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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Master of Agribusiness

Be a leader of agribusiness

Based in the heart of the Australian food, wine and agriculture industry, our Master of Agribusiness creates future food and agribusiness leaders through a unique mix of business fundamentals, practical experience and global connections.

With growing global populations and climate challenges impacting our ability to feed the world sustainably, our master degree prepares you to meet these challenges, and equips you for leadership and problem-solving in an ever-expanding and increasingly complex global marketplace.

What will you do?

Our Centre for Global Food and Resources has conducted extensive research with some of Australia’s leading agribusiness firms to develop a program that effectively integrates academic knowledge with industry application. This degree will help you refine the practical research, advisory, and business skills necessary for a successful career in food and agricultural related industries.

You will

  • complete a capstone research project that lets you showcase the skills you have learned across the program
  • have access to two elective options that give you the flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests and career objectives, these electives including a full range of internship options with leading agribusiness companies.
  • Where could it take you?

The agribusiness value chain is one of Australia’s largest and most important industry sectors. When considering the whole chain from production through to retailing, the agribusiness industry currently employs approximately 1.4 million people across Australia* and is forecasted to continue providing positive labour outlooks for years to come.

With recent reports indicating there have been as many as five agri-business job openings per graduate in recent years, favourable employability outcomes exist for you in the local, national, and global value chain networks, including key areas such as: food retailers, processors, traders producers as well as a full range of service providers including financial agencies, agricultural consultancies and input and support suppliers.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

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  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
Students develop advanced skills and understanding in leadership and strategy, business and financial management, global markets and food trends, innovation and global value chains, and professional communication.

This equips them for careers in local, national, and global value-chain networks. A wide variety of roles will be possible with:
food retailers
food processors
banks and financial agencies
agricultural consultancy services
research centres
input suppliers
both government and non-government organisations.

Potential careers
Agriculture, Agricultural Service Industry, Business Management, Food Industry Worker

PSW Opportunity

NA

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6

TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27

Pearson Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
 
C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
 
Tertiary Qualifications
Any relevant Agriculture, Food or Business Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum of one year full time equivalent work experience supported by their CV, essay and interview.
OR
b) Any Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum of three years full time equivalent work experience supported by their CV, essay and interview.
OR
c) Applicants without a Bachelor degree or equivalent will be considered on the basis of a minimum of seven years full time equivalent work experience supported by their CV, essay and interview.