Master of Business Administration – MBA

Develop important business skills through a qualification that is closely connected to business practice. Massey’s MBA offers unique features that help speed you along on your career path in New Zealand or globally.

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

2 year(s) full-time (180 credits)
Up to 5 years part-time
Part-time available

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, or studying on-line out
Note: Three intakes per year (March, July, November). Selected entry qualification.

Study a Master of Business Administration – MBA

A flexible MBA designed especially for you

The Massey University Master of Business Administration (MBA) gives you the flexibility to design your studies to perfectly fit your interests.

Two study modes available for you

You can gain an MBA by studying either full-time for one year in Auckland, or you study part-time by distance (online) over a longer period of up to 5 years (most students will complete in about 2 years), giving you the flexibility to conveniently plan your study around your personal and professional needs. 

Completing your MBA within 1 year allows you to develop your career quickly, by using your fresh learnings and MBA experiences to position yourself for new and exciting opportunities.

Real world application

The Massey MBA is designed to provide you with the skills to lead with integrity, making you more effective immediately in your career: You will develop long-range strategic thinking competence, learn how to solve challenging management problems and develop new technology and cultural abilities that leaders must have to succeed in their roles.

You will learn from superb teachers, many with decades of corporate work experience, and executives who join as guest speakers, so that you enjoy discussions of current-day management challenges and real-life business issues, from throughout New Zealand and worldwide. Your learning will also be informed by the most recent research and will be assessed through practical assignments that may be written, oral and/or via video. There are no examinations in the MBA programme.

This MBA also offers the opportunity of a university-organised work experience placement within a New Zealand firm, or a consulting experience with a firm in New Zealand or worldwide.


We offer the choice of one specialisation in: Business Sustainability, Digital Transformation or Global Business. These give your MBA that extra competitive touch when you position yourself for new exciting job prospects. The specialisation available to you depends on whether you study online or on-campus. You can also choose not to have a specialisation.

World-Class Online Learning

Our MBA online study option is New Zealand's only MBA designed in partnership with the award-winning global Wiley Education Services. You will have access to world-class online technology and engaging learning methods 24/7. Our online learning platform supports online classes, virtual team meetings and discussion groups that allow you to network and learn directly with your peers and our faculty. 

Related programme: EMBA

If you have 7+ years full-time work experience (with three of those in management roles), and if you are looking for a part-time MBA in New Zealand while you work, consider our Executive MBA programme (not available for student visa applicants).

A MBA is a good fit if you:

  • have three or more years full-time work experience of any kind, self-employment included, 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 just one year.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

This is a selected entry qualification. 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 postgraduate fulltime work; and
  • Have been selected into the qualification on the basis of selection process.

Application closing date

There are three intakes.

  • First intake: Applications for the first intake close on 21 February 2022 for domestic students and on 31 January 2022 for international students.
  • Second intake: Applications for the second intake close on 20 June 2022 for domestic students and on 30 May 2022 for international students.
  • Third intake: Applications for the third intake close on 17 October 2022 for domestic students and on 26 September 2022 for international students.

Documents you need to provide

With your application, you need to supply the following documentation:

  • verified transcripts of all previous university and/or professional qualifications
  • your CV showing at least three years’ work 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):

  1. Compared with other choices you considered for your studies, what made you select Massey?
  2. Why have you chosen to do an MBA at this stage in your career?
  3. How will you draw on your unique skills and experiences to contribute to your cohort’s MBA experience? 
  4. There will be group work during your studies. Tell us about the ways you have managed to perform in groups previously. 
  5. The MBA will require substantial work in class and out of class. In the past, how have you managed your time to be effective? 
  6. What are your career plans following your MBA graduation and how will the MBA help you achieve them?

Work experience

The work experience requirement ensures that you are able to contribute effectively to group discussions and participate from a position of experience and knowledge. This means that when you have less than the required 3 years’ work experience, we are unlikely to consider you for this MBA.

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

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 for 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 Master of Business Administration

If you study full-time, you will take 180 credits over a period of 12 months or 60 credits per semester.

If you study part-time, you can complete the MBA in two years or take up to five years.

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.

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.

The MBA must be completed within 5 years subject to any visa restrictions.Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

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

180 credits

Completing without a specialisation

  • Part One core courses – 90 credits
  • Part One electives from the Part One Schedule – 30 credits
  • Part Two core courses – 30 credits
  • Part Two project – 30 credits

Completing with a specialisation

  • Part One core courses – 90 credits
  • Part One courses from specialisation list – 30 credits
  • Part Two core courses – 30 credits
  • Part Two project from a subject Schedule – 30 credits


  • Completion of Part One and Two
  • Compulsory courses
  • An Action Learning project
  • Attendance at contact courses, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials as required.

