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MMAIBus

Master of Māori and Indigenous Business

Gain the advanced business expertise you need to help lead the growing Māori and Indigenous economy with this online, part-time masters degree. Enhance your career and accelerate your progression into senior management roles

Maori at Waikato

Kia hiwa ra, kia hiwa ra! Hāpaitia te ara tika pūmau ai te rangatiratanga mō ngā uri whakatipu.

Foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future generations.

The Master of Māori and Indigenous Business (MMAIBus) is an online, part-time masters degree designed to equip you with the dynamic business expertise required to lead and manage a Māori or Indigenous business.

The burgeoning Māori economy needs skilled business graduates to drive sustainable local, national and international growth - and this highly practical degree will set you up to be at the forefront of Māori or Indigenous-led enterprises.

This three-year course is aimed at business owners, managers and professionals who wish to hold senior leadership roles or start their own entrepreneurial business. It's designed to maximise the impact of Māori on New Zealand's economic wellbeing.

You'll gain the knowledge to develop executable business strategies, enriched by an understanding of Māori cultural values and Indigenous approaches to business.

Course content

The course consists of 12 to 16 core papers (depending on your prior academic learning) covering topics such as the Māori economy; process and project management; marketing; innovation and entrepreneurship; finance and accounting; people management; and international business.

Each paper is a 10-week block of study, and you'll normally complete four papers a year (40 weeks).

Students will analyse case studies of Māori businesses, and engage with a wide range of Māori and Indigenous business leaders.

You'll also learn about the importance of ethical business practices and Māori values in contributing to sustainability, improved stewardship of taonga (treasures), community wellbeing, and tikanga Māori (Māori culture).

Towards the end of the course, you'll complete a capstone project investigating a real-world business issue, and undertake an advanced social enterprise project.

Online learning - when and where it suits you

This programme is delivered as an online partnership between six New Zealand universities, providing you with access to some of the country's leading academics and business practitioners.

Partners include the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Massey University, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, and the University of Waikato.

Students can enrol with the preferred university of their own choice - whether that's in your home region or further afield.

All classes are taught online, allowing you to complete the work when and where it suits you, through a combination of individual learning and online group activities. There will be webinars, videos, class discussions, readings, interactive tasks and weekly tutorials.

Kaupapa Māori teaching and learning

The teaching and learning style is kaupapa Māori, and is designed to support students' academic and business success.

To get you started, the programme kicks off with a two-day wānanga to connect you with your national community of MMAIBus staff and students. Support services will be explained to you during the wānanga.

Students will also have opportunities to meet face-to-face with staff and other students at their nearest university every week, to facilitate group activities and support whakawhanaungatanga.

The course content has evolved from consultation with iwi, hapū and whānau, government, senior Māori academics, and community and corporate leaders.

Dates and deadlines

Course start date: 9 April 2018
Application deadline: 16 March 2018. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Career opportunities

  • Business owner
  • General manager
  • Management consultant
  • CEO of not-for-profit community enterprise

Key information

Study Locations Online
Faculty Waikato Management School
Years 3 - 5
Points 120, 180 or 240 points
Start Dates 9 April 2018

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Foundation papers (*only required for students admitted into the Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Business):

  • MIBUS501 Theories of Learning (15 points)
  • MIBUS502 The Māori economy (15 points)
  • MIBUS503 Critical Analysis and Writing (15 points)
  • MIBUS504 Decision-Making in Business (15 points)

Intermediate papers (*required for students admitted with a bachelor's degree, or equivalent qualification):

  • MIBUS511 Māori in Business 1 (15 points)
  • MIBUS512 Business Communication (15 points)
  • MIBUS513 Process and Project Management (15 points)
  • MIBUS514 People Management (15 points)

Advanced papers (*required for students admitted with an honours degree; a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business; or a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Development):

  • MIBUS521 Māori in Business 2 (15 points)
  • MIBUS522 Marketing (15 points)
  • MIBUS523 Innovation and Entrepreneurs (15 points)
  • MIBUS524 Finance and Accounting (15 points)

Capstone papers (*required by all students to complete the Master of Māori and Indigenous Business):

  • MIBUS531 Māori in Business 3 (15 points)
  • MIBUS532 Career Management (15 points)
  • MIBUS533 International Business (15 points)
  • MIBUS534 Advanced Social Enterprise (15 points)

Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply for the Master of Māori and Indigenous Business (MMAIBus). You must be available to attend a two-day noho marae held at the start of the programme.

1) Normal admission criteria:

a) To be admitted to the Master of Māori and Indigenous Business (MMAIBus), you must have completed a relevant bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) with a grade average of at least 4.0 (B-minus) in 45 points above 200-level.

Students admitted with a bachelor's degree or equivalent will need to pass the 12 core papers (180 points), MBUS511 to MBUS534.

b) Otherwise, you will be admitted if you have completed a relevant honours degree with a grade average of at least 4.0 (B-minus) in at least 45 points at 500-level. This includes any of the following:

  • Bachelor of Business Analysis with Honours
  • Bachelor of Communication Studies with Honours
  • Bachelor of Electronic Commerce with Honours
  • Bachelor of Entrepreneurship with Honours
  • Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours

Students who are admitted with an honours degree will need to pass eight papers (120 points). Choose four papers from MBUS511 to MBUS524, and then complete the four capstone papers (MBUS531 to MBUS534).

c) Otherwise, you will be admitted if you have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Development, with a grade average of at least 5.0 (B or higher).

2) Prior work experience:

All applicants must be able to provide evidence of at least three years' relevant management experience.

You may also be required to pass a test of academic aptitude and/or attend an interview to be formally accepted into the programme.

3) Alternative entry pathway:

Students who do not have a bachelor's degree, but do have at least two years' relevant management experience, may instead be allowed to enrol in the Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Business (four papers; MIBUS501-504), and then transition into the masters programme (MIBUS511-MIBUS534). This works out at a total of 16 papers (240 points) over four years.

4) Exceptional circumstances:

Students who do not meet the entry criteria may still be considered for admission to either the Master of Māori and Indigenous Business or the Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business in exceptional circumstances.

This decision will be made by the Academic Board based on the student's academic merit and relevant experience, subject to the completion of any qualifying papers that are prescribed.

How to enrol

If you wish to enrol for the Master of Māori and Indigenous Business through the University of Waikato, please apply using the Application to Enrol form.

Contacts

For advice on enrolling for the Master of Māori and Indigenous Business, please contact the Management Student Centre on 0800 654 303 and ask to speak to one of our advisors, either Kim Barclay-Kerr or Pauline Gray.

Enrolled students who do not meet the requirements to graduate from the Master of Māori and Indigenous Business have the option of reassigning their completed papers to another qualification:

  • Once you have passed four papers, worth 60 points, you may apply to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Business (PGCertMAIBus). You must normally complete these papers within two years.
  • Once you have passed eight papers, worth 120 points, you may apply to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business (PGDipMAIBus). You must normally complete these papers within four years.

Degree Structure

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
MIBUS501
Theories of Learning
MIBUS511
Māori in Business 1
MIBUS521
Māori in Business 2
MIBUS531
Māori in Business 3
MIBUS502
The Māori Economy
MIBUS512
Business Communication
MIBUS522
Marketing
MIBUS532
Career Management
MIBUS503
Critical Analysis and Writing
MIBUS513
Process and Project Management
MIBUS523
Innovation and Entrepreneurs
MIBUS533
International Business
MIBUS504
Decision-Making in Business
MIBUS514
People Management
MIBUS524
Finance and Accounting
MIBUS534
Advanced Social Enterprise
120 points 120 points 120 points 120 points
Compulsory Paper