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Master of Business Administration


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.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Credits

  • 180
  • Duration

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

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

An MBA that works for you

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.

Real world application

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 and will be assessed through practical assignments that may be written, oral and/or video recorded. 

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.

Supporting your study and your career

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.

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. You'll get access to insights from businesses leaders across New Zealand.


  • The 2020 Student Experience Survey results for this programme found that 83% of students on this programme highlighted that they had an excellent “entire educational experience”, 88% believed that the teaching stimulated them intellectually, and 85% highlight that the programme has given them excellent “knowledge of the field you are studying”.
  • Between 2019 and 2021 the average number of students enrolled in the programme was 82 (headcount) and across the whole programme 94% 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: 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.

International students

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.

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 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.

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 or in writing)
  • a passport-sized photo for identification purposes.

Application statement

Questions to address in your application statement (video or written):

  • What are the key influences in your career to date?
  • What are your favoured interests or recreational activities?
  • Why have you chosen the Massey MBA?
  • What value will you contribute to your Massey MBA classmates?
  • How will you overcome difficulties or tensions in teamwork?
  • What are your career plans following your MBA graduation?


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.

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

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 programme

Part One Core courses

90 credits
115764 Leadership and Teamwork 15
115765 Managing People and Organisations 15
115766 Managing Financial Resources 15
115768 Marketing Analysis and Strategy 15
115769 Business Economics 15
115774 Operations and Supply Chain Management 15

Part Two Core course selection

30 credits
115810 Strategic Business in the Global Market 30
115811 Strategic Complexities in International Business 30

Part One Elective courses for candidates completing without a subject

30 credits
115784 Balancing Innovation and Risk Management 15
115791 Digital Transformation 15
115792 Business Sustainability 15
115793 International Marketing 15
115796 Designing Products and Services for International Markets 15
115799 Digital Design and Disruption 15

Part Two Compulsory course for candidates completing without a subject

30 credits
115812 Action Learning Project 30

Master of Business Administration subjects

Please refer to individual specialisation page for a list of courses for your specialisation.

Majors and minors

About specialisations

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.

Master of Business Administration without specialisation 

See the Regulations for this programme for the courses available for the ‘without specialisation’ option.

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.

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

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

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.

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.

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 at your own pace (MBA online), or
  • would like to complete an MBA full-time in only one year.

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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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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

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

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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

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.

Find and apply for scholarships