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Master of Digital Business

Set yourself up for where the world of digital business is going with a specialised master’s degree in this cutting-edge field.

Waylon Kenning

Master of Digital Business student Waylon Kenning likes to create “digital experiences that delight customers; by defining their interests and marrying them to technology”.


Waikato's Master of Digital Business is unique in New Zealand, as it provides a strong focus on digital technology from a management perspective.

If you're keen to pursue a career as a tech-savvy manager, this pioneering programme will bring you bang up-to-date with the theory and practice of e-commerce and digital business.

The digital revolution has created exciting new challenges for managers who are keen to find new ways of engaging with customers and optimising their organisation's performance. And in a modern society that's obsessed with all things smart and mobile, industries and businesses that fail to keep pace with the latest digital technologies will become increasingly irrelevant.

This highly practical degree will equip you with advanced skills in how the latest digital technologies are revolutionising business operations across most industries. For example, even agriculture is now a hotbed of digital innovation, as geospatial data can link what we buy from the supermarket to specific paddocks, trees or vines.

Our students get hands-on exposure to contemporary business technologies, and gain key management skills in how best to apply these technologies within business - essential for careers in developing e-commerce initiatives and leading digital transformation strategies for organisations. MDigiBus graduates have an excellent understanding of technology potential and business acumen. You'll also have the opportunity to do an industry internship over summer.

In this degree, you'll explore topics such as cloud computing, big data, mobile computing, beacon technology, gamification, business intelligence, real-time analytics, global marketing and social media, IT consumerisation, location-based services, supply chain integration, automated logistics, e-government business services, search technology, and virtual team communication.

Students can attend face-to-face classes on campus in Hamilton, or choose to study online from anywhere in New Zealand.

You can start studying for the Professional MDigiBus in either late February (A Semester) or July (B Semester).

Professional stream

If you’d like to gain practical, industry-relevant knowledge of digital business, or wish to study online, the Professional stream is for you.

A key feature of this stream is an industry internship paper, where you'll be working on real projects at an organisation of your choice for 8-13 weeks over summer (November to February); either in New Zealand or overseas. This is designed to kick-start your career by giving you hands-on experience that is sought after by employers, and will help solidify your knowledge base.

(Note: Students are expected to find their own host organisation several months in advance, we can offer assistance if needed.)

You'll also complete an applied research project investigating a problem or opportunity related to digital business at a real organisation.

Online study option

It's possible to study the Professional stream completely online if you wish – ideal for people who are working full-time. This is a fully prescribed programme of seven papers (180 points). All interactions with staff and students will take place online.

Assessments will include written assignments, web video presentations, online discussion forums, wikis, info graphics, mind maps, and more.

Research stream

Conduct in-depth research into a specialist area of digital business that you're truly passionate about, and write a dissertation.

This stream may be the best option for you if you're interested in developing the skills for further academic study, such as a PhD, or a possible future research career. You'll get to grips with the latest research and gain expertise in how digital technologies can be applied in a business context.

You will write a dissertation on a specialist research topic of your own choice, and gain the investigative skills and knowledge required to embark on a PhD thesis, or a future career as an academic.

Waikato has an international reputation

You'll be studying 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.

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for the teaching of Business & Management Studies by the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2017.

And in the Eduniversal Best Masters Rankings 2017, our Master of Digital Business is ranked 41st globally and 1st in New Zealand for Best Master's in E-Business and Digital Marketing.

 Career opportunities

  • Digital business manager
  • Business analyst
  • Project manager
  • Systems developer
  • Web systems manager
  • User experience manager
  • Digital marketing specialist
  • Product architect

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton; Online
Faculty Waikato Management School
Years 1.5
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $7,592 (120 pts) or $11,388 (180 pts) - March and July 2018 intakes
International Fees $27,970 (120 pts) or $41,955 (180 pts) - March and July 2018 intakes
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

For the Master of Digital Business, you will complete 180 points - normally six papers at 500-level - from the specialist subject of Electronic Commerce.

This includes three compulsory papers below, worth 30 points each. See below for details of each stream.

