MSc International Agribusiness

Agribusiness – understand, connect, innovate. Shape the future of an industry in upheaval and change.

From farm to fork - the international food and agribusiness sector has a huge potential for growth and innovation. There is an imminent need for well-versed shapers and makers to take advantage of these opportunities.

This programme focuses on mastering change and uncertainty, opening channels for success and innovation.

Accreditations and rankings

This programme is FIBAA accredited and GISMA Business School is awaiting final state approval. 

FIBAA is a nationally as well as internationally experienced agency for quality assurance in higher education. Customer-oriented, efficient, fast and flexible work are some of its trademarks. This accreditation is according to the standards of the German Accreditation Council.

Who is the programme for? 

This program is designed for young professionals who want to leave their mark in international agribusiness. It is designed for ambitious individuals who want to excel in cross-functional roles and settings, bringing together knowledge and expertise from different fields.

Prior business experience is a must and will be a core benefit for the student group.

Why choose this programme? 

In this programme, we combine technical and theoretical expertise with high practical relevance and applicability. Understanding international agribusiness and the interconnection between sectors and business areas will be crucial for organisational and personal success. Not only accepting the network organisation of the future but also embracing the change and potential it offers.

What will you learn? 

You’ll learn how the complete value chain works from production to plate, giving you the ability to enter almost any role within the sector. Also, you’ll be studying in Hannover – a city which is ideally placed in northern Germany, close to the agribusiness cluster and opportunities for employment.

  • You get an overview of the complete value chain in agribusiness - from farm to fork! 
  • You are prepared to face the challenges of agribusiness in transition.
  • You have in-depth knowledge and skills of modern organisational and management concepts for internationally operating companies in the agri-food industry.
  • You know about current innovations, e.g. from the processing of plant and animal products to the potential of e-commerce and blockchain technologies.
  • You have gained a systemic and overarching understanding of agribusiness.
  • You are aware of the impact of changes that result from digital technologies on society, business, culture and the individual.
  • You are able, through academic knowledge and practical tools, to direct this impact to set up individuals and organisations for success.

How will you study? 

GISMA Business School supports flexible and individual learning by applying a systematic blended learning scheme. The blended learning is composed of e-learning phases as well as intensive block phases (residencies). The residencies take place in Hannover and require your physical attendance. During the e-learning phases, you can access materials, work with your study team and talk to your professors from anywhere in the world through our e-learning platform.

You can also choose between studying in full-time or part-time mode:

As a full-time student, you will spend approximately eight weeks in class physically in Hannover. These residencies will be split into two-week blocks that are spread evenly over the year. Between the residencies – in the e-learning phases – you will for example work on cases, reflect on readings, take part in online discussions and participate in group exercises and projects.

As a part-time student, you engage in the same structure and activities, however, your schedule and workload are stretched over a longer period to allow you to stay on the job or take care of other commitments. In the part-time mode, you will normally have two residencies of two weeks per year.  

The master thesis, which normally takes six months for full-time and 12 months for part-time students, can be started after the last residency has been taken place.

Please note: As a full-time student it is possible to stay as a student all the time in Hannover OR stay in your home country and travel four times a year to attend the residencies.

For the 2020 intake, in full-time study mode the residencies take place in:

  • April 2020
  • July 2020

For the 2020 intake, in part-time study mode the residencies take place in:

  • April 2020
  • January 2021
  • July 2021

Doing Business in Global Markets

  • Students receive an introduction to the global agribusiness value chain and the objectives and didactic methods of the study programme.

Managing for Change & Innovation

  • The Art of Leadership and Managing for Value Creation
  • Change Management and Business Transformation
  • Social Skills in Management

Strategy & Technology Management

  • Technology & Innovation Management
  • Strategy & Innovation Debates

Data, Finance & Forecasting

  • Accounting, Audit & Agricultural Investment
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Predictive Analytics & Big Data Application Across the Food Value Chain

Food Production and Alternative Uses of Commodities

  • Agribusiness Production Dynamics across Food Categories
  • Green Technologies
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Farming
  • Feeding the 10 billion: Producing for sustainable Diets & Well Being

Production Environment and Adaptability

  • Value Chain and Regional Resilience
  • Public Policy, Stakeholders and Integrated Assessments
  • Water and Resources in Agribusiness: Creating more Resilience and Adaptiveness
  • Regulatory Response, Food Safety and Labelling

Production and Processing Technology

  • Management and Logistics for Production and Processing
  • Agritechnology and Big Data
  • Processing Techniques

Innovation in Production and Processing

  • Life Cycle Assessment and Supply Chains
  • New Directions in Food Processing
  • Waste Elimination & Recycling in Food Processing

Retailing and Consumers

  • Consumer Behaviour and Effects on Production Systems
  • Risk and Recall Management
  • The Last Mile: Trends in Food Retailer Supply Chain Management

Marketing in Agribusiness

  • Concepts and Methods of Agribusiness Marketing
  • Digital Marketing & E-Commerce
  • Doing Business in Emerging Markets

*Programme content subject to change

Career direction

Upon finishing this programme, you have built on your specialist knowledge and are now able to bring a holistic approach to the field of international agribusiness.

You are well-equipped to take the next steps in larger and international organisations and take up responsibility in all business-relevant roles.

Fees and funding

Please contact a programme advisor for more details on how to apply.

Tuitions fee - €18,600 / Year

Flexible payment plan

GISMA offers flexible payment plans that allow you to spread the costs of your programme fees across three instalments. Also, you can opt for monthly instalments. Discounts are available. A deposit of €2,000.00 is required to start, then 1-12 month instalments of €1,383.33.

Please note that all payment plans are suggested only. A specific payment plan for you can be agreed with GISMA and only the deposit is the fixed amount that is required. Students can spread out the payments as they like, as long as this is in line with the payment date deadlines.

*Terms and conditions apply. 

Entry requirements 

  • Undergraduate or Bachelor's degree or equivalent of a good grade average in economics, geography, agronomy, agricultural sciences or equivalent degrees (please discuss country equivalents with your programme consultant) 
  • 2 years of relevant work experience after a first academic degree
  • English proficiency: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
  • CV
  • Motivational Statement of 500 words

Non-standard entry routes are not available. Please seek clarification on qualification entry requirements with our admissions team. 

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Germany has the 2nd best unemployment rate in the EU, at 3,1%*

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4th Best Graduate starting salary at £40,650**
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Key facts

  • Full-time Part-time
  • Hannover
  • 18 or 36 months
  • April 2020
  • € 18600 per course

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Earn up to €40,000, the average graduate salary in Germany*

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2nd best

 Germany has 2nd best unemployment rate, at 3.4%**



This programme is FIBAA accredited and GISMA Business School is awaiting final state approval 


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