Master of Agribusiness

Be a leader of agribusiness

Based in the heart of the Australian food, wine and agriculture industry, our Master of Agribusiness program is the first in Australia to provide the elite level of education required to create future food and agribusiness leaders through its unique mix of business fundamentals, practical experience and global connections.

With growing global populations and climate challenges impacting our ability to feed the world sustainably, our master degree prepares you to meet these challenges, and equips you for leadership and problem-solving in an ever-expanding and increasingly complex global marketplace.

What will you do?

Our Centre for Global Food and Resources has conducted extensive research with some of Australia’s leading agribusiness firms to develop a program that effectively integrates academic knowledge with industry application. This degree will help you refine the practical research, advisory, and business skills necessary for a successful career in food and agricultural related industries.

You will

  • complete a capstone research project that lets you showcase the skills you have learned across the program
  • have access to two elective options that give you the flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests and career objectives, these electives including a full range of internship options with leading agribusiness companies.

Where could it take you?

The agribusiness value chain is one of Australia’s largest and most important industry sectors. Recognised by the Australian Industry Skills Councils as a priority skill, agribusiness is forecast to continue providing positive labour outlooks for years to come.

With reports indicating there have been as many as six agri-business job openings per graduate, favourable employability outcomes exist for you in the local, national, and global value chain networks, including key areas such as: food retailers, processors, traders, producers, as well as a full range of service providers including financial agencies, agricultural consultancies and input and support suppliers.

  • Strong links to industry leaders
  • Take an internship with industry
  • Australia's #1 University for Entrepreneurship Education^

^Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities, 2017.

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM200
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake January, May and September
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study a) Any relevant Agriculture, Food or Business Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum of one year full time equivalent work experience supported by their CV, essay and interview.
b) Any Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum of three years full time equivalent work experience supported by their CV, essay and interview
c) Applicants without a Bachelor degree or equivalent will be considered on the basis of a minimum of seven years full time equivalent work experience supported by their CV, essay and interview. For further information, please contact Craig Johns:

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2022
Number of students Percentage of all students
International students N/A N/A
All students 1 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $37,000

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These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Career Readiness

Students develop advanced skills and understanding in leadership and strategy, business and financial management, global markets and food trends, innovation and global value chains, and professional communication.

This equips them for careers in local, national, and global value-chain networks. A wide variety of roles will be possible with:
  • food retailers
  • food processors
  • banks and financial agencies
  • agricultural consultancy services
  • research centres
  • input suppliers
  • both government and non-government organisations.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Potential careers

Agriculture, Agricultural Service Industry, Business Management, Food Industry Worker

Degree Structure

The degree consists of:
  • core courses, developing general agribusiness management skills and the understanding of the global agri-food sector
  • a capstone research project, enabling the application of learned skills to critically analyse real-world agribusiness problems, issues or strategic opportunities
  • elective courses, both within the Faculty of the Professions and across the University of Adelaide, allowing students the flexibility to tailor their program to their individual interests and career objectives.

Example Study Plan

Indicative Study Plan

Core courses to the value of 21 units AGRIBUS 7055: Global Food and Agricultural Markets  
AGRIBUS 7056: Management and Performance of Global Food Chains
AGRIBUS 7060: Innovation Systems and Policy Transformation
INTBUS 7015: Cross-Cultural Management and Negotiation (M)
COMMGMT 7006: People and Organisations (M)
ACCTING 7025 Accounting Essentials for Decision Makers (M)
ECON 7200: Economic Principles (M)

Elective courses to the value of 6 units Courses offered by the University that are available to the student to the maximum value of 6 units.

*A student who wishes to pursue higher degree by research studies in the future should complete the 9 unit research project and may only take courses to a value of 3 units as electives.

Research project

Courses to the value of 9 units:
AGRIBUS 7061: Research Project Part 1 - Research Principles and Methods (3 units)
AGRIBUS 7063: Research Project in Agribusiness (6 units)


Courses to the value of 12 units to pursue higher degree by research studies in the future:
AGRIBUS 7061: Research Project Part 1 - Research Principles and Methods (3 units)
AGRIBUS 7062A: Research Project Part 2 - Theoretical Frameworks and Research Design (3 units)
AGRIBUS 7062B: Research Project Part 3 - Data Gathering and Analysis (6 units) 


Varies by course, including exams, written and oral assignments and investigative projects; includes both group and individual participation.

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Last updated: Thursday, 4 May 2023