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Associate Degree


Associate Degree in Agribusiness
2 years full-time


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


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. 

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Professional recognition

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

Career information


  • 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

Admission criteria

Admission criteria into the associate degree will be lower than for the bachelor degree to provide access for students who would otherwise not meet admission criteria for a bachelor degree. There will be admission pathways for a broad range of students, including applicants with vocational education and training, work and life experience and recent secondary education. 

Note: The associate degree will be a pathway into the full Bachelor of Agribusiness, providing up to 24 months credit. Pathways into other bachelor programs will be available. 

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

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  • Curtin course code: AD-AGRIB
  • CRICOS code: 098315D
  • Last updated on: 11/08/2022