Master of Business Studies (Communication)

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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.

Find out more about the Master of Business Studies parent structure.

What is it like?

Massey University’s Master of Business Studies gives you a career advantage by combining the study of advanced theory with the opportunity to do specialised, business-focused research.

This master’s requires you to have an undergraduate degree, but this does not have to be in a business subject.

A specialist communication university

We have the longest-running communication programme in New Zealand, the largest numbers of students in any university communication programme and the most options for communication-related study. Massey University’s graduates have a long-standing reputation for excellence in both theory and practice.

International recognition

You will be joining communication and media-related programmes ranked as some of the best in the world.

Massey’s communication programmes are only the seventh outside of the US to be recognised by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). This prestigious award recognises Massey's "good connections with industry, its commitment to constant improvement, its strong leadership, and large research output".

Massey University’s communication and media studies programmes also rank in the top 200 and our business and management programmes rank in the top 250 in the world (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings).

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

A master’s is a rigorous, challenging, rewarding and exciting programme of study. Your study will focus on your chosen major while helping you see the bigger picture: You’ll take on a specialist path of study while learning how it fits in the context of other business disciplines.

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 provides a path to this success by helping you 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 use our relationships with industry (and encourage you to draw on your own experiences) to give your learning context and real-world relevance.

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
  • Are interested in a postgraduate qualification with a research component
  • Wish to progress your business career into a more senior level, or
  • Would like to pursue further study (e.g. 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.

A master’s qualification helps you stand out in the employment market.

Sought after by employers

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.

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.

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