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Associate degree

Address concerns in food security, farming systems, climate change and shifting markets.

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  • Qualification
    Associate Degree in Agribusiness
  • Duration
    2 years full-time
  • Credit
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Why study Agribusiness at Curtin?


Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound. 

Work experience

Includes a work placement with agricultural research, production or business industries in Australia or abroad. 

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Curtin offers an Associate Degree in Agribusiness. The course is offered at Muresk Institute in Northam and Geraldton Universities Centre, with intensive lab elements delivered at Muresk Institute.

This course will provide you with an understanding of agricultural production systems and the business principles associated with the production, processing, marketing and distribution of food. It involves a high level of exposure to practical farm management.

You will graduate technically competent and commercially savvy, with contemporary agribusiness skills that will enable you to work in areas such as agricultural production, farm management and agricultural equipment sales.

This degree has been created in close collaboration with industry, to ensure it meets the needs of the Western Australian agriculture and food industry.

The course is delivered in study periods that reflect the farming cycle, meaning that if you work on a farm you will be able to return to it during seeding and harvesting.

Study themes include:

  • agribusiness accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing
  • agricultural production systems including animal and cropping systems
  • broadacre crop and pasture science
  • farm business management
  • international agricultural trade
  • soil and water resources.

The associate degree acts as a pathway into the Bachelor of Agribusiness, providing up to 24 months credit. Pathways into other bachelor degrees are also available.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

What jobs can the Associate Degree in Agribusiness lead to?


  • Agribusiness banking
  • Agronomic and livestock sales
  • Agronomic and livestock technical services
  • Business consulting
  • Commodity trading
  • Exporting
  • Financial management
  • International marketing
  • Professional farm management


  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture marketing and supply chain logistics
  • Agricultural product supply
  • Banking and finance
  • Farmer grower groups
  • Private farming

What you'll learn

  • apply principles and concepts of agribusiness systems management in a range of theoretical and practical situations
  • apply critical thinking and process skills to generate innovative solutions to agribusiness systems problems
  • use a range of technologies to locate, extract and appraise information relevant to the agribusiness discipline.
  • communicate effectively to clients, staff, professionals, management and industry and conform to discipline standards in presentations and publications.
  • consider profitability and sustainability when using new and established technologies in agribusiness related industries
  • acquire new knowledge and expertise in the field of agribusiness
  • consider the impacts of agribusiness issues from a global perspective, applying international standards within the field of agribusiness
  • build professional and community partnerships, and incorporate indigenous and other community perspectives in agribusiness practice
  • work professionally and ethically both independently and in teams, complying with appropriate legislation in the field of agribusiness

Professional recognition

Graduates may be eligible for associate membership of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.

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