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Our postgraduate program is offered fully online or in blended* mode because we understand that people wanting to enhance their career prospects in agribusiness are working all over Australia and overseas. With an emphasis on management and critical thinking, the program is designed to build on professional experience, develop high-level analytical skills and to broaden understanding of the agribusiness sector.

The Master of Agribusiness is for those who want to lead in agriculture-related industries and government/corporate roles. This might include managers in banking and finance, property, government, food processing, rural research and development corporations and so forth.

The Master of Agribusiness is less about developing practical skills and instead emphasises business development and management, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Our student cohort includes professionals who are managers in superannuation, global accounting, banking, commodities trading, pastoral companies, real estate and valuations, among other sectors.

Learning outcomes:
  • Identify and evaluate the range of new and emerging issues which may impact on agribusiness at both a regional, national and global level.
  • Identify through critical analysis the marketing, operational and financial factors in business operations that impede or influence efficient and effective performance.
  • Develop a critical approach to the analysis of the financial performance of an agribusiness.
  • Develop an understanding of business strategy in the agriculture (farm) and agribusiness sectors.
  • Understand what is essential to successful entrepreneurship by exploring the unique traits, behaviours, cognitive processes and skills of entrepreneurs.
  • Analyse and discuss the market, cultural, political and environmental intricacies on global food and fibre production and trade.
  • Understand how an entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team goes about creating a new business venture, identifying an opportunity and developing a business model that can take that opportunity to market.
  • Research and critique issues in global agriculture against an Australian context.
  • Develop competence in the application of analytical concepts and techniques relevant for marketing decision making with an emphasis on creating, capturing and sustaining customer value.
  • Understand the concepts of labour management and the organisation of work within the context of Australia’s system of employment.
  • Identify and understand the elements of risk in agribusinesses and food/fibre supply chains and the strategies to manage the impact on agribusiness enterprises.
  • Apply leadership skills in an organisational setting and reflect on experiences and/or decisions.
  • Develop skills to conduct research and analyse the evidence that will come to underpin a claim to thought leadership in an area of research.

* Two of our units are offered in blended mode, which is combination of an intensive residential study week on Campus in Geelong and online learning across the trimester of study. These are LDP905 Leadership and ARM903 Agribusiness Risk Management

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The postgraduate units are delivered online via a Learning Management System called D2L. Majority of the units are offered at each enrolment except for those with a workshop component (LDP605 and ARM503). You can individually tailor a study plan to include a combination of part-time and full-time study, and the flexibility to choose the order in which units are taken.

Full details on the courses and units offered can be found on the website. New students will be requested to complete the compulsory core units (CMI502 and ASA501) in the first four units of study, regardless of whether they are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master course.

The postgraduate program has several enrolment intakes that align with the Trimesters. The first round of enrolments occur in January, second round in May and third round in September (only for existing students). New students to the program who are enrolling for the first time can only enrol in the first or second round.

The enrolment process requires you to submit a copy of your curriculum vitae and certified transcript of results to the Director Postgraduate studies. To complete the eligibility process you will also need to answer some questions and do a brief phone interview.

Whilst eligibility for the postgraduate program is preferably a bachelor degree level, it is not mandatory to have previous study in agriculture or agribusiness. However, an understanding of Australian agriculture/ finance /business is beneficial.

The fees charged for postgraduate units are based on the distance delivery model. Marcus Oldham is committed to finding ways to better engage students with the College, with other students and with industry. Workshops, where offered, help achieve some of that richer learning but usually incur some additional cost. That cost is passed on to the relevant students. Marcus Oldham is committed to providing these opportunities in a cost-effective manner.

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