Where you can study
International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.
Specialise in Business Sustainability for your Master of Business Administration at Massey
The Master of Business Administration (Business Sustainability) specialisation is about building businesses that last and organisations that are resilient in the face of a fast changing world.
Whether motivated by changing customer demands, stakeholder pressure, environmental concern, regulation or profit, organisations are dedicating significant resources towards creating sustainable enterprises.
This MBA specialisation enables you to build management competence and governance structures that facilitate the identification and implementation of innovative practices, products and services that are sustainable and resilient.
This qualification will expose you to businesses and experts within New Zealand and overseas who have had successes and overcome challenges in building sustainable enterprises. Both the strategic and operational aspects of developing and leveraging innovative sustainable products and services while mitigating risk are addressed in this specialisation.
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 qualification: EMBA
If you have 7+ years full-time work experience (with three of those in management) you may be interested in our Executive MBA.
A Master of Business Administration in Business Sustainability is 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.
If you study full-time, you’ll take 180 credits over a period of 12 months or 60 credits in each of semester one and two and 60 credits in summer school.
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 Business Sustainability specialisation you must pass 60 credits in Business Sustainability which includes two courses (15 credits each) plus the Action Learning Project (30 credits).
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.
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 be 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.
Courses you can enrol in
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 Subject courses
Course code: 115784 Balancing Innovation and Risk Management credits 15
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.View full course details
Course code: 115792 Business Sustainability credits 15
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.View full course details
Part Two Subject course
Course code: 115812 Action Learning Project credits 30
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.View full course details
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
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 relevant postgraduate practical work experience
- been selected into the qualification 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 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
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 (if you successfully make it through to the interview stage of selection you 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.
English language requirements
To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
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.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
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$3570 per 15-credit course; approximately $44,000 for the qualification.
The onshore full-time international tuition fee for 2022 is NZ$4380 per 15-credit course; approximately NZ$53,000 for the qualification.
The offshore online international tuition fee for 2022 is NZ$3807 per 15-credit course; approximately NZ$47,000 for the qualification (depending on local taxes).
Note that the total fees for the qualification are indicative only, as course fees can increase each year.
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 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 qualification 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.
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.
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 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.