Get the skills employers need: explore latest theories and practice,
Massey's Business School is ranked in the top 5% of business colleges worldwide by AACSB International.
Be work-ready on a global scale. Many Massey qualifications are recognised around the world, as well as in New Zealand.
How do businesses decide what to produce? What drives prices and consumer behaviour? What are the economic effects of government policy on inflation, innovation and more?
Learn from world-class lecturers and researchers with expertise in areas such as ecological or sports economics, and the economic impact of volcanoes. Interpret local and global events, understand the choices we make, and the impacts – from the personal to international. Explore the latest theories and practice. Hone your leadership, communication and critical thinking. Graduate work-ready, with skills employers need.
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Economics is a good fit if you:
- enjoy school subjects such as maths or social sciences
- want to work in government, or in business or finance
- think analytically and logically.
Economics courses may cover:
- development economics, which focuses on ways for lower-income countries to prosper
- economic principles like scarcity, supply and demand
- environmental economics
- international trade and finance
- macro economics (countries and governments)
- micro economics (people and businesses)
- public policy, which are government decisions.
How to study economics
Discover what we offer if you’re interested in economics – whether you’re coming to university for the first time, changing direction or returning to advance your study or career
Economics – Bachelor of Arts
Succeed as a professional in the private, not-for-profit or public sector. Learn how the economy affects our everyday life, culture, and environment.
Bachelor of Business – BBus
When you study the Bachelor of Business you will gain research and practice-informed business knowledge. You will develop the leadership, communication, teamwork, and creative skills that employers are looking for.
Economics – Bachelor of Business
The Bachelor of Business (Economics) is a versatile degree where you will learn how the world of business works, and gain the skills to interpret global information and events.
Economics – Diploma in Arts
Improve your economic decision-making skills and understanding with Massey’s Diploma in Arts (Economics).
Economics – Graduate Diploma in Arts
The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Economics) will give you the equivalent of an undergraduate major in economics without having to complete a second bachelor’s degree.
Graduate Diploma in Business Studies – GradDipBusStuds
Do you want to change the direction of your career? The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies enables you to study another subject without completing a second bachelor’s degree.
Relevant undergraduate subjects to major or specialise in
When you apply to study at Massey, for some undergraduate qualifications you can choose what subject you’d like to specialise in. You can usually change your mind after you get to university, depending on the courses you enrol in.
Postgraduate bachelor's degrees with honours
Economics – Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
With Massey’s Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Economics) you can take your undergraduate study of economics further.
Executive Master of Business Administration – EMBA
The Executive MBA (EMBA) is a 240-credit, world-class, career development qualification that prepares you to take on top-level roles in business, government, and non-profit organisations in New Zealand and globally.
Business – Master of Analytics
Gain an industry-recognised and highly sought-after qualification in data analytics. Become a technology leader with the practical skills to innovate and propel businesses forward with data-driven insights.
Master of Business Studies – MBS
Gain in-depth specialist business skills that will take your career to the next level.
Economics – Master of Business Studies
Massey’s Master of Business Studies (Economics) will give you the business and economics skills to take your career to the next level. Specialising in economics will give you many career options.
Financial Economics – Master of Management
The Master of Management will increase your business knowledge to help move your career in a new direction. You don’t have to have a qualification in business to undertake this master’s.
Postgraduate Certificate in Business – PGCertBus
Whether you’re interested in a specific professional development course, or entry to further study, the Postgraduate Certificate in Business offers the flexibility to study in the areas you choose.
Economics – Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
With Massey's Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Economics) you’ll build on your undergraduate interests and further investigate topics in economics that have taken your interest.
Postgraduate Diploma in Business – PGDipBus
Gain practical business skills that employers are searching for with Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Business. You’ll be able to design this qualification to suit your interests and your lifestyle.
PhD and other doctoral degrees
Doctor of Philosophy – PhD
A prestigious research qualification that demonstrates your ability to carry out independent and original research in your chosen field.
Relevant research areas at Massey
Discover research expertise, projects and initiatives relating to economics at Massey.
What our students say
“While challenging, I found the economics major at Massey to be extremely versatile, interesting and valuable. I developed strong quantitative, qualitative and critical thinking skills throughout. Skills that have enabled me to apply for, and deliver tangible change within, a wide range of jobs.”
Jobs in economics
Understanding economics principles makes you valuable in business and the public sector. Careers include strategic roles in economic policy, environmental issues, investments, or trade. Some graduates move into research, teaching or writing.
Economics careers include:
- business analysts, who help organisations solve business problems and improve how they do things
- economists, who analyse and advise a particular sector such as agriculture, health or the environment
- energy research officers, who track energy markets
- journalists specialising in business news and analysis
- policy analysts, who interpret information for government or businesses
- politicians in local or national government
- teachers or lecturers.
Annual salary ranges for jobs
- Business analyst – $85,000 to $127,000
- Economist – $42,000 to $114,000
- Journalist – $42,000 to $85,000
- Policy analyst – $47,000 to $150,000
- Politician – $160,000 to $190,000
Salary ranges disclaimer
Indicative pay rates are:
- in New Zealand dollars
- based on careers.govt.nz data.
Which economics qualification?
Examples of where our qualifications may take you.
|Jobs||Examples of what you could study|
|Business analyst||Bachelor of Business|
|Energy research officer||Master of Business Studies (Economics)|
|Policy analyst||Bachelor of Business (Economics)|
|Teacher||Postgraduate Certificate in Business|
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.
Association of MBAs (AMBA)
Massey's MBA programmes (MBA and EMBA) are accredited by the Association of MBAs
QS Ranking - Economics and Econometrics
Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 350 universities for economics and econometrics.
Get an information guide
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