sector agribusiness management and international research. The curriculum is supported by CSU's extensive commercial farming operations and hundreds of real-life agribusinesses on the doorsteps of its regional campuses.

    Contemporary skillset

    Building on your previous experience, this degree equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in an industry that is highly competitive and must be responsive to change. You will develop a critical understanding of the agricultural supply chain through independent research and analysis and refine your business management skills to succeed in any agricultural context.

    Online convenience

    Available for full-time or part-time online study, this course is designed and delivered with flexibility in mind. This means you can upgrade your qualifications while continuing to work.

    Exit point

    If you decide on a shorter course of study, you can graduate with the Graduate Diploma of Agricultural Business Management after completing eight subjects.

  • Career opportunities

    The comprehensive foundation of knowledge and skills you gain in your Master of Agricultural Business Management will provide diverse opportunities in Australia and internationally. You could take on senior management, analysis, planning and policy roles in agribusiness, government or non-government organisations, or use your skills to operate or launch a successful business.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Business Management
    4 subjects (32 points) 3 core Subjects and 1 Restricted Elective
    AGB450 Agricultural Business Risk and Investment
    AGB410 Agricultural Marketing
    MGT510 Strategic Management

    Plus 1 restricted elective from the following list:
    AGB440 Resource Economics
    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture: Issues and Viewpoints
    AGB520 Supply Chain Management
    AGB533 Agribusiness Management
    AGB550 International Agriproduct Trade
    AGR520 Extension
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice

    Graduate Diploma of Agricultural Business Management
    8 subjects (64 points) 4 Core subjects (one of which is a 16 point subject) and 3 Restricted Electives
    AGB450 Agricultural Business Risk and Investment
    AGB410 Agricultural Marketing
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    AGB575 Agribusiness Planning (16 points)

    Plus 3 restricted electives from the following list:
    ACC501 Business Accounting & Finance
    AGB440 Resource Economics
    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture: Issues and Viewpoints
    AGB520 Supply Chain Management
    AGB533 Agribusiness Management
    AGB550 International Agriproduct Trade
    AGR501 Special Topic 1
    AGR520 Extension
    AGR580 Research Methods*
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    MGT553 Project Management
    MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Assessment
    STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics*

    *Note: If students are planning on completing AGB583 Agricultural Business Management Dissertation for Masters qualification they must complete AGR580 Research Methods and STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics prior to enrolling.

    Master of Agricultural Business Management
    12 subjects, (96 points) 7 core (two of which is are 16 point subjects) and 3 Restricted Electives
    AGB450 Agricultural Business Risk and Investment
    AGB410 Agricultural Marketing
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    AGR580 Research Methods
    STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
    AGB575 Agribusiness Planning (16 points)
    AGB583 Agricultural Business Management Dissertation (16)

    Note: If AGB583 is chosen students must complete AGR580 Research Methods and STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics prior to enrolling.

    Plus 3 restricted electives from the following list:
    ACC501 Business Accounting & Finance
    AGB440 Resource Economics
    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture: Issues and Viewpoints
    AGB520 Supply Chain Management
    AGB533 Agribusiness Management
    AGB550 International Agriproduct Trade
    AGR501 Special Topic 1
    AGR520 Extension
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    MGT553 Project Management
    MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Assessment
    MGT584 Leadership in Teams
    MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics

    Enrolment pattern

    A normal enrolment pattern would be as follows. Minor amendment to the order in which subjects are completed at the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma level may be negotiated with the Course Director.

    Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Business Management
    4 subjects (32 points) 3 core Subjects and 1 Restricted Elective

    Year 1 Session 1 (30)
    AGB450 Agricultural Business Risk and Investment
    AGB410 Agricultural Marketing

    Year 1 Session 2 (60)
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    Restricted Elective

    Plus 1 restricted elective from the following list:
    AGB440 Resource Economics
    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture: Issues and Viewpoints
    AGB520 Supply Chain Management
    AGB533 Agribusiness Management
    AGB550 International Agriproduct Trade
    AGR520 Extension
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice

    Graduate Diploma of Agricultural Business Management
    8 subjects (64 points) 4 Core subjects (one of which is a 16 point subject) and 3 Restricted Electives

