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Master of Management (International Business)

Key facts

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

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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.

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What is it like?

Massey University’s Master of Management (International Business) is suitable for those who have found themselves in a role that requires international business expertise, or if you have have studied a different business subject in your undergraduate qualification and want to specialise in this growing area.

Our students come from a wide range of areas including business disciplines like marketing, economics, finance or supply chain, and other fields such as engineering, health, and information technology. They share a common desire to increase their understanding and expertise in international-business related skills and knowledge.

Understanding the context of global trade

The global economy has a major impact on our daily lives. The products we use, the financial transactions we undertake, our jobs, are all subject to international business decisions. Understanding these impacts allows us to work more effectively in society and in business.

You will gain an understanding of New Zealand’s trading relationships, clarify the complexities of trade and politics and the drivers of globalisation. You will learn the theory of trade and its benefits, but also the impact of different cultural values, foreign exchange, politics, legal frameworks and economic systems and how these factors/risks impact trade decisions. You will then learn strategies for analysing countries and their risk factors.

Real-world learning

There is a strong focus on applied learning. Teaching will continually focus on current affairs to illustrate course concepts and ideas. A 60-credit project in your second year examines a real-life case study.

Learn from leading business experts

Massey’s Master of Management is an internationally recognised qualification. The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools and is AACSB accredited.

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 300 in the world (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Take less of your time

The Master of Management can be completed in 1.5 years of full-time study. If you study part-time the qualification takes between 2.5 and five years.

Gain an international qualification

This qualification has a ‘dual award’ option which allows you to gain a dual degree from both the University of Greenwich (London, England) and Massey University. With this option you will study for at least one semester in England.

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A good fit if you:

  • Already have an undergraduate degree outside of this topic and would like to gain skills in international business
  • 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


This qualification will open the doors to a huge range of positions as an international business specialist within almost any industry. If you are already currently working this qualification will help you understand the international context of your organisation and progress up the career hierarchy.

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 Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings
  • Young masters graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

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

Dr Ozan Nadir Alakavuklar

Dr Alakavuklar’s research is focused on understanding the darker sides of business and society relations including ethical and political perspectives on management and organisations. His work aims to confront hegemonic practices and assumptions in management and organisational knowledge production, and to understand and develop alternative forms of management and organisation. He draws arguments and theory from a wider range of critical social science traditions.

In 2014, he was awarded Massey University Research Fund for his project analysing the links between social movements, activism and organising.

Current research projects include:

  • theorisation of an ethics of resistance to managerial control
  • organisational ethnography of an activist charity organisation focused on food distribution, and
  • critical analysis of performance culture in academia leading to the alienation of scholars.

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