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MMS

Master of Management Studies

Set yourself up as a future business leader and rise to the top of your profession with specialist management expertise. Get the edge over other graduates with a Master of Management Studies from Waikato's Triple Crown Accredited business school.

Jamie Carson

Strategic Management
Waikato graduate Jamie Carson has never regretted taking a friend’s advice to do a one-year Master of Management Studies specialising in Strategic Management.


If you're looking to accelerate your professional career by gaining expertise in an area of business you're passionate about, or want to prepare for a PhD or research career, this degree is designed for you.

The Master of Management Studies (MMS) degree will bring you closer to the frontiers of knowledge in your specialist field, and prepare you for leadership roles that require a high level of critical thinking and information analysis.

This degree normally includes both taught and research papers, but can also be taken as a full research degree.

Study part-time or full-time for 1-2 years (120 or 180 points), starting in either February (A Semester) or July (B Semester). Normally all papers are taken within a single specialist subject or interdisciplinary area.

MMS in Finance - Professional

A new specialisation for the MMS is also available in Finance – Professional. This one-year programme (180 points) is aimed at those seeking industry-relevant skills and knowledge needed to build a professional career in the financial industry. It has a strong practical focus and is ideal for students who have never majored in Finance before.

The 11 required papers will develop your foundational knowledge of investments and financial markets, before introducing you to more advanced topics, such as derivative securities and advanced financial modelling. You will also have the opportunity to undertake an applied research project. See the Degree Structure tab and Finance subject requirements for details of papers.

Specialist subjects available:

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. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research, achieved by less than 1% of the world's business schools.

In the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2017, we're ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting and Finance, and in the world's top 250 for Business & Management Studies, and Economics & Econometrics.

And in the Eduniversal Best Masters Rankings 2017, our Master of Management Studies is ranked in the world's top 100 universities for the following specialist fields: Agribusiness (39th overall); Management and Sustainability (57th overall); and Tourism and Hospitality Management (32nd overall).

We also scored a Top 25 Oceania ranking for our masters programmes in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Management, Leadership Communication, Management Systems, and Marketing.

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Years 1 or 2
Points 120 or 180
Start Dates February (Semester A) and July (Semester B)
Domestic Fees $7,433 (120 points) or $11,165 (180 points)
International Fees $27,155 (120 points) or $40,735 (180 points)
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.

Subjects

These are all the subjects available for the Master of Management Studies

TITLE TYPE
Accounting
Agribusiness
Anthropology
Applied Linguistics
Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Chinese
Computer Science
Development Studies
Earth Sciences
Economics
Education and Society
English
Environmental Planning
Finance
French
Geography
History
Human Resource Management
International Management
International Relations and Security Studies
Japanese
Labour Studies
Law
Management and Sustainability
Management Systems
Marketing
Materials and Processing
Mathematics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Population Studies and Demography
Psychology
Public Policy
Public Relations
Screen and Media Studies
Social Science Research
Sociology
Spanish
Sport, Health and Human Performance
Statistics
Strategic Management
Supply Chain Management
Theatre Studies
Tourism and Hospitality Management
Tourism Management
Women's and Gender Studies

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Waikato Management School has a vibrant student culture that offers plenty of social and learning opportunities.
You can meet like-minded people through student clubs, such as:

For expert advice on writing essays and reports, contact our team of specialist teachers in the WMS Language and Learning Development Unit, located in the Management Student Centre (MSB1.50).

Check out the Waikato Management School Facebook page for the latest news and events.

You can apply for the MMS if you have:
  • Completed a bachelor's degree from Waikato Management School, or its equivalent, OR;
  • Completed an honours degree or postgraduate diploma in a relevant subject area (at least 120 points), AND;
  • Achieved at least a B grade average in the subject you intend to take for this qualification.
You can apply for the MMS – Finance – Professional (specialisation) if you have:
  • Completed a bachelor's degree from Waikato Management School, or its equivalent, OR;
  • Achieved a B-minus grade average in relevant commerce, management or business degree.

International students must have an equivalent qualification from a recognised university, and meet the English language requirements.

Admission to the programme does not automatically imply admission to particular papers, so you may need to complete some prerequisite papers first. See the catalogue of papers at papers.waikato.ac.nz

For more information, please refer to the degree regulations and the WMS Student Handbook.

Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc
Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

Degree Structure

Master of Management Studies

MMS required papersMMS required papers
MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies
or
MNGT502 Research Methods in Management Studies for Economics and Finance*
Dissertation or Thesis (up to four 500-level papers)
500-level paper in specialist subject500-level paper in specialist subject
500-level paper in specialist subject500-level elective paper

Note: If 15-point papers are selected, you'll need to take extra papers to complete the degree.

Note: MNGT502* is only available to Economics or Finance students.


Master of Management Studies in Finance - Professional (specialisation)

Stage OneFINA501 Computer Modelling for
Financial Analysis
FINA510 Financial
Theory and
Corporate Policy
FINA517 Investment, Portfolios and
Financial Markets
ECON507 Quantitative
Skills for Finance
and Economics
 
Stage TwoFINA502 Derivative Securities OneFINA503 Issues in Corporate FinanceFINA504 International Corporate FinanceFINA507 Corporate Restructuring and
Governance
FINA519 Derivative Securities Two
Stage ThreeFINA505 Applied Research Project
in Finance
FINA516 Advanced Financial Modelling 1   

Note: Admission to this programme does not automatically imply admission to particular papers, so you may need to complete prerequisite papers first. The actual order of papers taken may differ from what is indicated in the degree planner above, depending on which semester the papers are being offered.

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MMS programme requirements

To complete the Master of Management Studies, you'll need to complete either 120 or 180 points of 500-level papers, depending on your admission qualification. See below for details.

For more information, please refer to the MMS degree regulations and the Waikato Management School Student Handbook

Requirements based on admission with a bachelor's degree or equivalent

If your admission was based on having a Waikato Management School bachelor's degree, or equivalent,, then to complete the MMS degree you must:

  • Pass 180 points in 500-level papers
  • Complete any specific subject paper requirements
  • Pass at least 120 points in one of the specialist subjects for this degree
  • Take no more than 60 points in other subjects
  • Include at least a 15-point research methodology paper, MNGT501 or MNGT502*
  • Include a directed study, dissertation or thesis (up to four papers)
  • Complete any Assurance of Learning requirements

Note: *MNGT502 is only available to Economics or Finance students.

Requirements based on admission with an Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma

If your admission was based on having an Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma, then to complete the MMS degree you must:

  • Pass 120 points in 500-level papers
  • Completed any specific subject paper requirements
  • Pass at least 60 points in one of the specialist subjects for this degree
  • Take no more than 30 points in other subjects not listed above
  • Include at least a 15-point research methodology paper, MNGT501 or MNGT502* (unless previously completed)
  • Include a directed study, dissertation or thesis (up to four papers)
  • Complete any Assurance of Learning requirements
  • Take no more than 30 points in subjects not listed above.

Note: If you fail a paper (not worth more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper or take an alternative paper on one occasion only. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the degree.