    Year 1 Session 1 (30)
    AGB450 Agricultural Business Risk and Investment
    AGB410 Agricultural Marketing

    Year 1 Session 2 (60)
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    *Restricted Elective

    Year 2 Session 1 (30)
    AGB575 Agribusiness Planning (Commenced) (16 points)
    *Restricted Elective

    Year 2 Session 2 (60)
    AGB575 Agribusiness Planning (Completed) (16 points)
    *Restricted Elective

    Plus 3 restricted electives from the following list:
    ACC501 Business Accounting & Finance
    AGB440 Resource Economics
    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture: Issues and Viewpoints
    AGB520 Supply Chain Management
    AGB533 Agribusiness Management
    AGB550 International Agriproduct Trade
    AGR501 Special Topic 1
    AGR520 Extension
    AGR580 Research Methods*
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    MGT553 Project Management
    MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Assessment
    STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics*

    *Note: If students are planning on completing AGB583 Agricultural Business Management Dissertation for Masters qualification they must complete AGR580 Research Methods and STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics prior to enrolling.

    Master of Agricultural Business Management
    12 subjects, (96 points) 7 core (two of which is are 16 point subjects) and 3 Restricted Electives

    Year 1 Session 1 (30)
    AGB450 Agricultural Business Risk and Investment
    AGB410 Agricultural Marketing

    Year 1 Session 2 (60)
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    Restricted Elective

    Year 2 Session 1 (30)
    AGB575 Agribusiness Planning (Commenced) (16 points)
    AGR580 Research Methods

    Year 2 Session 2 (60)
    AGB575 Agribusiness Planning (Completed) (16 points)
    STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics

    Year 3 Session 1 (30)
    AGB583 Agricultural Business Management Dissertation (Commenced) (16 points)
    Restricted Elective

    Year 3 Session 2 (60)
    AGB583 Agricultural Business Management Dissertation (Completed) (16 points)
    Restricted Elective

    Plus 3 restricted electives from the following list:
    ACC501 Business Accounting & Finance
    AGB440 Resource Economics
    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture: Issues and Viewpoints
    AGB520 Supply Chain Management
    AGB533 Agribusiness Management
    AGB550 International Agriproduct Trade
    AGR501 Special Topic 1
    AGR520 Extension
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    MGT553 Project Management
    MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Assessment
    MGT584 Leadership in Teams
    MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics

    The combination of restricted electives and agribusiness planning and research dissertation needs to be designed in consultation with the course director.

  • Studying by distance education

    Charles Sturt University is a leader in flexible delivery and offers an extensive range of course materials in a supported online environment. Interaction with teaching staff and other students is supported through online tools such as forums, as well as by phone and email.

    Studying by distance education offers students the flexibility to complete their degree while still working or meeting family and lifestyle commitments.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    AGB575 Agribusiness Planning
    AGR520 Extension Post Graduate

  • Admission information

    A completed Bachelors Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline related to Agricultural Science or Agribusiness from a University or other tertiary education provider.
    OR
    A completed Honours degree in any field from a University or other tertiary education provider (or equivalent).
    OR
    Relevant Agribusiness industry experience of at least 3 years.
    AND
    Minimum CSU English Language Proficiency requirements apply.

    The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma provide a pathway for recent graduates of a business or non-business degree, in a field such as Agricultural Science, Equine Science, Horticulture or Viticulture.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineOrangeFPPGYYNOSAB
    DirectOnlineOrangeFPOSYYNJSAB

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points, including all core subjects.

  • How to apply
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  • About the School

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences is the largest and most successful provider of agricultural, horticultural and wine science education supporting rural industries in Australia. Operating out of the Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School comprises of approximately 70 academics, research, technical and administration staff, offering courses and research focus in fields such as agriculture, horticulture, wine making and viticulture. Research is undertaken through key CSU Research Centres, and staff have major involvement in national Cooperative Research Centres – linking universities, government bodies and industry organisations across Australia to focus on national sector-wide issues. The School’s industry linkages ensure courses remain relevant and topical, and that we develop graduates who will make an impact within their profession.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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