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The Associate Degree in Agribusiness is an industry-focused course, designed for those who want to learn about running a successful agricultural-based business.

This course is an ideal steppingstone for those currently working in agriculture who wish to move into leadership and management roles, or a great foundation for those wishing to enter the industry.

The program combines business studies in management, finance, marketing and planning with technical studies in agriculture through a unique blend of online learning, face-to-face classes, practical workshops and industry. The course content has been developed in consultation with industry.

If you have a passion for agriculture you may also want to explore our Agricultural Science options.

Learn about university terminology and definitions in our glossary

Course Options

Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness (Specialisation)

Minimum 1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time
Fully online

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Associate Degree in Agribusiness

Minimum 2 years full-time, up to 5 years part-time
Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast CRICOS 099993B

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Undergraduate Certificate in Agribusiness

Minimum 0.5 year full-time, up to 1 years part-time
Fully Online

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Get hands-on experience with local industry leaders, and current case studies from relevant and contemporary agricultural businesses.

Fast-track your studies and complete your degree in two years; or take a bit longer with the option to study part-time.

Within three months of completing this course, it’s estimated that 90% of graduates gain employment or are promoted in their current workplace.


At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Course breakdown

Associate Degree in Agribusiness (200 credit points)

Core units (150 credit points)

As part of your Associate Degree in Agribusiness, you will complete twelve Core units that provide you with a broad knowledge of both the profitability and productivity of agriculture-based businesses.

Elective Units (50 credit points)

You will complete four Elective Units in the Associate Degree in Agribusiness. Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from across the University in areas such as Arts, Business, Design, Science, and Information Communication Technologies. Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional units in the same discipline field.

By completing the Associate Degree in Agribusiness, you may receive some credit towards a bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania. The amount of credit received will be subject to the University’s discretion.


Year 1

Semester 1

Agribusiness Planning and Management

Managing People

Data and Analysis

Plus one elective unit.

Semester 2

Value Chain Management in Agribusiness

Business Finance

Principles of Weed Pest and Disease Management

Plus one elective unit.


Year 2

Semester 1

Fundamental Principles of Ag (A)

Fundamental Principles of Ag (B)

Principles of Soil Management

Plus one elective unit.

Semester 2

Principles of Crop Production

E-agribusiness, Technology, and Innovation

Herd and Pasture Management

Plus one elective unit.

Career outcomes

Madeleine Muirhead - Graduated 2019

“Since completing the Associate Degree in Agribusiness, I secured a place in the Nutrien Ag Solutions Graduate Program. I’m currently working within the livestock sector under Nutrien Ag Solutions involved in many areas including project management, branding & marketing, work health & safety, animal welfare & livestock management.”

For those graduates new to agribusiness, roles including trainee positions, team leaders, field officers and researchers are likely.

For graduates already working in agriculture, this degree will enable you to progress from assistant positions to managerial roles, or become a field officer, research team member or salesperson.

Potential types of employers:

  • Upstream of the farm: suppliers of seed, fertiliser, chemicals, machinery, stockfeed, labour, finance, business advisory, transport, consultancy, and specialist services such as harvesting contractors.
  • Primary production: cropping, horticulture, animal-based enterprises, aquaculture, pharmaceuticals, wineries, farm-based tourism.
  • Downstream of the farm: processors and value-adders, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, transport and storage operations, logistics, consultants.

Study Experiences

Experiential education and work integrated learning approaches are central to the Associate Degree in Agribusiness.

Whilst this course can be undertaken online, face to face and interactive enrichment activities are offered when appropriate. On completion of the two years, students are expected to have a fully developed Practice Manual that highlights all their achievements, including the development of transferable skills and professional attributes, so they leave with a tangible asset that showcases what the industry is looking for.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.