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MBMS

Master of Business and Management Specialised

Prepare to become a business leader or entrepreneur and gain advanced skills in one specialist area in only 16 months with a Master of Business and Management Specialised.

Please note

This qualification is not available in 2018. Please refer to the Master of Business and Management page instead.

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The Master of Business and Management (Specialised) (MBMS) provides a truly transformative education that will prepare you to take on a wide range of management and leadership roles.

You can start the MBMS programme in either March or November each year.

Over 16 months, you'll gain a well-grounded understanding of general management, as well as advanced knowledge in your chosen specialist field of business. Previous business experience is not required.

It's designed for graduates of any bachelor's degree – from arts and engineering to teaching and social sciences – who wish to become a future business leader and expand their career options.

Your learning experience is designed to be practical, challenging and inspiring.

In the first year, you'll hone your skills in areas such as leading and managing teams, planning for strategic growth, marketing, digital business, economics and financial analysis, human resources, supply chain, and much more.

  • You'll work in teams to develop an entrepreneurial start-up business, and then pitch your business plan to a group of senior executives.
  • You'll complete a month-long internship at a local business. We organise all internships on your behalf.
  • Visits to local businesses are a feature of this programme.
  • You'll develop strong communication and problem solving skills;  and gain the confidence to lead teams and manage organisational change.

In the last four months of the MBMS, you'll specialise in a particular area of business that you're passionate about. Choose from:

  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness
  • Finance
  • International Management
  • Public Relations

Note: Current MBM students have the option of transferring into the MBMS programme after completing their 12-month MBM course. This means you'll need to study for a further four months, starting in March.

Waikato has an international reputation

Study this degree at Waikato Management School, a Triple Crown international business school accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB since 2005. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research, achieved by less than 1% of the world's business schools.

Note: Students who choose to start the programme in November will study for 12 months continuously and then take a three-month break from December to February, when classes are in recess. Your classes will recommence in March.

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Waikato Management School
Months 16
Points 240
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $18,200 (Nov 2017 intake) per programme (approx)
International Fees $46,655 (Nov 2017 intake); $49,920 (Nov and March 2018 intakes) per programme (approx)
Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Waikato Management School has a vibrant student culture and provides a supportive learning environment, with ready access to alumni and mentors.

Working alongside other students from diverse cultural backgrounds will help you to establish a strong network of local and international business contacts.

You’ll be invited to take part in many fun social and cultural activities to help you bond with your classmates – such as hiking up a mountain for the day! Here are some comments made by our students:

  • "Wonderful…you’ll be surprised at the amount of practical learning you get.”
  • "It's a great place to study ... You will love the nature and the people here."
  • "The knowledge and tools that you gain are something you will not regret."
  • “Waikato University’s business school is fantastic with the support from staff and students”.

You can also make new friends through student clubs, such as Waikato Management School Students' Association (WMSSA).

You can apply for the MBMS if you have:
  • A bachelor's degree in any subject discipline, or its equivalent, from an approved university
  • Achieved a B-minus grade average or above in the final year of your degree.

Graduates of the MBM can automatically transfer into the MBMS if they wish.

Admission to this programme may be subject to the completion of any qualifying papers, or additional work may be required.

International students must have a bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised university, and if applicable, meet the English language requirements.

International applicants need to provide evidence of English language proficiency, with an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, and no band score less than 6.0.

All applicants are asked to complete an online Pre-MBM Toolkit assessment before classes start.

Application proceedure

Note: Students who choose to start the programme in November will study for 12 months continuously and then take a three-month break from December to February, when classes are in recess. Your classes will recommence in March.

During  the first 12 months of the MBMS, you will complete the 16 papers below. After that, you will move into the 'Specialisations' phase of the programme.

EXPM501 Leadership, Power and Influence

EXPM502 Organisational Culture and Communication

EXPM503 Financial Analysis and Performance

EXPM504 Integrative Paper - Application and Reflection

EXPM505 Human Resource Management

EXPM506 Economics for Managers

EXPM507 Strategic Management

EXPM508 Sustainability Strategies for Organisations

EXPM509 Business Research Project

EXPM510 Marketing

EXPM511 Global Business

EXPM512 Commercial Law and Corporate Governance

EXPM513 Digital Business

EXPM514 Decisions and Supply Chain Management

EXPM515 Action Learning Project

EXPM516 Design Thinking and Innovation

Contacts

New Zealand students - MBMS enquiries

Management Student Centre
Phone: (07) 838 4303 or toll free 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday

International students - MBMS enquiries

International Office at University of Waikato
Email: international@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: +64 856 2889 (from outside New Zealand)

Submit an Enquiry

Degree Structure

PapersPapers

EXPM501
Leadership

EXPM502
Organisational Culture and Communication
EXPM503
Financial Analysis and Performance 

EXPM504
Integrative Paper: Application and Reflection

EXPM505
Strategic Management

EXPM506
Economics for Managers
EXPM507
Strategic Management
EXPM508
Sustainability Strategies for Organisations
EXPM509
Business Research Project
EXPM510
Marketing 
EXPM511
Global Business
EXPM512
Commercial Law and Corporate Governance
EXPM513
Digital Business
EXPM514
Decisions and Supply Chain Management
EXPM515
Action Learning Project
EXPM516
Design Thinking and Innovation
500 level
Specialist paper
500 level
Specialist paper
500 level
Specialist paper
500 level
Specialist paper