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Develop leading edge business skills
Develop leading edge business skills through a unique qualification closely connected to practice. Massey’s MBA is unique in New Zealand – you can choose your specialisation option and your delivery mode, either full-time on campus or part-time online.
The Massey University Master of Business Administration (MBA) gives you the unique ability to choose when and where you study.
You can gain an MBA by studying full-time for a year, or studying completely by distance (online study) over a longer period. There is a unique option for you to choose between the two delivery options and to take between 1-5 years to complete the qualification – giving you flexibility and choices to suit your needs.
The shorter one-year full-time option allows you to go back to your career more quickly and move faster into a corporate career.
The Massey MBA focuses on giving you the skills to lead with integrity that you can immediately apply in the workforce: You’ll develop your strategic thinking skills, problem analysis and solving capabilities, technology and cultural competencies.
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.
The full-time MBA also offers the opportunity of a workplace-integrated experience in a New Zealand firm, or an overseas firm with a New Zealand presence.
We offer specialisations of Business Sustainability, Digital Transformation or International Marketing. These give your qualification a clear differentiation from non-specialised MBAs. Availability depends on whether you study online or on-campus.
The MBA in both modes features scheduled lecture sessions (lectures delivered online in the MBA online), group activities, guest speakers from industry, mentors and full-support.
Massey University has decades of experience and specialist academic support services for on campus and distance learning. You’ll have access to scheduled interaction sessions, connecting you with MBA staff and lecturers - and your classmates. Furthermore the Career Accelerator specially offered to MBA and EMBA students will prepare you for making your next career move.
Our MBA online option is New Zealand's only MBA designed in partnership with the award-winning Wiley Education Services.
You'll get access to world-class online technology 24/7 and engaging learning methods. This includes online classes and team-meetings, along with forums and group-work. This allows you to network with and learn directly from your peers and faculty. You'll get access to insights from businesses leaders across New Zealand.
If you have 7+ years full-time work experience (with three of those in management) you may be interested in our Executive MBA programme.
No matter which industry you are in, the Massey Master of Business Administration can help you progress into leadership and management roles faster.
As an adept, globally competent graduate you can join local as well as international firms, non-profit organisations, government entities and more. The MBA is specifically designed for emerging managers and leaders. With its strongly applied focus, the programme brings practice into your learning and learning into your practice. It will give you the edge when applying for management and leadership positions.
New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.
Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.
As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.
To enter the Master of Business Administration you will:
There are three intakes.
You need to supply with your application the following documentation:
Questions to address in your application statement (video or written):
You will be required to attend 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).
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 do not have such experience you are unlikely to be considered for entry.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
From the Schedule to the Degree including:
Subject courses and Project
Elective courses and Project
A specialisation (subject) is optional and requires 60 credits. Includes an Action Learning Project (30 credits) in the subject.
There are regulations around completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two.
Attend contact courses, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
|115764||Leadership and Teamwork||15|
|115765||Managing People and Organisations||15|
|115766||Managing Financial Resources||15|
|115768||Marketing Analysis and Strategy||15|
|115774||Operations and Supply Chain Management||15|
|115810||Strategic Business in the Global Market||30|
|115811||Strategic Complexities in International Business||30|
|115784||Balancing Innovation and Risk Management||15|
|115796||Designing Products and Services for International Markets||15|
|115799||Digital Design and Disruption||15|
|115812||Action Learning Project||30|
You may enrol in this qualification with or without a specialisation.
We recommend that you choose a specialisation after completing your first six compulsory core courses, to enable you to experience the different subjects and decide which interests you most.
To complete a specialisation in the Master of Business Administration you must pass 60 credits in the specified area which includes two specialisation courses plus the Action Learning Project in that specialisation area.
See the Regulations for this programme for the courses available for the ‘without specialisation’ option.
If you study full-time, you’ll take 180 credits over a period of 12 months or 90 credits per semester.
This is a parts-based qualification. For progression to Part Two you must have achieved a B- grade average across the courses completed in Part One.
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.
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.
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
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.
The domestic tuition fee for the Master of Business Administration for 2020 is $3470 per 15-credit course, approximately $43,000. Note that fees can increase each year.
The international tuition fee for 2020 is $NZ4040 per 15-credit course, approximately $NZ49,000.
The Massey MBA has provided me with a wealth of knowledge, new career opportunities and the chance to learn with and forge lifelong friendships with future business leaders of New Zealand.” Heath MacKenzie
Massey University’s MBA program has lived up to its promise of being an adaptable study experience in a comprehensive and structured setting.” Joel Haerewa
Business Development Manager, lokemotive (New Delhi)
During the Massey MBA we were taught knowledge, but more importantly we were taught how to apply that knowledge in a systematic and practical way. Learning to think critically meant I knew what to do when I was in new situations. I knew the right questions to ask, to help me decide which steps to take.” Kevin Wang Gang
Dr Suze Wilson has held executive level leadership roles in large organisations, such as Deputy Commissioner, People Capability at the State Services Commission, and General Manager of HR at New Zealand Post. She has also run her own management consultancy and executive coaching business for many years.Dr Suze Wilson
Senior Lecturer, Massey Executive Development
Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.
This international magazine for executives ranked Massey's MBA programmes in its top MBA programmes for 2020.
Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.
Massey University is ranked #1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities globally for business administration and finance by ShanghaiRanking.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
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.