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.

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 Core courses (Choose 90 credits from)

Choose 90 credits from
Course code: 115764 Leadership and Teamwork 15 credits

Applied and experiential study of leading and working in teams, and the interpersonal communication skills required to be successful.

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Course code: 115765 Managing People and Organisations 15 credits

Applied study of the behaviour and management of people and organisations in the contemporary business environment.

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Course code: 115766 Managing Financial Resources 15 credits

The study of corporate finance and accounting functions in business, including the analysis, sourcing, and use of funds in the pursuit of organisational goals.

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Course code: 115768 Marketing Analysis and Strategy 15 credits

A study of marketing strategies, practices and analytical methods, including a range of marketing tools, techniques and research methods.

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Course code: 115769 Business Economics 15 credits

Study of core micro- and macro-economic principles and how these can be used in a business environment to enable effective decision making.

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Course code: 115774 Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits

This course examines operations management functions and methods in pursuit of sustainable organisational effectiveness.

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Part Two Core course selection (Choose 30 credits from)

Choose 30 credits from
Course code: 115810 Strategic Business in the Global Market 30 credits

This course includes guided field visits to international businesses. Students integrate and apply knowledge from diverse business functions to enhance their understanding of business models and value creation in global business.

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Course code: 115811 Strategic Complexities in International Business 30 credits

This course includes a self-initiated study of international businesses. Students integrate and apply knowledge from diverse business functions to enhance their understanding of business models and value creation in global business.

Restrictions: 115810

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Part One Elective courses for candidates completing without a subject (Choose 30 credits from)

Choose 30 credits from
Course code: 115784 Balancing Innovation and Risk Management 15 credits

An applied and experiential study of the principles and practices that enable leaders to achieve the balance of innovation and risk management that enables resilient, sustainable businesses.

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Course code: 115791 Digital Transformation 15 credits

Applied study of the use of digital technology to solve business problems and exploit new business opportunities.

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Course code: 115792 Business Sustainability 15 credits

This course examines business practices that make organisations sustainable and resilient, with a particular focus on how to balance continuous innovation with good governance and risk management.

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Course code: 115793 Global Business 15 credits

A study of global trade practices and marketing strategies, including a range of trading tools, systems and techniques and their application to international marketing situations.

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Course code: 115796 Designing Globally Competitive Products and Services 15 credits

An applied and experiential study of innovative products and service design to achieve differential advantages for trading in global markets.

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Course code: 115799 Digital Design and Disruption 15 credits

Applied and experiential study of how digital technologies have disrupted various industries and how businesses can design digitally based innovations to achieve competitive advantage.

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Part Two Compulsory course for candidates completing without a subject (Choose 30 credits from)

Choose 30 credits from
Course code: 115812 Action Learning Project 30 credits

Supervised team-based project focused on deliverable improvement of practices in an existing business or development of a new business opportunity, drawing on knowledge from multiple business disciplines.

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Master of Business Administration subjects

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.

Fees and scholarships

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?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

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.

Master of Business Administration tuition fees

The domestic tuition fee for the Master of Business Administration for 2022 is NZ$3600 per 15-credit course; approximately $43,500 for the qualification. 

The onshore full-time international tuition fee for 2022 is NZ$4377 per 15-credit course; approximately NZ$53,600 for the qualification.

The offshore online international tuition fee for 2022 is NZ$3807 per 15-credit course; approximately NZ$46,800 for the qualification (depending on local taxes).

The above do not include non-tuition fees and living costs (page 14 of the International Prospectus). Please note that the total fees for the qualification are indicative only, as course fees can increase each year.

The fees include ebooks and study materials.

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

Supporting your study and your career

No matter in which industry you have worked and which prior qualification you hold, the Massey Master of Business Administration can help you progress into leadership and management roles quickly, and in many sectors, whether in private business, government or non-profit entities.

As a practically trained, globally competent MBA graduate, you are considered a generalist manager and can position yourself for leadership roles across the board in New Zealand or overseas. The MBA is specifically designed for emerging managers and leaders who want to broaden their career opportunities by combining a specialist undergraduate degree with a broad and widely applicable MBA degree. With its strong practical focus, the Massey MBA builds on your practical work experience and adds new relevant learnings you can instantly apply at work. This will be a tremendous advantage when you apply for management and leadership positions. 

The Massey “Career Accelerator”, exclusively offered to MBA and EMBA students and alumni, will prepare you for identifying the best next career move, excelling in your job interviews - and then moving into exciting new roles. 

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 MBA, 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

“Everything you learn can be applied which really starts to build your confidence. The future is exciting!”
Michelle Noordemeer

Master of Business Administration

“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)

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 - Economics and Econometrics

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 350 universities for economics and econometrics.

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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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