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Gain the human resource management knowledge and strategic skills to help elevate your career and maximise the potential of people within your organisation.
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Massey University’s Master of Management (Human Resource Management) will give you an international perspective on human resource management. You will learn how to become a human resources expert that has an in-depth knowledge of the theory of HR and the strategic skills to apply that to different types of industries and organisations.
This degree is most useful if you come from a discipline outside of HRM and have found yourself working at a level where you need human resource management skills. Or if you have an undergraduate human resources qualification and want to gain more in-depth knowledge.
If you wish to progress to a PhD upon completion, you should enrol in a Master of Business.
At Massey we recognise that the workplace does not always fit neatly with business theory. Every workplace is different, with many human and procedural variables.
That’s why the human resource management major in the Master of Management not only gives you a solid background in the most recent and relevant theory, but also has a strong practical industry-relevant component.
Although this is predominantly a taught programme, you will be expected to include industry case studies within your assignments, where you can apply your new-found knowledge to a real-life HRM issue.
A good human resource practitioner needs to not just a process administrator, but to be able to examine and assess the best way forward for each situation and individual. That’s why we don’t just teach you to be a practitioner, but to be a strategist.
This postgraduate programme will teach you how to take the best of the theory to solve issues in hugely varying workplace situations.
To be a really effective strategist you not only need great knowledge of human resources, but to understand other key business disciplines well.
You will be able to take advantage of Massey University staff expertise in the area of human resource management including human resource development, managing human resources, employment relations, employment law, equal employment opportunity, management development, contemporary issues and organisational behaviour.
The importance Massey University places on human resources is reflected in our focus on research programmes, such as the Massey People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research (MPOWER) Group which drives collaboration between human resource professionals, academics and other stakeholders. Massey also has close connections with the main industry body in New Zealand - the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) and works within their competency framework
The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top two per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited. You will learn from well-respected academics and business experts.
Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 200 in the world (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.
Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload of the Master of Management replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that this programme demands more in-depth and independent study.
Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise.
This masters requires you to have an undergraduate degree, but this does not have to be in a business subject.
“I had a great experience at Massey. The class sizes were good and the professors were very helpful and personable – it was a very supportive environment…”
After working as an accountant for six years, I decided it was time to change careers. I thought that a Master of Management majoring in human resource management would be a nice complement to my previous experience.
Employees are often an organisation’s biggest cost. Therefore, I was interested in learning how to motivate them and utilise them in a way that creates a win-win for both the employer but also for the employee.
I was fortunate enough to have many job opportunities at Massey, which were all relevant to my study. My first opportunity was to be the postgraduate representative on the MPOWER (Massey People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research) advisory board. I also worked as a research assistant on the living wage project with professors Jane Parker, Jim Arrowsmith and Stuart Carr. In addition, I worked as the MPOWER coordinator which allowed me to work closely with the people currently working within the human resource industry as well as other external and internal stakeholders.
My favourite part of studying at Massey were the opportunities that I was given around my work, study and connections with the industry. I felt like I really gained an insight to possible career paths.
I am planning on continuing with my study and starting my PhD. After that, I would either like to work at a university or as a consultant.
If you would like to progress into a management role, or are interested in progressing into a higher level of management, the Master of Management can facilitate this progression.
International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.
A Ministry of Education report found that:
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