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Master of Sustainable Agriculture

Graduation requirements

To graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture, students must successfully complete four subjects including two core subjects and two elective subjects equating to 32 points. Students will graduate with the award GradCertSustAgric.

To graduate from the Graduate Diploma of Sustainable Agriculture, students must successfully complete eight subjects including three core subjects and five elective subjects equating to 64 points. Students will graduate with the award GradDipSustAgric.

To graduate from the Master of Sustainable Agriculture students must successful complete 12 subjects including 7 Core subjects (one of which is a 16 point subject) and 4 elective subjects equating to 96 points. Students will graduate with the award MSustAgric.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

The Sustainable Agriculture program is flexible, and designed to meet the needs of agriculture by equipping students with the necessary skills to balance the natural resource, human and economic factors that affect agricultural sustainability.

The Sustainable Agriculture program brings together studies in the three key domains of sustainability: agricultural and natural systems; agribusiness; and the humanities. Through the development of creative and critical perspectives on sustainability, the courses focus on innovative ways of enhancing agriculture for the medium to long term. Graduates are equipped to provide leadership in policy, research and strategic management that is relevant to a wide range of industry contexts. The program allows students to rapidly complete a Graduate Certificate and /or progress through a Graduate Diploma to Master degree, and thence be credited into the Doctorate when entry requirements are met. The course can be studied full-time at Orange Campus or by distance education.

The aim of Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Agriculture is to provide a graduate qualification in sustainable agriculture which will meet the vocational and professional requirements of students. It aims to develop further understanding of topic areas undertaken in a prior qualification, or develop new understanding in areas to broaden the knowledge of students.

The Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture is designed to meet two needs:

  • for specific vocational purposes, to broaden or develop professional knowledge and skills either already gained in an undergraduate program, or in a new area
  • to promote the acquisition of advanced analytical and problem solving skills and conceptual insight that will enhance the capacity of the candidate to undertake positions of significant responsibility in the chosen field.

The Master of Sustainable Agriculture aims to promote advanced, critical reflection by:

  • promoting the acquisition of advanced analytical and problem solving skills and conceptual insight that will enhance the capacity of the candidate to undertake positions of significant responsibility in their chosen field
  • encouraging excellence in scholarship and / or focused research within the candidate's discipline area.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

CSU's courses in Sustainable Agriculture are ideal for retraining professionals to redirect or enhance their existing capabilities for a career in the agricultural or agribusiness sectors.

Graduates find careers in advisory and policy/advocacy roles, executive management, agriculture and agribusiness consultancy, the agricultural finance sector, Landcare and catchment management agency roles, natural resource management, agricultural education and training and as rural counsellors.

Students of the Master degree who wish to progress onto a Doctorate in Sustainable Agriculture may be admitted, providing the entry requirements are met. Successful applicants will be eligible to receive credit. The Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture provides further opportunity to undertake rigorous, in-depth and ground-breaking applied research into an aspect of sustainability under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Students graduate with enhanced analytical and creative thinking skills through the application of their learning to real world issues, and become autonomous and self-directed learners who are competent in research areas relating to their choice of study.

Course structure

Graduate Certificate

Core subjects

AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems

Restricted electives

Plus 2 electives

Graduate Diploma

Core subjects

AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
AGR402 Readings in Agriculture
AGB440 Rural Resource Economics
AGB555 Managing Rural Change

Restricted electives

Plus 3 electives

Masters

Core subjects

AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
AGR580 Research Methods
AGR610 Sustainable Agriculture Dissertation (16pts)
AGR402 Readings in Agriculture
AGB440 Rural Resource Economics
AGB555 Managing Rural Change

Restricted electives

Plus 4 electives

Electives can be from any of the following areas.

Agribusiness/Rural Management

AGB410 Agribusiness Marketing
AGB450 Agribusiness Management 2
MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Management
AGR501 Special Topics 1
AGR502 Special Topics 2
AGR503 Special Topics 3
AGR512 Property Catchment and Management

Irrigation and Water Resource Management

AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
IRR400 Fundamentals of Irrigation
IRR401 Management of Irrigation Systems
PSC420 Water Policy and Management
AGR501 Special Topics 1
AGR502 Special Topics 2
AGR503 Special Topics 3

Cropping Systems Management

AHT404 Climate Change (Impacts and Mitigation)
AGR583 Alternative Agriculture
AGS402 Weed and Pesticide Sciences (PG)
PSC690 Integrated Pest Management
PSC415 Soil Management
AGR501 Special Topics 1
AGR502 Special Topics 2
AGR503 Special Topics 3

Extension and Capacity Building

AHT401 Agroecosystems and Human Values
AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
ASG453 Human Ecology (PG)
AGB462 Managing Sustainable Development (PG)
AGR501 Special Topics 1
AGR502 Special Topics 2
AGR503 Special Topics 3

Enrolment pattern

It is recommended that elective subjects be chosen based on those attributes and skills you require to further your chosen pathway or career in sustainable agriculture.

Other subjects within the University may be substituted with the advice an approval of the course coordinator.

Graduate Certificate

Session 1

AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
Plus 1 Elective

Session 2

AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
Plus 1 Elective

Graduate Diploma

Session 1

AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
AGR402 Readings in Agriculture
AGB440 Rural Resource Economics
Plus 1 elective

Session 2

AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
AGB555 Managing Rural Change
Plus 2 electives

Masters

Session 1

AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
AGR402 Readings in Agriculture
AGR580 Research Methods
AGB440 Rural Resource Economics

Session 2

AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
AGR610 Sustainable Agriculture Dissertation
AGB555 Managing Rural Change
Plus 1 elective

Session 3

AGR610 Sustainable Agriculture Dissertation
plus 3 electives (from the list of electives)

Restricted electives

Agribusiness/Rural Management

AGB410 Agribusiness Marketing
AGB450 Agribusiness Mana gement 2
MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Management
AGR501 Special Topics 1
AGR502 Special Topics 2
AGR503 Special Topics 3
AGR512 Property Catchment and Management

Irrigation and Water Resource Management

AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
IRR400 Fundamentals of Irrigation
IRR401 Management of Irrigation Systems
PSC420 Water Policy and Management
AGR501 Special Topics 1
AGR502 Special Topics 2
AGR503 Special Topics 3

Cropping Systems Management

AHT404 Climate Change (Impacts and Mitigation)
AGR583 Alternative Agriculture
AGS402 Weed and Pesticide Sciences (PG)
PSC690 Integrated Pest Management
PSC415 Soil Management
AGR501 Special Topics 1
AGR502 Special Topics 2
AGR503 Special Topics 3

Extension and Capacity Building

AHT401 Agroecosystems and Human Values
AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
ASG453 Human Ecology (PG)
AGB462 Managing Sustainable Development (PG)
AGB555 Managing Rural Change
AGR501 Special Topics 1
AGR502 Special Topics 2
AGR503 Special Topics 3

Articulation

  • Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture
  • Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture
  • Master of Sustainable Agriculture

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Orange

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

  • Master:
    • 1.5 years full-time
    • 3 years part-time
  • Graduate Diploma:
    • 1 year full-time
    • 2 years part-time
  • Graduate Certificate:
    • 6 months full-time
    • 1 year part-time

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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