Master of Business Studies (Accountancy)

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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.

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools and is AACSB accredited.

Massey University’s School of Accountancy has accreditation from national and international professional institutions including the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK). It was also awarded the AACSB accreditation for the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programmes.  The School is one of only two institutions in New Zealand and Australia awarded this prestigious accreditation. Only around 12 other institutions outside the USA have achieved this distinction. 

Massey University’s accountancy and finance programme ranks in the 200 universities in the world by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings and our business and management studies are ranked in the top 250.

We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration, finance and communication programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

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. Our lecturers are actively researching, bringing the most relevant developments in accounting theory and practice to your study. Massey is ranked third in Australasia and first in New Zealand for accounting research impact and productivity.

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.

Flexibility of study

The MBS offers a flexible study plan comprising of subject specialisation courses and research-focused courses.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload of the Master of Business Studies replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles and high-level research. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

  

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

Careers

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 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s accountancy staff are internationally renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with specialists like:

Professor Mike Bradbury

Dr Bradbury’s research interests are in corporate financial reporting, financial analysis and capital budgeting. His publications include articles in the Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review and the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy.

Dr Bradbury is actively involved in professional accounting activities, including: External Reporting Board (XRB); Academic Advisory Panel of the Australian Accounting Standards Board. He is a founding and current member of Quantitative Accounting Research Network 2012-2017. He is a FCA-Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (now Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand) and a Life Member of the AAANZ.

Prior to his academic career he was, for ten years, a chartered accountant with a large accounting firm in Auckland and London. His consulting includes litigation support for accounting opinions and business valuations.

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