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Master of Business Studies (Finance)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

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?

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 accountancy and finance programme ranks in the 200 universities in the world and its business and management studies in the top 250 in the world (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).

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

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 University conducts an internationally-recognised research programme in economics, finance, banking and property.

We are also involved in or lead several renowned research centres in the areas of applied and theoretical economics, financial services, public policy evaluation, financial literacy, real estate, social innovation and sustainable development. 

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. You will be taught by some of New Zealand's leading practitioners and learn the application of techniques in real world environments, like our Trading Room - the only one of its kind in a New Zealand university. 

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) in business 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 continue on to further study such as a PhD
Juan Yang
Master of Business Studies (Finance)
International student from China

“My rich experience at Massey University not only sparked my interest in pursuing postgraduate study in finance, but also motivated me to be innovative and practical…”

I was truly impressed by Massey Business School, in everything from excellent lecturers, interesting courses, to colourful social activities. It gave me more than I expected.

As well as a thorough knowledge of finance, I learnt how to focus on problems, make a concerted effort to overcome them, and never give up. At the beginning of my thesis, it was very tough because my data results didn’t match my expectations. However, my supervisor and I worked very hard together, trying every possible way to solve those problems until we found success.

I also now recognise the importance of teamwork, as group assignments are common at Massey. These assignments not only helped me gain the ability to deal with conflict, but also to understand the how to be a patient listener and active communicator at the same time. In other words, mutual respect is essential to effectively working in a team.

Studying at Massey also enhanced my time-management skills, my ability to handle multiple tasks under pressure, and my sense of self-fulfilment. I have also become more confident. I am really thankful for the help I received from Massey.


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 financial staff are internationally-renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with internationally-recognised researchers and specialists, for example:

Professor Nuttawat Visaltanachoti

Dr Visaltanachoti is in the top five per cent of 12,000 business authors globally based on the SSRN publicly available, downloadable courses. His research has been published in key New Zealand, Asian and international industry publications such as the Review of Financial Studies, The International Journal of Finance, International Journal of Business, Management and Economics and Applied Financial Economics.

His areas of speciality teaching are investments, advanced investment analysis, advanced risk management, corporate finance, financial market behaviour, financial planning, fixed income, research methods in finance, statistical method and CFA standards of practice (ethics).

He has won numerous awards for his work, most recently the course "Commodity Liquidity Measurement and Transaction Costs" won the Security Industry Research Centre of Asia-Pacific Australia award in 2013 for best published paper.

His background includes work experience across the petroleum industry and banking industry in his home country of Thailand, most recently in risk management at TISCO Bank Plc.

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