Master of Business Administration (Digital Transformation)


Develop leading edge business skills

Develop leading edge business skills through a unique qualification closely connected to practice.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Campus

  • Auckland
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Duration

  • 1 year(s) full-time (12 months). Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ
  • Other

  • Three intakes per year (March, July, November). Selected entry programme.

In this specialisation you will develop capability in managing the design and execution of new structures and processes to assist organisations withstand the wave of digital disruption sweeping industry. You will also develop an understanding how to develop new competitive digital business models and platform-based product offerings.  

Emergent trends including data analytics, artificial intelligence, sensors (in the Internet of Things), and a focus on the customer experience through automation, are disrupting the business models of industries. They require novel market approaches and organisational restructuring to deliver value in a digital-platform-orientated world.

In the MBA (Digital Transformation) teaching is delivered by an experienced technology manager, who has been at the forefront of innovative technology adoption. With a focus on agile management methods, you will become literate and competent in market disruption management in ways that will enhance your global appeal to modern digitally focused organisations.

Unique partnership

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.

Find out more on the Master of Business Administration page.

Related programme: EMBA

If you have 7+ years full-time work experience (with three of those in management) you may be interested in our Executive MBA programme.

Careers and further study


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.

Entry requirements

Programme admission


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:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a relevant bachelor’s degree, having achieved at least a B- grade average in the highest level courses, or equivalent
  • have completed at least three years of relevant postgraduate practical work experience
  • been selected into the programme on the basis of selection process which may include a written application, references and practical exercises.

Application closing date

There are three intakes.

  • First intake: applications for the first intake close on 13 February 2021 for domestic students and on 25 January 2021 for international students.
  • Second intake: applications for the second intake close on 19 June 2021 for domestic students and on 31 May 2021 for international students.
  • Third intake: applications for the third intake close on 16 October 2021 for domestic students and on 27 September for international students.

English language requirements

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

Other requirements

Documents you need to provide

You need to supply with your application the following documentation:

  • verified transcripts of all previous university and/or professional qualifications
  • a full CV showing at least seven years work experience including at least three years of management level experience
  • an application statement covering supplied questions (video, audio or in writing)
  • a passport-sized photo for identification purposes.


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).

Work experience

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.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

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

Courses and planning

Credit summary

180 credits

From the Schedule to the Degree including:

  • Completion of Part One and Two
  • Compulsory courses
  • An Action Learning Project


Core courses

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.

Courses for this specialisation

Part One Subject courses

30 credits
115791 Digital Transformation 15
115799 Digital Design and Disruption 15

Part Two Subject course

30 credits
115812 Action Learning Project 30

Planning your programme

Planning overview

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.

To complete the Digital Transformation specialisation you must pass 60 credits in Digital Transformation which includes two courses (15 credits each) plus the Action Learning Project (30 credits).

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

Master of Business Administration tuition fees

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.

A good fit if you:

  • have three or more years full-time work experience and would like to progress into leadership and management roles
  • would like to study online or would like to complete an MBA full-time in only one year
  • are interested in learning how to create sustainable enterprises.

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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 MBA ranking

This international magazine for executives ranked Massey's MBA programmes 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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Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

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

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