Master of Business Studies (Banking) (MBS(Banking))

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Take your career to the next level

The Master of Business Studies will give you the skills to move up the hierarchy in your career

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What is it like?

In Massey University’s Master of Business Studies you will combine study of advanced theory with research in a specialised field of business to give you a career advantage.

A Master of Business Studies will give you the skills you need to progress your career, or continue to further study.
This masters requires you to have an undergraduate degree, but this does not have to be in a business subject.

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top five per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited.

You will learn from well-respected academics and business experts, gaining an international perspective on the major that you choose.

Complete in a shorter time

This master’s qualification offers the same rigorous and prestigious programme as other master’s degrees, yet can be completed in only three semesters (180 credits), or one and half years.

What will you learn?

A master’s is a rigorous, challenging, rewarding and exciting programme of study. Your study will focus on your chosen major, but help you put this speciality into the context of other business disciplines - reflecting the reality of today’s business environment.

To succeed at a senior level in business, or academia, you must be able to communicate your work and findings effectively.

The Master of Business Studies programme will develop your oral and written communication skills to the level expected of senior business leaders.

You will learn the processes and disciplines involved in high-level in-depth research and how to apply them to business. As part of your study you will complete and present a comprehensive written report on an independent research topic

Relevant learning

Massey’s programmes are research-led. The Master of Business Studies not only draws on the latest business research but also has a focus on real-world learning. We utilise our relationships with industry and help you draw on experience you may have to give your learning context and relevance to the real world.

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top five per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited.

QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) has ranked Massey University’s accountancy and finance degrees in the top 100 university programmes in the world, and its business and management programme in the top 200. Our lecturers are actively researching, bringing the most relevant developments in business theory and practice to your study.

Flexibility of study

The MBS offers a flexible study plan comprising of subject specialisation papers and research-focused papers.
Massey University’s uniquely broad range of study modes means you can fit your study around your life. Massey has three campuses, situated in Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington, and is New Zealand's leading university for distance learning.

A good fit if you:

  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree (or bachelor’s degree with honours) with good grades
  • Wish to progress your business career into a more senior level, or
  • Would like to continue on to further study such as a PhD


Business studies equips students with the flexible and highly portable skills employers are looking for. With a Master of Business Studies you will be prepared to take the next step in your career or to join the world of business in a variety of dynamic roles, from financial accountant to marketing manager.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report ‘Moving on up: What young people earn after their tertiary education' found that in New Zealand:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.
  • Young masters graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median.
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey Business School staff are internationally-renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with specialists like:

Associate Professor David Tripe

Dr Tripe came to Massey University in 1994 after 17 years of banking experience.

His personal research interests include bank performance and balance sheet structure, bank asset and liability management, systemic risk in banking and the related issues of macroprudential policy and bank capital, payment systems, the international expansion of banks, and other issues in banking management.

He is the director of Massey University’s Centre for Financial Services and Markets.┬áHis research is widely published and Dr Tripe is a regular media commentator on banking, interest rates and monetary policy issues.

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