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Executive Master of Business Administration


Develop strategic leadership ability to operate at senior level

The Executive MBA is a rigorous, world-class professional development qualification to help you take your place in top-level strategic leadership roles.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Campus

  • Auckland
  • Credits

  • 240
  • Duration

  • 2 year(s) full-time.
  • Other

  • Selected entry programme.

An EMBA that works for you

As a busy executive, we know you have limited time. This is a study programme, taught at two locations in New Zealand with convenient weekend teaching complemented by online sessions with your lecturers. So you can structure learning around your life. The classes are solely for EMBA students enabling focused, relevant learning and deep connections with networks of like-minded peers. The Massey MBA programme is the longest continuously-running MBA programme in New Zealand (running since 1972) and has accumulated an extensive and illustrious network.

Develop your leadership skills

Our challenging courses and one-on-one executive coaching  will help develop your critical and reflective skills and strategic leadership ability. You will grow in self-awareness, confidence and develop your own personal leadership style.

You will learn how to apply and integrate business functions to develop as well as implement robust business strategies.  We help you relate the leadership development insights you gain from the programme to your own work context and objectives.

Our expertise - becomes your expertise

You’ll be taught by teaching faculty chosen for their ability to span the academic-practitioner divide. They have international and local management experience, are active researchers and are joined by  guest speakers from industry.  

You will learn from business practitioners who will be presenting, mentoring and creating real-world assignments. Your learning will also draw from the most recent research and will be assessed through practical assignments that may be written, oral and/or video recorded. 

There are also opportunities to engage in live case studies and to develop consultancy skills with business clients, leading to an applied business research project.

Become a leader

You’ll develop characteristics of an effective and resilient strategic leader who can respond to emerging challenges facing business.  Every part of your study will help you develop the skills necessary for enhancing business performance through effective management of people – a key sustainable source of competitive advantage for business.

Unique study tour

An international study tour is a unique highlight in the second year of the Massey EMBA. You will visit large and small companies, learning from their management strategies and challenges and their cultural context, which will increase your confidence to operate in an international business environment.

The international study tour may not take place if there are international travel restrictions imposed over which the University does not have any influence. In such a case an alternative option or postponement will be offered to EMBA students.


  • The 2020 Student Experience Survey results for this programme found that 82% of students on this programme were satisfied with the teaching they have received, 94% believed that teaching staff are helpful and approachable, and 89% highlight that the programme has given them “critical thinking skills”.
  • Between 2018 and 2021 the average number of students enrolled in the programme was 122 (headcount) across the whole programme 83% of courses were successfully completed during 2020.
  • The QS World University Ranking by Subject ranks Massey in the top 251-300 universities worldwide in this subject area. Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 ranks Massey in the top 150 universities globally and 1st in New Zealand in this subject area.

Related programme: MBA

Suitable if you have 3+ years full-time work experience. Suitable for international and domestic students. You can choose a full-time or online delivery mode.

Careers and further study


No matter which industry you are in, the Massey Executive Master of Business Administration can help you progress into senior leadership and senior management roles faster.

In a study conducted in 2020, the career advancement of Massey EMBA graduates over the past five years was tracked. Findings showed that 98 per cent advanced in their role and that 69 per cent changed the organisation they worked for.

In addition to this New Zealand Ministry of Education reports show that earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.

This puts our EMBA graduates ahead of those without a master’s.  

The Career Accelerator specially offered to MBA and EMBA students will also give you the edge for making your next career move.

MBA alumni forum

After you have graduated from the EMBA, we provide you access to the MBA alumni forum for your professional networking and other life-long learning offerings which will assist you in keeping your currency as a manager and leader.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet. 

To enter the Executive Master of Business Administration programme you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a relevant bachelor's degree
  • have at least seven years business experience, at least three of which must be at management level.

You will be selected into the programme on the basis of the selection process.

Documentation and interview

You need to supply the following documentation with your application:

  • verified transcripts of all previous university and/or professional qualifications
  • a full CV showing at least seven years work experience including at least two years of management level experience;
  • a comprehensive statement of personal goals including aspirations and expectations
  • attendance at a selection interview (applicants who successfully make it through to the interview stage of selection will be contacted directly with information about their individual interview details)
  • a passport-sized photo for identification purposes.

The work experience requirement ensures that you are able to contribute significantly to group discussions and debates from a position of experience and knowledge. Consequently, if you such experience you are unlikely to be considered for entry.

Application closing date

Applications for this programme close on 15 February 2021.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

Courses and planning

Credit summary

240 credits

From the Schedule to the Degree including:

  • Completion of Part One and Two
  • a Personal Learning Journey portfolio must be compiled for assessment


Compulsory courses from Part One

Compulsory courses from Part Two

Elective courses


There are regulations around completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two.

Attend contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this programme

Part One

Compulsory courses

120 credits
115723 Accounting I 15
115724 Business Finance 15
115725 Leadership and People 15
115726 Marketing 15
115728 Contemporary Strategy 15
115732 Operations and Logistics 15
115745 Economics - Applied and International 15
115775 Business Law 15

Part Two

Compulsory courses

105 credits
115709 Applied Personal Leadership 15
115710 Governance and Responsibility 15
115735 Applied Business Research 15
115821 Strategic Management and International Business 30
115822 Applied Research Project 30

Elective courses

At least 15 credits from
115736 Business Development 15
115739 Special Topic I 15
115740 Special Topic II 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

The Massey EMBA is for full-time working executives and managers who want to study part-time. It is available as a 24-month programme which can be extended to 30 months to accommodate individual circumstances. It is conducted every third weekend at the Auckland campus in Albany and every sixth weekend at Auckland Airport.

The Exective MBA is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second. For progression to Part Two you must have achieved a B- grade average across 105 credits (seven courses) completed in Part One.

Part One

Part One courses run over 27 weekend days at three to four-week intervals at the Auckland campus in Albany. The Auckland Airport is offered as three or four-day block courses over 9 weekends. You can transfer between locations giving you flexibility, allowing you to structure learning around your life, both professional and personal.

Part Two

Part Two courses will be offered in one location nationally in block mode (Friday-Monday) at approximately 5-6 week intervals. You will be required to spend 15-30 hours per week on individual and group study between the weekend classes. Your time management is critical to be able to meet the demands of the programme.

International study tour

A unique aspect of the Massey EMBA is the two-week international study tour. This trip takes place in the second year of your study. You will gain invaluable experience of international business operations, economic and social frameworks. Typically, each year different destinations are visited between which students can choose.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, or Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Tuition and non-tuition costs for the Executive MBA

The 2021 tuition cost for domestic students is approximately $43,500 - $2690 for each 15 credit course (in 2021) and approximately $2750 for 2022. The cost includes all study materials, books/e-books, and catering on contact days.

There are also annual non-tuition fees that apply to all Massey papers, you can find the non-tuition fees here.

We also ask students to have another $10,000 for travel within New Zealand and the international study tour. The two-week study tour cost is limited to about $8,700 and it is within the total of $10,000. The tuition cost, non-tuition fees and the international study tour can be paid under the student loan.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.

A good fit if you:

  • if you have extensive work experience including in management  
  • wish to develop strategic business competencies that you can apply immediately in senior leadership roles
  • are at a stage of transition in your career.

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Accreditations and rankings

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.

CEO magazine

This international magazine for executives ranked Massey's EMBA programme in its top MBA programmes for 2020.

QS Ranking - Business and Management

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.

ShanghaiRanking – business and finance

Massey University is ranked #1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities globally for business administration and finance by ShanghaiRanking.

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

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Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships