Master of Business Administration

The Waikato MBA is a world-class, highly practical qualification. It is designed to equip managers and business owners with the dynamic capabilities and strategic insights needed to drive their organisation forward.

Grant Anderson

Taupo man Grant Anderson was looking for further career advancement, and a way of formalising the value of his decades of experience as a Chartered Accountant and director, when he signed up for the Waikato MBA.

Jackie Aveling

The learning gained and the people she met along the way have exceeded Jackie Aveling's expectations of what a Triple Crown accredited MBA would offer. She now has greater self-awareness as a manager, and a broader skillset.

Anne Blakeway

Studying for an MBA had been on Anne Blakeway’s bucket list for more than a decade, and the programme at Waikato Management School “more than delivered” on her expectations, she says.

Paul Bowker

The driving force behind Tauranga’s first tower block and a string of other successful developments, Paul Bowker has experience, vision and determination in bucketfuls.

James Cooper

For James Cooper, studying for an MBA was life changing. He’d been working in the media industry for 15 years but realised he needed a broader understanding of business.

Nicola Daisley

Nicola Daisley says her four-year journey to gain the Waikato MBA was extremely rewarding and helped her achieve what she set out to do.

Louise Dean

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Louise Dean used to be a radio voice but has now moved into management at The Radio Network.

Hana Grant

Hana Grant (Ngati Pikiao and Tapuika) graduated with an MBA in 2010. A highlight from her study was the 10-day study tour to China and Singapore.

Christine Hall

Coming from a health background as an occupational therapist, Christine Hall wanted a business qualification that would enable her to progress her career and move into management roles in other industries.

Ipu Hapi

Ipu Hapi likens the Waikato MBA he is working so hard to achieve to a sacred taonga, like the All Blacks jersey. “It is a symbol of excellence, hard work, and shows that with effort and sacrifice I can become all that I want to be.”

Nita Harding

Nita Harding didn’t set out to get an MBA – a promotion to a business manager role led the veterinary scientist to look for ways to help her do her job better.

Mark Hosking

Having spent the past 12 years working as a veterinarian in the dairy industry, finding a university with strong links to the agricultural sector, and an MBA with a grounded approach to practical business, was the key to helping Mark advance his career.

Grant Kedian

Since 2005, Grant Kedian has worked at Tradestaff, one of New Zealand’s largest privately owned recruitment companies.

Richard Kinzett

Richard Kinzett wanted to understand more about corporate management and leadership when he decided to enrol fro the Waikato MBA. Now he's working as an independent management consultant in Brisbane, Australia.

Tahl Lawrence

With a background in civil engineering, Tahl Lawrence signed up for the Waikato MBA to broaden his outlook and extend his professional skillset. ""It gives you the tools to make some great choices in your career,"" he says.

Moana Leilua

“For those who are seeking a qualification that will add value immediately to their level of business acumen, I would most definitely recommend the Waikato MBA,” says Moana Leilua, manager of the Steelers rugby team.

Raewyn Mahara

With over 20 years’ experience in the education sector, Raewyn Mahara decided to take the next step in her professional development by joining the MBA programme at the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

Raewyn McPhillips

So far the Waikato MBA has been a journey of discovery, hard work and growth, says Raewyn McPhillips, an international trade manager at Tatua Co-Operative Dairy Company.

Andrew Mumford

Andrew Mumford is the manager of marketing operations at Fisher & Paykel Heathcare. He says Waikato's MBA gave him a new repertoire of resources to call on and inspired passion for seeking new ways to solve problems.

Michelle Murray

Since she began work in the health sector more than 10 years ago, Michelle Murray has notched up an impressive resume.

Bentham Ohia

Bentham Ohia completed his MBA at Waikato University, where he developed a management style that supports his skill, talents and experience.

Chandra Poudyal

Chandra is a doctoral student is researching the power relational issues in Nepalese private schools. Chandra, who is from Nepal chose Waikato because it is considered one of the most prestigious universities in New Zealand.

Cathy Prendergast

Cathy Prendergast has been named as a finalist in the Dairy Women's Network Community Leadership Award 2017.

Les Roa

In 1998 Longveld was moderately successful as a new player in the stainless steel service industry but was losing momentum.

Louise Upston

From her polished public image, one would never guess that National MP, Louise Upston had a rough start to her tertiary education

Come along to the Waikato MBA information session on Thursday 25 January 2018 and learn more about what our MBA programme can offer, ask questions, and network with current MBA participants and lecturers. Register here.

The Waikato Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a life-changing two-part programme; custom-made with input from New Zealand business leaders. It's designed to propel you into senior leadership roles such as general manager or chief executive officer.

You'll gain expertise in best business practices, and learn how to implement value creation strategies that can radically transform organisations and the people within them.

The Waikato MBA puts a strong focus on leadership development, as well as general management skills. One of the highlights is an international study tour, where you'll learn first-hand about doing business in other countries.

You'll be taught by top lecturers with international teaching experience. They are also sought-after business consultants and active researchers, with links to some of the world's leading companies.

Our students enjoy inspiring presentations from guest speakers in industry, and go on field trips to visit successful local businesses.

Flexible part-time study options

Enjoy the freedom to study part-time while you work, with classes offered in Hamilton, Tauranga, or the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development in Hopuhopu, Ngaruawahia.

