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Agricultural Management (Master's)

Environmental, commercial, digital: deepen your specialist knowledge and management skills in the agricultural industry.

AT A GLANCE

Academic qualification

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Duration of studies

3 semesters

Language of instruction

Deutsch

Location

Weihenstephan

Programme start date

Winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions

No

INFORMATION EVENTS

Information about events for potential students can be found on the German page for the degree programme.

What to expect from a degree in Agricultural Management

In the Agricultural Management master’s degree, you will broaden your technical knowledge and strengthen your management skills in the field of responsible and future-oriented production, processing and marketing of agricultural or horticultural products. The degree at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences equips you for a management role in companies along the horticultural and agricultural value chains, but also, for example, for the civil service working for public authorities.

Depending on your individual interests, you have the option to specialise in agricultural operations, ecological agriculture and horticulture or the corresponding value chains. Digitalisation and data management, sustainability and location suitability play a key role in this. The degree is organised jointly by the Departments of Sustainable Agriculture and Energy Systems, Horticulture and Food Technology, and Agriculture, Food and Nutrition angeboten. This means that you can choose from a selection of modules and benefit from a wide range of skills and knowledge.

COURSE CONTENT

Study Agricultural Management – Course content

The degree programme teaches you to develop innovative and practical systems.

The aim is to learn how to improve the management of agricultural and horticultural businesses in an environmentally friendly, location-specific and economically stable way, as well as to design corresponding value chains. You gain the skills required to adapt companies and value chains to new challenges.

The Master’s degree programme builds on the basic knowledge acquired during the Bachelor’s course of study, e.g. Agriculture or Horticulture. It consolidates and broadens your understanding of the systems that will play an important role in the future of the agricultural, horticultural and food sectors. You will acquire professional and methodological skills so that you can analyse, evaluate and optimise complex relationships of economy & management.

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Agricultural Management students in the field

COURSE STRUCTURE

Course structure – Master’s in Agricultural Management

The degree programme comprises three obligatory modules focusing on methodologies as well as a central practical project, and offers a wide range of optional modules so that you can build your own individual profile. The management-related required elective modules boost your managerial skills. The subject-specific required elective modules will deepen your specialist knowledge – always in the context of your specialisation.

You can choose one of the following specialisations at the start of the programme:

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  • Management of Operating Systems in Agriculture

    Taking the interdisciplinary analysis of existing businesses as a starting point (location, production, economics, marketing), you will acquire the skills to develop new, locally adapted operating systems that meet future requirements and conditions. You will focus on all the aspects of business operations, including internal and external interrelationships and interactions.

    Practical project:

    1. Projekt standortgerechte Betriebssysteme für landwirtschaftliche Betriebe

    Subject-specific required electvive modules (FWPM), e.g.:

    1. Teilflächenspezifischer Pflanzenbau
    2. Grünlandvegetation & Futterkonservierung
    3. Qualität landwirtschaftlicher Erzeugnisse
    4. Herdenmanagement Rind
  • Management of Operating Systems in Ecological Agriculture and Horticulture

    From the production all the way to the marketing of their products, ecological farms are especially reliant on coordinated internal processes that effectively take the potential and limits of their location into account. Besides specialist knowledge, the ability to understand and develop comprehensive systems plays an important role in this.

    Practical project:

    1. Projekt standortgerechte Betriebssysteme für Ökobetriebe

    Subject-specific required electvive modules (FWPM), e.g.:

    1. Ökologischer Marktfrucht- & Feldgemüsebau
    2. Fallstudien zum ökologischen Gartenbau
    3. Ökologische Schweine- & Geflügelhaltung
    4. Ökologische Rinderhaltung
  • Value Chain Management

    The success of agricultural and horticultural companies largely depends on how well they market their products to consumers across the entire value chain. This requires the ability to design the entire value chain from the production, preparation and processing of raw materials to efficient marketing to consumers. To teach these necessary skills, this specialisation focuses on the interdisciplinary consideration of the production, handling, processing and marketing of agricultural and horticultural products.

