Master of Advanced Leadership Practice

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Transform yourself

Transform yourself, engage those around you, and lead your organisation.

What is it like?

This qualification will help you become an outstanding leader by providing you with the knowledge and tools to be able to make positive change in your organisation and the world around you. You will learn not only how to lead, but how to release that potential in others.

Relevant learning

Massey University’s Master of Advanced Leadership Practice is a unique qualification in New Zealand. You will gain from Massey’s research-led approach, focusing on the latest findings in the fields of positive psychology and strengths-based leader development. Using internationally-tested and proven methods this programme has a strong focus on relevant, applied learning. We work hard to ensure your learning is relevant to your current situation, and career ambitions.

You are encouraged to bring challenges and current limitations from your workplace to the programme, ready for exploration and breakthrough solutions.

You will make the powerful shift from managing to leading, gaining a deep understanding of yourself, your performance and your impact on others. Learn how to motivate diverse teams and bring them with you. You can expect to emerge as an adept, authentic, self-aware and adaptable solution-seeker, who can think critically.

Who is it for?

The big question for organisations in all fields is: “Where are your leaders coming from?”. The answer is that many of those future leaders are already present in your staff.

You may be a mid-level or senior manager, or an employer who knows exceptional leaders are vital to an expanding and thriving organisation.

The Master of Advanced Leadership Practice is specifically designed for those who are currently in full-time positions.

What will you learn?

This is an intensive programme where we will help you develop the wide range of in-depth skills you need to become not just a good, but an excellent leader. 

You will distinguish yourself not only by your communication, coaching, negotiation and influence skills. By your self-awareness and emotional and social intelligence, enabling you to ‘read’ and deal with a myriad of potential situations. You will learn how to negotiate difficult situations in governance, ethics and conflict resolution. To manage change and stress. To be entrepreneurial, strategic and inspirational. All the while maintaining a healthy work-life balance and thinking about your and the organisation’s future.

How will you learn?

Experiential workshops are an integral part of MALP learning. They cover all aspects of being an effective leader, from established and emerging leadership concepts to self-awareness, advanced negotiation and influence, talent and diversity management, sustainability, mentoring, succession and future thinking.

Some will be centred around the engineering of peak performance, some include elements of sports and performing arts psychology, while others will focus on authenticity, power and politics. These focus on transforming any old inefficient behaviours into new more effective direction.

Ongoing assessments over the course of the programme include monthly reports and conducting a larger Social Enterprise Project.

MALP workshops run from 8:30am – 5:00pm between a Friday and Monday mid-month on the Massey (Albany) campus or at a residential Auckland location.

In the first year, two of your courses are run concurrently. Upon successfully completing these you will undertake a research course focusing on leadership in your organisation.

Be inspired

The Master of Advanced Leadership Practice is led by international specialists in their fields.

You will learn from inspirational leaders, creative practitioners and Massey University’s own acclaimed staff. Guest speakers will bring confidential insights and wisdom about the challenges they have faced. You will gain from an intensive and outcome-focused experience.

World-leading business school

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.

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 250 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

The University recognises a growing global demand for engagement between business schools and organisations in defining future leaders capable of making both the big directional and daily changes needed for organisations - and countries - to thrive in uncertain economic times.

A challenging and rewarding programme

A master's programme is a challenging programme that involves a substantial time commitment. Participants will be supported every step of the way through mentoring and coaching.

The MALP is 180 credits, meaning you can complete the programme in one and a half years.

A good fit if you:

  • Are an employer or manager who wants to help your key people to become excellent leaders
  • Are a specialist working at a senior level that wishes to develop your leadership and people skills
Dan Walker
Ngāti Ruanui
Master of Advanced Leadership Practice
Commercial Sales Executive at DellEMC

“Most master’s programmes focus on the academic learning whereas I found MALP had a strong experiential aspect to it as well. This meant that I could put what I learned immediately into practice.”

We had a great team of people running the MALP programme and supporting the cohort. They had a real passion for leadership and pushing us out of our comfort zones into new space. I found my coach to be fantastic and she helped guide me through some self-awareness "truths" that lifted my performance and leadership.

The calibre of the people chosen for the MALP programme was also top notch and I made some great networks who are helping me succeed and who I really want to help succeed.

The best single thing you will learn in MALP is leadership of yourself. Self-awareness of our strengths and areas of opportunity from a leadership perspective is powerful. I learned about what it means to step into the leadership space that is authentically me.

Today I am a Commercial Sales Executive at DellEMC - a global IT software hardware and infrastructure company. I lead a large national and global virtual team to ensure we help our clients on their very important digital transformation journeys. MALP has helped me with the soft leadership skills to help move teams across many silos in the right direction towards customer satisfaction - while not necessarily being their direct manager.

I'm also heavily involved in the Māori sector as Deputy Chair of my iwi Ngati Ruanui, Deputy Chair of NZ Māori Tourism, Chair of Whanau Marama Parenting, Chair of Indigenous Growth Limited, trustee of my marae Ohangai and many other advisory, non-profit and community boards. MALP has been extremely helpful in giving me confidence in my abilities to act effectively and think strategically in these varied leadership situations.


This is a new qualification, unique in New Zealand. You can expect this qualification to help you move into more senior positions, which involve managing teams of people.

This degree is directed by renowned business psychologist Mike Fiszer, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor Executive Education and Enterprise at Massey University. His wealth of experience includes similar programmes for international universities. More than 70 per cent of cohorts from these qualifications were promoted to positions of substantial responsibility while they were still on the programme.

“I've witnessed some real success stories, many who have really challenged themselves, got out of what I considered their comfort zones. I'm delighted with the results, in terms of development of leaders it has been very successful, and a completely different approach.”

Mark Mathieson, Managing Director, Networks, Scottish and Southern Energy

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