Executive Master of Business Administration – EMBA

The Executive MBA (EMBA) is a rigorous, world-class professional development qualification to help you take your place in top-level roles in business, government, and non-profit organisations.

Type of qualification

Master's degree

Level of study

Postgraduate study

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equal experience – you can study at the postgraduate level. Doctoral qualifications require additional entry requirements.

NZQF level 9

Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.

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Time to complete

3 year(s) full-time (240 credits)

Where you can study

Off campus in Auckland
Auckland campus

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand
Note: Selected entry qualification.

Study a Executive Master of Business Administration – EMBA

An EMBA that works for you

As a busy executive, we know your time is precious. This qualification is taught with convenient weekend teaching, complemented by online sessions with your lecturers and fellow students, allowing you to structure learning conveniently around your life. The classes are designed to enable focused and relevant learning, and to provide opportunities for you to network with like-minded peers.

The Massey MBA programme is the longest continuously running MBA programme in New Zealand (since 1972). It is well-respected among its extensive alumni network of successful business leaders throughout the country and globally.

Develop your leadership skills

Our unique courses and tailored executive coaching will enhance your critical and reflective skills, as well as your strategic leadership capability. You will grow in self-awareness and confidence and develop your own personal leadership style.

You will learn how to apply world-best business strategies to help you develop and implement successful changes at your workplace.  The EMBA helps you apply the cutting-edge learnings to become more effective at work, and to qualify for future opportunities.

The EMBA is taught in a practical format

The Massey EMBA teaching faculty have extensive international and local management experiences, and work with our expert teachers more like in a boardroom than in a classroom. The teaching is practical and relevant to your work. Your learning will also draw from the most recent research and is assessed through practical assignments, some completed at work or through consulting with other firms. There are no exams.  

Our world class teaching team is complemented by many corporate leaders from New Zealand and overseas, who will push you to participate in discussions around the current challenges in their firms. The Massey EMBA is unique as a qualification that immerses you in real-life corporate issues from which you learn.

In many of the courses, you will engage in live case studies and develop your consultancy skills with external business clients, leading to a substantial consulting report at the end of the EMBA.

You will develop superb options for your future

Every part of your EMBA journey will help you develop additional skills necessary to position yourself for new career opportunities in the future. Your studies will give you superb options to select new and exciting pathways for your career.

You gain global management experience

The EMBA international study tour is a unique highlight in the final year of your studies. You will visit organisations outside New Zealand, learning from their leaders how they operate in a competitive global environment.  This positions you as a leader who can contribute value through effectively operating across borders.

  • In case travel is not easily possible, an intense virtual global study tour is available, or you may postpone this course until travel resumes. 


  • 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% highlighted that the programme has given them “critical thinking skills”.
  • 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 2021 ranks Massey in the top 101-150 universities globally and 1st in New Zealand in this subject area.

Related programmes

Master of Business Administration

Suitable if you have 3+ years of relevant full-time work experience. Suitable for international and domestic students. You can choose an on-campus (full-time) or online (part-time) delivery mode.

Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Business Administration)

Suitable if you have 7+ years work experience and at least 3 in management but want to take your study slower than the EMBA schedule.

A EMBA is a good fit 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.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

This programme is a selected entry qualification. 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, or equivalent
  • 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
  • you may be asked to take part in a selection interview or provide additional information for the selection panel 
  • 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 qualification close on 17 February 23.

English language requirements

To study this qualification 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:

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 qualification if you wish to continue your studies. The EMBA has a reduced completion time which is before the standard postgraduate limits. 

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. 

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations or this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

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 qualification 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 qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

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

Structure of the Executive Master of Business Administration

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 Executive 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. You will attend a one-day orientation prior to the first class that will help set you up well for your study.

You will be required to spend 20-25 hours per week on individual and group study including workshop hours. Your time management is critical to be able to meet the demands of the programme.

Part One

For the first 19 months of the programme you have weekend classes every 4-6 weeks either at Albany or near the Auckland Airport. Afterwards, you complete a consulting project outside of class, in 3-6 months. You are generally expected to complete your Part One courses at your initial choice of venue, but may transfer between locations if needed, giving you the flexibility to structure learning around your life, both professional and personal.

Part Two

Part Two courses are normally offered in one location nationally in block mode (usually Friday-Monday) at approximately 5-6 week intervals.

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, there are two tours that students can select from each year.

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
Course code
Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Credit summary

240 credits

  • Part One compulsory courses – 120 credits
  • Part Two compulsory courses – 105 credits
  • Part Two elective – 15 credits
  • There are regulations around completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two including that you must achieve a B- grade average across 105 credits.
  • A Personal Learning Journey portfolio must be compiled for assessment
  • Attend contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials as required

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Part One

Compulsory courses (Choose 120 credits from)

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Course code: 115723 Accounting I 15 credits

A course designed to explain the accounting function from a management perspective. Students will be able to apply the models of accounting activities to a business context.