For the remaining 90 points, you can choose from a wide range of elective papers. (Note: Entry to each paper is subject to approval of the department chairperson):

For the Professional stream of the MDigiBusiness, you need to take the following papers:

Elective papers in Digital Business:

For the Online Professional stream of the MDigiBusiness, you need to take all of the following NET papers:

For the Research stream of the MDigiBusiness, you need to take the following papers:

Elective papers in Digital Business:

We encourage applications from a wide range of graduates. Even if you don't meet the criteria below, please talk to us to discuss your options, as all applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To apply for the MDigiBus, you need to have:

  • A bachelor's degree, honours degree, or postgraduate diploma (at least 120 points) in a relevant subject area, such as e-commerce, business/commerce/management, information technology or computer science.
  • In some cases, you may be considered for admission if you have relevant work experience in the field of IT, digital technology or business; OR based on academic merit. However, you may be required to complete some qualifying papers first.
  • International students must have an equivalent qualification from a recognised university, and meet the English language requirements for graduate/postgraduate programmes.
  • To be admitted to the Professional stream of the MDigiBus, you need to have achieved at least a B-minus (B-) grade average for your previous qualification.
  • To be admitted to the Research stream of the MDigiBus, you need to have achieved at least a B grade average for your previous qualification.
  • Admission to the programme does not automatically imply admission to particular papers, and you may need to complete some prerequisite papers first. The catalogue of papers can be found at papers.waikato.ac.nz.

For further information about the MDigiBus, please contact the Qualification Convenor, Dr Karyn Rastrick at: karyn@waikato.ac.nz

English language requirements for international students:

  • an IELTS overall score of at least 6.5, including at least 6.0 in the Writing band, or
  • an iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) score of at least 90, with a Writing score of at least 22, or
  • a B grade or better at Level 8 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
  • an overall score of C (with at least a C in the Writing band) in the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes, or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of at least 65, with no less than 58 for each communicative skill.

Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz

MDigiBus Qualification Convenor

Dr Karyn Rastrick - Lecturer
Email: karyn@waikato.ac.nz

Degree Structure

MDigiBus - Professional streamMDigiBus - Research stream

MSYS558

Contemporary Issues in Digital Business (30 points)

MSYS558

Contemporary Issues in Digital Business (30 points)

MSYS519

Professional Field Internship (30  points)

MNGT501

Research Methods in Management Studies (30 points)

MSYS552

Applied Research Methods and Project (30  points)

MSYS591

Research Dissertation (30 points)

500-level Elective paper

Digital Business

500-level Elective paper/s

Digital Business (total of 90 points)

500-level Elective paper

Digital Business

 

500-level Elective paper

Digital Business

 

Fully online MDigiBus option:

MSYS558-NET

Contemporary Issues in Digital Business (30 points)

MSYS559-NET

E-Business Technologies (15 points)

MSYS555-NET

Digital Business Management (30 points)

MSYS519-Net

Professional Field Internship (30 points)

INMG501-NET

E-Global Business: Strategic Management
and Marketing
(30 points)

MSYS552

Applied Research Methods and Project (30 points)

MCOM502-NET

Managing Virtual Team Communication (15 points)

 

Elective papers

All elective papers for the Master of Digital Business are listed under the postgraduate subject of Electronic Commerce.

Note: This is different to the undergraduate subject of Electronic Business.

MDigiBus completion requirements based on admission by bachelor's degree

If your admission was based on having a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce degree, or an equivalent degree in another relevant subject area, then to complete the MDigiBus degree you must:

Professional stream:

  • Pass 180 points in papers at 500-level, including the three required papers MSYS558, MSYS519 and MSYS552
  • This must include at least 120 points in papers listed for the subject of Electronic Commerce.
  • Complete any Assurance of Learning requirements.

Online Professional stream:

  • Pass 180 points in papers at 500-level, including the seven required papers
  • Complete any Assurance of Learning requirements.

Research stream:

  • Pass 180 points in papers at 500-level, including thre three required papers MSYS558, MNGT501 and MSYS591
  • This must include at least 120 points in papers listed for the subject of Electronic Commerce
  • Complete any Assurance of Learning requirements.

MDigiBus completion requirements based on admission by Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma

If your admission was based on having a BECom(Hons) or Postgraduate Diploma, then to complete the MECom degree you must:

Professional stream:

  • Pass 120 points at 500-level, including the three required papers MSYS558, MSYS519 and MSYS552
  • Take no more than 30 points outside the subject Electronic Commerce
  • Complete any Assurance of Learning requirements.

Research stream:

  • Pass 120 points at 500-level, including thre three required papers MSYS558, MNGT501 and MSYS591
  • Take no more than 30 points outside the subject Electronic Commerce
  • Complete any Assurance of Learning requirements.