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Master of Management (Financial Economics)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 1-year offering available on the Manawatu campus
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Take the next step

The Master of Management will increase your business knowledge to help move your career in a new direction. You don’t have to have a qualification in business to undertake this master’s.

Find out more about the Master of Management parent structure.

What is it like?

Massey University’s Master of Management will give you an international perspective on management and business, building on your communication skills to learn how to work with management at a senior level.

Financial economics concentrates on decision-making under uncertainty. These decisions are applied to a variety of capital markets and asset-pricing. There is a greater emphasis on the role of information for economic co-ordination and organisations. You will build upon your undergraduate studies to gain an international perspective on management.

You will build on your communication skills to learn how to work with management at a senior level.

Now available to complete in a shorter time (one year)

There is the ability in this specialisation (endorsement) to complete your study in just one calendar year instead of 18 months.  This is available if you study the Master of Management at the Manawatū campus and complete your final course (Part Two) over Summer School. See the planning tab for more information.

Internationally recognised

Massey’s Master of Management is an internationally recognised qualification. You will learn from our business experts - Massey University is the largest and one of the most highly respected management schools in New Zealand.

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 accountancy and finance programme ranks in the 150 universities in the world, our economics and business and management programmes rank in the top 250 – according to the international 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.

Rigorous study

The Master of Management is a rigorous programme, where students are expected to achieve at a high level. This is reflected in the quality of our graduates, and contributes to the reputation of the qualification.

If you wish to progress to a PhD upon completion, you should enrol in a Master of Business.

Why postgraduate study?

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 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.


A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree (not necessarily in business), and would like to study financial economics in more depth
  • Would like to learn the skills that will help progress your career into management or a higher level of management
  • Are interested in a professional practice qualification that is primarily a taught programme
Sam Weir
Master of Management (Financial Economics)
Graduated in 2014

“My experience studying at Massey was great and what I learnt was applicable to my work…”

I've always had an interest in economics and when I began studying business at Massey in 2011, I quickly found that I had a strong interest in finance also. The economics component of my masters gave me a strong theoretical framework and the finance component gave me tangible skills and knowledge for the workplace.

Massey University was conveniently located as I lived on the North Shore in Auckland at the time, but I was also attracted by the reputation of the Massey business school, particularly in finance and economics. 

I had some great lecturers and I met lots of smart people, both teachers and students.

One of my highlights was being accepted onto the University's CFA Challenge team. During my studies at Massey, I also gained an internship at a fund manager which turned into a full time position as an Equity Analyst.

I've just started a new role at a merchant bank having worked for two years as an Equity Analyst at a fund manager. I intend to continue on with merchant/investment banking focused on mergers and acquisitions. 


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.

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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