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Course code: 115724 Business Finance 15 credits

A course covering the corporate finance function in business, dealing with the sourcing of funds to establish and expand the application of those funds in pursuing the goals of the organisation. Particular attention is given to valuing financial assets, to investment and capital budgeting decisions, to the capital structure, and to working capital management.

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Course code: 115725 Leadership and People 15 credits

A study of organisational behaviour theory and practice in the contemporary environment. The course provides a particular focus on the fundamental knowledge and skills involved in management, leadership and teamwork.

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Course code: 115726 Marketing 15 credits

A study of the marketing function in business, including a range of marketing tools and techniques and their application to marketing situations.

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Course code: 115728 Contemporary Strategy 15 credits

This course examines the purpose, processes and practices of strategic planning and execution in organisations. Contemporary strategic challenges are examined.

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Course code: 115732 Operations and Logistics 15 credits

This course examines the operations management function and its links to organisational strategic objectives. This course explores how organisations can leverage their operational capabilities to create value and achieve competitive advantage.

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Course code: 115745 Economics - Applied and International 15 credits

This course includes a contemporary survey of microeconomics and macroeconomics relevant to the central functions of international business.

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Course code: 115775 Business Law 15 credits

A study of the legal system and selected areas of business law.

Restrictions: 115721

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Part Two

Compulsory courses (Choose 105 credits from)

Choose 105 credits from
Course code: 115709 Applied Personal Leadership 15 credits

An advanced-level study of leadership theory and practice. The course provides a particular focus on preparing students for senior leadership roles.

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Course code: 115710 Governance and Responsibility 15 credits

A reconciliation of global best practices in Governance with corporate reality today, including a practical approach to ethical decision-making at governance level and managing for sustainability, in organisations of all kinds and sizes.

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Course code: 115735 Applied Business Research 15 credits

This course provides students with an applied understanding of the role and techniques of business research.

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Course code: 115821 Strategic Management and International Business 30 credits

This course requires students to integrate and apply knowledge from diverse business functions to enhance understanding of business models and value creation in global business.

Prerequisites: 115728

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Course code: 115822 Applied Research Project 30 credits

Independent supervised research project on a topic approved by the MBA Director, directed towards the improvement of business practice.

Prerequisites: 115735

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Elective courses (Choose at least 15 credits from)

Choose at least 15 credits from
Course code: 115736 Business Development 15 credits

An applied course of study in Business Development focusing on the future direction of an organisation or one of its divisions.

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Course code: 115739 Special Topic I 15 credits
Course code: 115740 Special Topic II 15 credits

Fees and scholarships

Tuition and non-tuition costs for the Executive MBA

The 2023 tuition cost for domestic students is approximately $44,700 - $2765* for each 15-credit course (*2023 fees not confirmed).

The tuition cost, non-tuition fees and the international study tour can be paid under the student loan scheme.

Scholarships related to this programme

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 can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

No matter which industry you are in, the Massey EMBA can help you progress into senior leadership and management roles faster.

In a study conducted in 2020 that tracked the career advancement of Massey EMBA graduates over the past five years, findings showed that 98 percent advanced in their role and 69 percent changed employer. 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 degree.  

Our Career Accelerator programme is specifically designed for our MBA and EMBA students. We offer webinars/workshops about online presence, updating your executive CV, and executive interview techniques etc. You will work with an executive career coach on a personalised career development plan with an emphasis on positioning you for company directorships, c-suite appointments, and general manager roles.

Governance New Zealand

Upon completion of the qualification you can gain affiliate membership to Governance New Zealand and the Chartered Governance Institute (CGI Global). This is the only MBA qualification in New Zealand to offer this.  

Massey Career Centre

Massey Career Centre is here to help you build the skills and knowledge you’ll need in your career. You can access our services online or in person, both while you study and after you graduate.

MBA alumni Network

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


What our students say

“There is a famous quote by Albert Einstein that resonates well with my experience and MBA journey – 'No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.'”
Tia Ashby

Executive Master of Business Administration

“The MBA for me wasn’t so much about the theory but the overall journey. I gained a network of like minded business people, a space to generate ideas and be challenged, and a platform of general business knowledge to build and grow in my leadership career.”
Rob Woolner

Executive Master of Business Administration

Accreditations and rankings

Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Massey's Executive MBA qualification is accredited by the Association of MBAs.

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Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

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

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CEO magazine MBA ranking

This international magazine for executives ranked Massey's MBA in its top MBA qualifications for 2022.

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QS Ranking – Accounting and Finance

Massey is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 200 universities for accounting and finance.

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QS Ranking - Business and Management

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

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QS Ranking - Communication & Media

Massey is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 100 universities for communication and media studies. QS is an organisation that ranks universities worldwide in various topics.

ShanghaiRanking – Business Administration and Finance

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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