International Agribusiness and Rural Development (IARD)
International Agribusiness and Rural Development (IARD)

International Agribusiness and Rural Development (IARD)

The IARD-Program

Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) Programme in International Agribusiness and Rural Development (IARD)


The M.Sc. Programme International Agribusiness and Rural Development (IARD) is designed to prepare highly qualified professionals who wish to pursue a career within the private or public sector, research or non-governmental organizations in agribusiness and rural development. Students will develop solid economic and business skills and have the opportunity to broad their understanding of the agricultural and food sector at international level.

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Objectives of the program

  • To apply economic and management theory to problems of agribusiness and rural development
  • To analyze and understand the decisions made by public and private actors in agriculture and agribusiness
  • To develop strategies and solutions to combat hunger, poverty and resource depletion
  • To acquire methodological and theoretical skills for scientific analysis.

  • The core study programme consists of modules covering international agricultural economics, agricultural and rural development policy as well as business administration, management and agribusiness marketing, development economics and rural sociology. As a research-oriented programme, strong emphasis is placed on acquiring methodological research skills in the fields of econometrics, marketing and social sciences. The programme also offers excursions to agribusiness enterprises, international fair trades, governmental and non-governmental organizations (check our NEWS section)

    There are three teaching semesters with a total of no less than fifteen modules. During the three teaching semesters, students are expected to attend a total of 15-17 modules; the last semester is dedicated to field research and writing the Master´s thesis.

    IARD provides excellent career perspectives in national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations and enterprises in the fields of agriculture, agribusiness and international trade. Since 2002 many of our Alumni have embarked on careers with international and national agribusiness enterprises, with organizations such as the FAO, the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ), several research centres, universities and with various national governments.

    The M.Sc. Program "International Agribusiness and Rural Development (IARD)" is offered by the Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany in partnership with:

  • University of Talca, Chile
  • Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia

  • The DAAD offers scholarships to applicants' from Latin-America and Caribbean (Talca Program) and from Southeast Asia (Bogor Program). Applicants from other regions have to self-finance their studies or apply to other funding institutions (Financial Aid)

    If you are interested in the programme, please read carefully through the website and if you feel convinced, as well as eligible, send us your application (consider the section "Talca Programm" for further information).

    The applications will be reviewed by an Academic Selection Committee of the two partner universities and the DAAD. This committee will select the candidates who will be awarded with a DAAD scholarship and those will be admitted to the M.Sc. Programme.

    The program is mainly financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

    Last modified: 21.08.2018 JSE