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Graduate Diploma of Agribusiness

  • Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma of Agribusiness is an 8 unit, 2 trimester degree in agribusiness. It offers students the ability to build their knowledge and practical skills in agriculture through a combination of core units and electives.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
2 quarters full-time, 4 quarters part-time
Study Mode
Intake Months
Jan, May, Sep
Domestic Fees
$24,640 per year / $24,640 total

About this course

The Graduate Diploma of Agribusiness is an 8 unit, 2 trimester degree in agribusiness. It offers students the ability to build their knowledge and practical skills in the agriculture through a combination of core units and electives.

The degree can be a pathway to the slightly longer (3 trimester) Master of Agribusiness, or an extension to the shorter (1 trimester) Graduate Certificate of Agribusiness.

Marcus Oldham College postgraduate programs are designed for people wanting to enhance their career prospects in agribusiness. With an emphasis on management and critical thinking, the programs are designed to

  • Build on professional experience,
  • Develop high‐level analytical skills, and
  • Broaden understanding of the agribusiness sector.

We have built the program for those who want to lead in agriculture‐related industries in either government or corporate roles. This might include managers of food and fibre production, logistics, commodity trading, banking and finance, property, government regulation, rural research and development, food processing and more.and more.

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

Entry requirements

To gain entry, candidates will need one of the following:

  • Have completed a tertiary level qualification in agriculture, agribusiness, or a related discipline; OR
  • Have completed a four-year degree or honours degree in a different discipline; OR
  • 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:

  • Acceptance to the program
  • Advanced standing (AS)
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Students may be denied admission to the program if their portfolio is insufficient to indicate they have a reasonable chance of completing the course they have applied for.

Minimum Prior Qualification

Study locations


What you will learn

You’ll be able to identify and evaluate the range of new and emerging issues which may impact  agribusiness at regional, national and global levels. You’ll also identify and understand the elements of risk in agribusinesses and food/fibre supply chains, as well as the strategies to manage the impact on agribusiness enterprises.

Career pathways

Australian agriculture employs approximately 270,000 people who 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 postgraduate programs 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

Course structure

  • 4
  • 4

The postgraduate program is offered online with study guides, text books, tutorial support, library access, administrative assistance and student discussion/chat groups. Students can design a tailored study plan which can include a combination of part‐time and full‐time study and the flexibility to choose the order in which units are studied. Units are delivered over twelve‐week trimesters with approximately 10 hours per week study time expected for each unit.

Full‐time study is equivalent to 4 units at 40 hours study time per week and part-time is anything less than this.

There are three trimesters each year; the first and second trimesters have the most comprehensive sets of units on offer and the third (summer) trimester has a  more limited number of units.

Compulsory Units

  • Agribusiness Marketing
  • Agribusiness Financial Analysis
  • Agribusiness Systems Analysis
  • Strategic Management for Agribusiness
  • Thought Leadership through Inquiry – Proposal Development
  • Thought Leadership through Inquiry – proposal Investigation

Elective Units

  • Agribusiness Risk Management
  • Contemporary Managerial Issues in Agriculture and
  • Agribusiness – Australian Perspective
  • Developing the New Venture
  • International Agribusiness
  • Leadership
  • The Rural Entrepreneur Context
  • Case Studies in Global Agribusiness
  • Strategic Human Resource Management

Credit for prior study or work

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).

If you are ineligible for the Graduate Diploma of Agribusiness, you may be able to enrol in the Graduate Certificate of Agribusiness and on completion progress to the Graduate Diploma of Agribusiness (and then to the Master of Agribusiness if desired), possibly with advanced standing.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the online enquiry or contact:

Dr Heather Davis

Director Postgraduate Studies
+61 3 5247 2904