    Practical project:

    1. Projekt zur Wertschöpfungskettenkoordination

    Subject-specific required electvive modules (FWPM), e.g.:

    1. Welthandel in der Agrar- & Ernährungswirtschaft
    2. Tierschutz entlang der Wertschöpfungskette
    3. Kommunikation im Krisenmanagement
    4. Consumer Studies
  • Management-specific required elective modules (MWPM) - for all specialisations

    In addition, you choose three management-related required elective modules:

    1. Beratung, Kommunikation & Verhandlung
    2. Unternehmensmanagement, Personal, Steuer, Recht
    3. English for Specific Purposes
  • Module handbook

    Please note that the module handbooks are updated at the beginning of each semester and are valid for the current semester.

    Agricultural Management degree programme modules

    1. Modulhandbuch für Prüfungsordnung SS 2022

    Weihenstephan Language Centre modules

    1. Modulhandbuch Sprachenzentrum 98 (Bachelor)
    2. Modulhandbuch Sprachenzentrum 88 (Master)

    Required elective modules

    1. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule
    2. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule Master

You can find an overview of the obligatory modules and required elective modules in the module overview for the Agricultural Management degree programme (Modulübersicht).

CAREER

Study Agricultural Management and pursue a career

As a manager of tomorrow, you can work along the entire value chain in the agricultural, horticultural and food industries, in consultancy and research organisations or for administrative bodies and authorities within higher civil service in Germany or abroad – thanks to the breadth of the programmes of study and the options to tailor your degree to your individual interests, you have excellent prospects in all of these sectors.

Alumni Fabian Born

"The familiar environment, the close relevance to practice and the modern course content make the master’s degree in Agricultural Management unique. If you’re interested in agriculture and the related industry, this is the course for you – it will give you the best possible preparation for your career."

Fabian Born, Product Manager at the Innovation Lab of Bayer AG

Alumni Lisa Steinhuber

"The master’s degree allows you to specialise in individual subject areas and to develop personally. In Weihenstephan, you can make friends for life and connect to a network for your career in the sector. I will always have happy memories of my time there."

Lisa Steinhuber, Research Assistant at the Technology and Research Centre (TFZ) of the Renewable Raw Materials Competence Centre (Kompetenzzentrum für Nachwachsende Rohstoffe).

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REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for admission and applying to study Agricultural Management

To meet the admission requirements for the Agricultural Management degree course, you must have passed your undergraduate degree in one of the following subjects, with an above-average results:

  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Foodstuff Management
  • Agribusiness Marketing and Management
  • Agribusiness
  • Organic Food Products & Business
  • Agricultural / Horticultural Sciences
  • or a comparable course of study

You need to have passed your undergraduate degree with an overall grade of at least 2.59 or in the top 50% of students and have obtained 210 credits. If you passed your undergraduate degree with an overall grade of between 2.60 and 2.99, you have the opportunity to prove you have the necessary skills and expertise for the Master’s degree in a suitability interview.

If you have completed a programme of studies worth fewer credits (but at least 180 ECTs), you can obtain the missing credits by completing appropriate modules after starting the course.

You may start the degree programme before fulfilling the admission requirements (degree certificate not yet available), provided that you can submit evidence of them within six weeks of the start of the semester. In such cases, you are required to submit supporting documentation with your application confirming that you are expected to meet the admission requirements by the end of this six-week period.

You can apply online via the application portal. You can find all the details on our Application page.

The application period

  • for the summer semester is from the beginning of December to 15 January.
  • for the winter semester is from the beginning of May to 15 July.

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CONTACT

Do you have questions which have not been answered here?

We’re happy to help:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Ebertseder, Programme Director

Stephanie Strobl, Degree Programme Assistant

Prof. Dr. Michael Wagner, Management von Betriebssystemen in der Landwirtschaft

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Wilbois, Management von Betriebssystemen im Ökologischen Land- und Gartenbau

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hannus, Management von Wertschöpfungsketten

 

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Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Fakultät Nachhaltige Agrar- und Energiesysteme
Am Staudengarten 1
85354 Freising

T +49 8161-71-6402
F +49 8161-71-4496
ae[at]hswt.de

Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Fakultät Landwirtschaft, Lebensmittel und Ernährung
Markgrafenstraße 16
91746 Weidenbach

T +49 9826 654-131
F +49 9826 654-4131
lt[at]hswt.de

Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Fakultät Gartenbau und Lebensmitteltechnologie
Am Staudengarten 10
85354 Freising

T +49 8161 71-3378
F +49 8161 71-4417
gl[at]hswt.de

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