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Our postgraduate program has been designed for people wanting to enhance their career prospects in agribusiness. 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 corporate roles. This might include managers in banking and finance, property, government, food processing, rural research and development corporations.
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.

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.






course structure

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The postgraduate program is offered online with study guides, text books, tutorial support, library access, administrative assistance and student discussion/chat groups. 

Units are delivered over 12 weeks with approximately 10hours per week study for each unit. Students have the choice of part-time or full-time study. Full-time study is equivalent to four units at 40 hours study per week.

Some units may offer an intensive workshop so as to provide an opportunity to meet and network with Marcus Oldham staff, industry and business people.

Students who enrol in the Master of Agribusiness can choose to exit with a Graduate Certificate after successful completion of four units, or exit after the completion of eight units with a Graduate Diploma.

Postgraduate course Duration Guide
Graduate Certificate of Agribusiness 12 weeks full-time
Graduate Diploma of Agribusiness 1.0 year full-time
Master of Agribusiness 1.5 years full-time

Postgraduate Units

Theme Unit Code Unit Title Core or Elective
Industry &


Contemporary Managerial Issues in Agribusiness – Australian Perspective

Compulsory Core


Agribusiness Systems Analysis

Compulsory Core


Agribusiness Marketing



International Agribusiness




Agribusiness Financial Analysis



Strategic Management for Agribusiness



Agribusiness Risk Management



Strategic Human Resource Management





Development &


The Rural Entrepreneur in Context



Developing the New Venture



Case Studies in Global Agribusiness 



Thought Leadership through Inquiry
(Proposal Development)


Thought Leadership through Inquiry
(Project Investigation)


  • This is not the study order required for the units.
  • The Compulsory Core units (CMI502 and ASA501) must be completed in the first four units of study.
  • ARM503 has a compulsory 5 day workshop at the College in Trimester 2.
  • LDP605 has a compulsory 5 day workshop in conjunction with the MOC Rural Leadership program.
  • Occasionally the timing of unit offerings will change. If you are unsure, please contact the Director of Postgraduate studies before you select your Trimester units. Information is correct at time of printing.

Contact Details:

Dr. Yasmin Chalmers (Director Postgraduate Studies)

P: +61 3 5247 2904


Student Services

P: +61 3 5243 3533

Career Opportunities

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You need to be passionate about your career in agribusiness and the challenges and opportunities facing the world in this sector, and be driven to succeed.

Australian agriculture employs approximately 270,000 people which produce enough food to feed about 61 million people. Australian farmers export about 60% of what they grow and produce which is valued at more than $48 billion per annum. 

The Agribusiness sector has a rapidly increasing requirement for professionals who are not only capable of generating success within their industries but are also equipped with the creativity, expertise and thought leadership to drive agribusiness growth into the rest of this century.

Graduates of the Marcus Oldham Master of Agribusiness are highly sought in:
• Commodity Trading
• Corporate Agriculture
• Food Processing Industries
• International Market Development
• Finance Industry
• Advisory Services to Agriculture
• Equity Markets
• Business Development Units of Multinational companies
• Export and Trade Organisations
• Agri-policy/Politics


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Entry Levels

To gain entry to the postgraduate program you need to:

  • Have completed a tertiary level qualification in agriculture, agribusiness, or a related discipline; 
  • Have completed a four year degree or honours degree in a different discipline
  • Have a portfolio of professional development courses and significant experience in agriculture or agribusiness or a related industry
To gain entry you will be asked to provide documentation to support your case. The documentation will be used to assess your eligibility for any Advanced Standing (AS).

Candidates with appropriate qualifications may be eligible for advanced standing (AS) towards units in the Program. Those with significant relevant industry experience and associated learning outcomes may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL).


Fees are reviewed annually. 

FEE-HELP is available and information can be obtained from the website or by contacting the College’s Finance Officer, via email at or by phone on 03 5247 2905. FEE-HELP loans for postgraduate studies do not incur the Federal Government’s loan fee. All FEE-HELP applications are administered through the College by the Finance Officer.


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To apply, please complete the online Enquiry or Contact:

Dr. Yasmin Chalmers (Director Postgraduate Studies)

P: +61 3 5247 2904


Student Services

P: +61 3 5243 3533

Or Fax to: 03 52441263 marked Attention: Student Services