Classes start in February, March or April, depending on which option you choose:

Part One of MBA:

  • Hamilton (one year, starting Feb): every Monday and Thursday 6pm - 9pm
  • Hamilton (one year, starting March): alternate weekends; Friday 2pm - 6pm and Saturday 8am - 4.30pm
  • Hamilton (two years, starting Feb): every Monday 6pm - 9pm
  • Tauranga (two years, starting Feb): alternate Saturdays, 8.30am - 5pm

Part Two of MBA:

  • Hamilton (starting April): Alternate Fridays 2pm - 6pm and alternate Saturdays 8am - 4.30pm (for one year)

Waikato-Tainui College - Parts One and Two of MBA:

  • Hopuhopu (Starting Feb/March 2018): Friday 8am - 4.30pm and Saturday 8am - 4.30pm (for two years).

Note: This programme is taught part-time, so is NOT open to international students unless they are permanent residents of New Zealand. However, you may be interested in applying for the Master of Business and Management degree instead. This is a one-year, full-time business masters open to graduates from any subject discipline.

Waikato has an international reputation

The Waikato MBA is internationally accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), confirming this is a world-class qualification that offers high-quality teaching and content.

You'll study at Waikato Management School, which has held Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA since 2005. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research, achieved by less than 1% of the world's business schools.

The Waikato MBA was awarded Tier One Status in the CEO Global MBA Rankings 2017.

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton; Tauranga
Faculty Waikato Management School
Years 2.0
Points 240
Start Dates E Semester (Weekend stream)

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

International study tour

One of the most popular highlights of the Waikato MBA is an international study tour, with 9-12 days of industry visits and cultural sight-seeing. This provides an opportunity  for you to learn first-hand about doing business in different cultures, and see how global theories work in practice.

Not only will you visit successful blue-chip international companies to see how they are run, but you'll also get to talk to their leaders.

You'll meet New Zealanders doing business offshore, representatives from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, attend networking events with MBA participants from the host country, and engage with senior economic commentators.

Finally, you'll attend a series of seminars focused on the economies of the countries you visit. Read more about the International Study Tour.

You can apply for Part One of the MBA if you have:

  • A bachelor's degree, and
  • At least three years' relevant management experience.

You can apply for Part Two of the MBA if you have:

  • Completed Part One of the MBA with a B grade average; or
  • Completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies with a B grade average
  • OR have completed a Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours with a B+ grade average.

You may be required to attend an interview before being admitted to this programme.

We will ask you to provide the following:

  • A CV that outlines your employment history including previous job titles, responsibilities and duration of contract. Please include name and contact details of your direct manager in your last two or three positions (where applicable). We may wish to contact them for verification.
  • Three written referees’ recommendations (employer and character).

Part One

Part One of the MBA focuses on all aspects of general management, giving you a holistic view of the organisation as a whole.

For the integrative case study, you'll work in teams to develop a strategy for a real organisation, and be given one-to-one feedback.

Topics covered include:

  • Managerial economics
  • Commercial law
  • Human resources
  • Financial analysis and accounting
  • Investment decision-making
  • Marketing
  • Developing strategy
  • Logistics and global business
  • Organisational behaviour and culture
  • Leading large teams of people
  • Dealing with conflict, negotiation, crisis management and change management.

Part Two

Part Two of the MBA lifts your gaze to higher goals and asks whether you belong at the boardroom table.

You will also take what you've learnt and apply it to the real world through a business research project focused on a topic relevant to you and your organisation.

Topics covered include:

  • Leadership and transformation of individuals and organisations
  • Strategic value creation
  • Corporate finance
  • Sustainability
  • Ethics and governance
  • Business research methods
  • International study experience

Part One papers

EXED501 High Performance Teams

EXED502 Practice of Strategy

EXED503 Managerial Economics and the Global Business Environment

EXED504 Organisational Behaviour

EXED505 Strategic Human resource Practice

EXED506 Commercial and Employment Law

EXED507 Logistics and Operational Management

EXED508 Marketing Practice

EXED509 Financial and Management Accounting

EXED510 Financial Markets and Investment Decision Making

EXED511 Integrative Case Study

Part Two papers

EXED516 Global Business

EXED512 Leadership and Transformation of Individuals and Organisations

EXED518 Strategic Value Creation

EXED 517 Strategic Corporate Finance

EXED515 Sustainability, Ethics and Governance

EXED514 Business Research Methods

EXED513 Major Research Project

Professional development is an important theme of the Waikato MBA. We give our students the opportunity to grow not only as managers but to develop as leaders too.

You'll be asked to nominate a mentor for the duration of the programme, who will act in a support role. He or she can be a senior manager in your own workplace, or in another organisation.

You'll gain a deeper understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader through a tailored programme of personal development. This will include evaluations related to emotional intelligence, personality type, team roles and 360-degree feedback.

Complementing this will be a one-on-one leadership clinic to discuss your individual development needs and prepare an action plan.


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Degree Structure

MBA programme requirements

The completion requirements for the Master of Business and Administration depend on your admission qualification.

If your admission was based on having a bachelor's degree, or demonstrated adequate training, experience and ability, then you must:

  • Pass 240 points at 500-level, including 120 points at Part One and 120 points at Part Two
  • Pass all the prescribed papers and achieve at least a B+ grade average over Part One of the MBA
  • Fail no more than one paper
  • Complete any Assurance of Learning requirements.

If your admission was based on having a BMS(Hons) degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, then you must:

  • Pass 120 points in all of the papers prescribed for Part Two of the MBA
  • Fail no more than one paper
  • Complete any Assurance of Learning requirements.

If you achieve an A grade average or better for your papers, you may be awarded the MBA with Distinction.