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Join the new world of agriculture
Elevate your career with the Master of Agriculture.
If you’re passionate about the primary industries, Massey University’s Master of Agriculture will help you progress your career.
Our proud record dates back to 1927 when we offered New Zealand’s first degrees in agriculture and horticulture. As a student, you will benefit from our internationally recognised capability and leadership in this area.
Your study will cover a wide range of topics in related environmental, consumer and policy issues in areas like:
Course work will include taught material and a unique professionally focused research project. This project will take place in the workforce. Upon completion it will be immediately useful to you and the industry.
You’ll also gain and/or improve your critical analysis, project management and communication skills. You’ll learn how to integrate science, new and emerging technologies and sustainable management and resolve issues relevant to the primary industries.
There are a wide range of facilities available for your use. Dairy, sheep and beef and deer farms are located adjacent to the Manawatū campus. Research facilities include the Pasture and Crop Research Unit, the Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre, Massey AgriFood Technology Partnership, the Plant Growth Unit, the Equine hospital, the Life Cycle Management Centre, Massey University farms and Seed Tech Services, an ISTA-accredited seed testing laboratory. Massey’s Manawatū campus hosts award-winning multi-function teaching laboratories.
Your lecturers and supervisors are acknowledged as some of the best in the world. Collaboration between Massey University and adjacent Crown Research Institutes offers unrivalled access to specialised skills, equipment and networking opportunities.
If you would like a more in-depth research programme, you may like to choose the Master of Science (Agricultural Science).
The primary industries are growing. So you’ll find great employment and business opportunities.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Occupational Outlook indicates that employment prospects are good in all primary industry sectors. The New Zealand Immigration service has also included a wide range of primary industry jobs in the skills shortage list. Especially in supervisory and management roles.
A 2017 Ministry of Education publicationThe post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:
New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.
Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.
As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Master of Agriculture you will have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree, with a major in the intended postgraduate subject, or equivalent, and have achieved a B average over the 300–level majoring courses.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
From the Schedule to the Degree including:
Compulsory research methods course
Completion of a specialisation (subject) is optional, requiring at least 105 credits from the subject.
This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.
Ensure that overall, you have:
Also attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
|119720||Applied Agriculture Research Methods||15|
|119728||Research Methods in Animal, Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences||15|
|117761||Ruminant Livestock Feeding||15|
|117762||Intensive Livestock Feeding||15|
|117764||Growth and Meat Science||15|
|117765||Genetics and Breeding||15|
|117767||Reproduction and Fertility||15|
|117768||Metabolism and Endocrinology||15|
|117769||Lactation and Milk Production||15|
|117773||Beef Cattle Production||15|
|117784||Advanced Studies in Animal Science||30|
|119710||Nutrient Management in Grazed Pasture Systems||30|
|119711||Nutrient Management in Arable Systems||15|
|119731||Topics in Agricultural Extension and Consultancy||15|
|189752||Advanced Soil Fertility||30|
|189753||Soil and Land Evaluation||30|
|189755||Soil and Water Pollution||30|
|189757||Advanced Soil Conservation||15|
|189758||Advanced Soil Water Management||15|
|189759||Advanced Studies in Soil Science||30|
|235701||M¨¡ori Values and Resource Management||15|
|238700||Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Footprinting Principles||15|
|238710||Life Cycle Assessment and Footprinting Methods||15|
|238711||Life Cycle Assessment and Footprinting Case Studies||15|
|238712||Use of Life Cycle Assessment to Support Decision-Making||15|
|238751||Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emission Science||15|
|283701||Advanced Pasture Production and Practice||15|
|283704||Urban and Farm Forestry||15|
|283708||Quantitative Plant Breeding||30|
|284703||Vegetable Production Science||15|
|284704||Fruit Production Science||15|
|285742||Topics in Advanced Plant Protection||30|
|286701||Advanced Equine Production||15|
|119820||Applied Agriculture Research Report||60|
The Master of Agriculture is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.
The first part gives you good knowledge and skills that will help you with the research part of your qualification.
For progression to Part Two of the Master of Agriculture, a B Grade Average is needed over the first 90 credits undertaken for Part One, which must include 119.720.
There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit.
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand¡¯s No 1 university in agriculture according to QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings.
Massey University is ranked No.1 in New Zealand for agricultural science by ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.
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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
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Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.