Become a business leader in the thriving horticultural industry

03 Aug 2021
The value of the New Zealand horticulture industry has grown by more than 60% in the past decade due to investment in new varieties of crops, growing techniques, and harvest and post-harvest practices.

This makes horticulture a fantastic career to pursue, especially as the agricultural sectors continue to diversify.

Employers desperately need professionals with horticultural business know-how and Lincoln University’s strong applied horticultural knowledge and research base offer the ideal environment for your training.

Prepare to become a business leader in the thriving horticultural industry with one of Lincoln’s specialised qualifications.

The Bachelor of Commerce (Horticulture) is a three-year degree with a practical work component, giving you the skills to help drive the future growth of the food producing sectors.

Alternatively, if you are already working in the industry, the 12-month Diploma in Horticultural Business – delivered mainly online – will broaden your business capabilities so you can further your career. The diploma is part of the Government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund, meaning that until the end of 2022, the programme is free to eligible domestic students. 

Lincoln Professor Alison Bailey says the goal of the Bachelor of Commerce (Horticulture) programme is to equip you with management skills that apply directly to the specific and complex nature of the sector.

“Extensive feedback from industry suggests that higher level academic training will be needed for managerial staff,” she points out. “Career opportunities include management and advisory positions in the horticultural industry or food-related organisations, with the potential to move into a governance role.

“Business skills are also needed in associated areas such as the agrochemical, fertiliser and horticultural technology industries, so there will be a wide range of career possibilities open to you when you graduate.”

With the online delivery of the Diploma in Horticultural Business, you can continue working as you study. Three face-to-face events, including a workshop and a field trip, are held during the year to allow for hands-on learning and networking.

“The diploma has been designed to offer business skills that can be immediately put into practice, with exposure to real-world industry case studies and a problem-based learning approach,” Professor Bailey says.

Apply now at to begin growing your career in horticulture. 



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