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Bachelor of AgriCommerce

Key facts

  • 3 years of full-time study

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Entry requirements

A university entrance qualification is required. It is desirable to have credit for NCEA Level 3 in Agriculture / Horticulture / Biology / Chemistry / Geography, Economics / Modelling and Statistics, plus literacy and numeracy. Study in at least some of these subjects will help your transition to University study.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

You may be eligible for cross-credits from a completed or an incomplete tertiary qualification

For example:
Up to 120 credits can be given for a completed three-year qualification from an approved tertiary institution depending on your year of regulations and chosen major. Where possible, Core courses are normally given as credit, followed by elective credits.

For transfer of credit from an abandoned, incomplete tertiary qualification, up to 255 credits can be given if an appropriate fit is found.

How do I apply?

You can apply for credit via your Student Homepage. The credit/cross-credit application should be made early, particularly for non-Massey University qualifications. This will allow your application to be considered and approved credits to be entered on your academic record which will make the enrolment process easier for you.

Planning your programme

Completing the minimum 360 credits needed for the Bachelor of AgriCommerce degree usually takes a full-time student three years. 

To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete your degree please check the regulations.

For each course, check for prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions that may affect you, by searching the course code in the Course Search.

Understanding our course numbers

Course numbers are divided into three parts:

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Bachelor of AgriCommerce structure

At Massey a credit system is used for our degrees. To complete a Bachelor of AgriCommerce the following is required.

  • Total of 360 credits completed. That’s 24 courses of 15 credits each
  • Up to 165 credits (11 courses) may be completed at 100-level
  • At least 195 credits (13 courses) completed above first year. Of these 75 credits or more must be from 300-level courses
  • 26 weeks of relevant practical work and two associated reports

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


115.112 Accounting for Business
115.113 Economics of Business
115.114 Finance Fundamentals
115.116 Introduction to Marketing
119.150 Practicum I
119.180 Introduction to Agribusiness
161.140 Agri-Statistics
123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences or 123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems
117.153 Introduction to Animal Production in New Zealand
119.120 Plants for Agriculture and Horticulture
189.151 Principles of Soil Science
112.248 Food and Agribusiness Value Chains
115.211 Business Law
119.250 Practicum II
119.373 Integrative Studies or 239.373 AgriCommerce Capstone

Depending on your major, you will also take two further compulsory core courses:

Option One

Core courses for Farm Management, Māori Agribusiness and Rural Valuation

119.281 Decision Tools for Primary Industries
And one of:
119.231 Agricultural and Horticultural Infrastructure
127.242 Introduction to Property Valuation
138.255 Engineering Principles in Food and Fibre Production
152.261 International Business

Option Two

Core courses for Agricultural Economics, Food Marketing and Retailing, International Agribusiness:

152.261 International Business
And one of:
119.281 Decision Tools for Primary Industries
127.242 Introduction to Property Valuation
138.255 Engineering Principles in Food and Fibre Production

26 weeks of relevant practical work (2 x 13 week blocks of full time work).

For majoring course requirements refer to specific major web pages.

Majors or endorsements


  • Agricultural Economics
  • Food Economies and Society
  • Food Marketing and Retailing
  • International Agribusiness
  • Māori Agribusiness
  • Rural Valuation

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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