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Bachelor of Communication (Communication Management)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • *Some planning advice may be required. More info on selecting majors/minors is under 'Planning'.
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Become a communication specialist

You’ll gain an understanding of the complexities, challenges, and rewards of interpersonal and organisational communication – you’ll be a communication specialist.

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What is it like?

Studying communication management at Massey gives you insight into how different forms of communication are used at work and in the community. You will also investigate how our ability to connect with others is influenced by factors such as culture, gender, and technology.

You can choose from courses that will re-shape how you understand yourself and your world, including Cross-Cultural Communication, Organisational Communication, Gender and Communication in Organisations. If you keep your grades up, you’ll also have the option of completing a communication internship.

International recognition

You will be joining a communication department that is ranked in the world’s top 150 (according to the QS International Rankings). Our lecturers come from both academic and industry backgrounds, giving you the best of both worlds. Massey’s communication programme is the longest-established inside New Zealand and our graduates have a well-earned reputation for excellence in both theory and practice.

Massey’s communication programme is only the seventh outside of the US to be recognised by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). This accreditation recognises Massey's "good connections with industry, its commitment to constant improvement, its strong leadership, and large research output". Accreditation means your degree is internationally recognised, making it easier to arrange a student exchange and find employment overseas.

The department of Communication, Journalism, and Marketing is housed within Massey Business School, which is ranked in the top 2% of business schools globally.  We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 in the world for our business administration and communication programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

Become a sought-after employee

You’ll emerge with skills that potential employers find very desirable. Communication management shows you how to communicate with diverse groups of people inside various organisational contexts, make presentations to colleagues and clients and write for a range of audiences across traditional and digital formats.

85% of graduates are employed within six months of graduation. These graduates are employed across nine different industry categories with more than 60 different job titles.

Learn with leaders in the industry

Massey was the first to offer a university-level communication management programme in New Zealand, back in 1979. Our teachers are highly regarded internationally, blending expert international scholarship with real-world experience, giving you insights into the world of communication and consulting. You will obtain a comprehensive overview of communication management issues and processes.

A good fit if you:

  • Are fascinated by organisational, group and team dynamics
  • Wish to develop your ability to influence and lead
  • Want to learn more about how communication can shape our social environments for the better (or worse)
Rebecca Ashcroft
Bachelor of Communication (Communication Management)
Graduated in 2016
Client Executive - SenateSHJ

“Day to day, I use much of what I learnt at uni, and am continuing to learn even more in my current role…”

"After leaving school, I began to study radio but soon realised I wanted to do something broader and more challenging, so I signed up for the Bachelor of Communication at Massey in Wellington.

The range of subjects, quality of teachers and tutors, and the overall learning experience was great, and I would recommend studying a Bachelor of Communication.

I majored in Communication Management and minored in Linguistics. The range of courses that I did opened my mind to a range of career choices and paved my way for pursuing a career in communications.

At SenateSHJ I engage with a number of clients, from government to the private sector and NGO’s. I do a range of interesting work around strategy, media, and internal communications.

In my last semester of study I went on a student exchange to Edinburgh University, which was a great experience. When I came back to New Zealand, Massey’s careers service and networking helped me find my first job at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). At MBIE I worked in the Corporate Communications team looking after the intranet, event management and working with the broader team on strategy development."


You may become an internal communications specialist, a social media advisor, or you may take on consultancy roles. Whatever your job title, though, the Bachelor of Communication (Communication Management) will give you the skills to engage in strategic planning, media and employee relations, and issues management.

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