Master of Māori and Indigenous Business

The Master of Māori and Indigenous Business (MMAIBus) is a part-time, online master's degree delivered in partnership with the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Massey University, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington and The University of Waikato.

The MMAIBus is tailored to help you gain the skills and knowledge to lead the burgeoning Māori economy.

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A good fit if you want to:

  • Improve your career and senior management prospects
  • Develop advanced business skills
  • Understand Māori and Indigenous approaches and values to business theory and business practice.

MMAIBus is a national collaboration between six New Zealand universities and leading Māori academics and business people, and has been designed to provide capable business people across New Zealand with access to advanced business education.

MMAIBus is for those involved in Māori and Indigenous business and those who wish to enhance their understanding in this field, perhaps as business owners, managers or administrators. This post-experience, distance-taught programme will equip graduates for senior leadership roles.

Venue

Online Learning: Classes are online, allowing you to complete the work when and where suits you, although there will be set timeframes around assessment.

Your study will start with a two-day wānanga, which will connect you with your national community of MMAIBus staff and fellow students.

Duration

  • This degree is part time only
  • No conjoint options are available

Programme overview

The MMAIBus is a 180-credit part-time, online master's programme offered by the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Massey University, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Waikato. The six universities share delivery of the programme providing you with access to leading academics and practitioners nationwide. Students enrol online with the university of their choice.

Students study part-time over three years. Each paper is distance-taught in blocks of ten weeks, four per calendar year. Students will undertake self-directed, individual and collaborative work and assignment preparation via an online learning management system, enabling students to study without compromising work commitments.

Throughout the programme you will engage with dynamic, relevant and meaningful content which has evolved from consultation with iwi, hapū and whānau, community and corporate leaders.

How does it work?

You will be expected to complete 12 core courses (180 credits) to attain your masters degree.

Generally, the MMAIBus journey will require you to take one paper during each 10-week quarter over three years. Please refer to ‘Alternative pathways for qualifications’ below.

Classes are online, allowing you to complete the work when and where suits you, although there will be set timeframes around assessment.

Your study will be kicked off with a two-day wānanga, which will connect you with your national community of MMAIBus staff and fellow students. Support services and group collaboration will also be explained to you during the wānanga.

What will you learn?

The burgeoning Māori economy needs skilled graduates able to stimulate local, national and international growth. You will gain advanced skills, knowledge and understanding of the practice and theory of Māori and Indigenous business, organisations and communities.

You will gain insight into cultural values and ethical business practice; be able to conduct independent research, seek innovative solutions and develop executable business strategies; and critically analyse, using culturally appropriate methods, sophisticated theories and appropriate technologies.

Entry requirements

Students admitted to the master's programme will be expected to hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification that shows the applicant’s ability to undertake postgraduate study.

Consideration will be given to relevant work experience and all applicants will be expected to have held positions of responsibility.

Applicants without an undergraduate degree will be able to start with a postgraduate diploma and then transition to the master’s programme.

GPA for qualifications

Bachelors degree – 4.0

Further programme requirements

Applicants must have at least three years’ relevant management experience and performed to an acceptable level in any tests of academic aptitude and/or interviews prescribed by the Board of Studies for Māori and Indigenous Business.

 Note: The programme is designed with exit credit options at the Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Business after the completion of 60 credits and a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business following 120 credits for students who do not meet the requirements for continuation or choose to exit the programme before completing the master's degree.

Alternative pathways to qualification

Management Experience Pathway

If you are not eligible for the MMAIBus then you may be able to enter the programme via the Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business pathway.

Further programme requirements

At least five years’ relevant management experience and performed to an acceptable level in any tests of academic aptitude and/or interviews prescribed by the Board of Studies for Māori and Indigenous Business.

Bachelor with Honours Pathway

Students admitted to the masters programme from honours programmes in a business discipline must pass courses with a total value of 120 credits.

Further programme requirements

At least three years’ relevant management experience and performed to an acceptable level in any tests of academic aptitude and/or interviews prescribed by the Board of Studies for Māori and Indigenous Business.

GPA for qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) – 4.0 (B-)

Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) – 4.0 (B-)

Bachelor of Business (Hons) – 4.0 (B-)

Bachelor of Business Analysis (Hons) – 4.0 (B-)

Bachelor of Communications Studies (Hons) – 4.0 (B-)

Bachelor of Electronic Commerce (Hons) – 4.0 (B-)

Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (Hons) – 4.0 (B-)

Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) – 4.0 (B-)

Postgraduate Diploma Pathway

Students admitted to the master's with an approved postgraduate diploma must pass courses with a total value of 120 points.

GPA for qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Business - 5.0

Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business - 5.0

The MMAIBus programme pathways:

16 courses, 240 credits in 4 years

12 courses, 180 credits in 3 years

8 courses, 120 credits in 2 years

Programme start date

9 April 2018

Career opportunities

You will be given the opportunity to be at the forefront of Māori and Indigenous-led enterprise, governance and management.

You will gain theoretical and practical knowledge equipping you to hold positions of significant responsibility within local and global business.

To succeed at a senior level in business, you must be able to communicate your work and findings effectively. The MMAIBus will give you advanced skills in oral, written and other communication media.

The qualifications, as described, are intended to assist with career advancement for candidates who are already in established positions.

Further study options

The qualifications are applied in nature, and are not intended to lead directly into a PhD programme. Graduates of the MMAIBus would not be able to continue with advanced academic study without completing further qualifying courses in research methodology and undertaking an appropriate research dissertation/project (minimum 30 points) prior to admission into a PhD programme.

Some of our people

Farah Palmer

Dr Farah Rangikoepa Palmer,  ONZM, Ngāti Maniapoto, WaikatoPhD (Otago), BPE (Otago)

Dr Farah Rangikoepa Palmer is a director of the Māori Business & Leadership Centre and a senior lecturer in the School of Management based on Massey's Manawatū campus.

Farah’s academic focus is sport sociology, sport management, leadership and governance as they relate to Māori and women in particular.

Jason Mika

Dr Jason Paul Mika, Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Kahungunu, PhD (Massey), MPP (VUW), BMS(Hons)

Dr Jason Paul Mika is a senior lecturer in the School of Management also based on the Manawatū campus. He is also a director of Te Au Rangahau, the Māori Business & Leadership Research Centre.

Jason’s research interests are indigenous entrepreneurship and management and indigenous methodologies in business research.


 

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