Create the career you want at Waikato Management School

Study Management

Find your niche by studying at Waikato Management School, ranked in the top 1% of business schools globally with our Triple Crown Accreditation.

Future-proof your career by developing the expertise and industry experience you need to take on a wide range of professional roles in business, government, and the not-for profit sector.

Our flexible qualifications and subjects will equip you to drive innovation within modern organisations so they can transform, adapt and succeed in the 21st century.

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Business & Management

Are your sights set on becoming a dynamic manager or business advisor?

Learn how to lead teams of people within organisations, seek out new opportunities, solve problems, use data to identify key trends, and guide an organisation's strategic or financial decisions.

Communication Studies

Get the up-to-date industry skills you need to become a public relations or marketing specialist.

Communicate with purpose and tell stories that will shift public perceptions and make a positive impact on society and business.

Postgraduate study

Upgrade your skills and prepare for a new career in accounting, finance, digital business or management with our masters degrees or diplomas.

Why study business at Waikato?

  • Flexible, industry-focused qualifications to suit everyone from school leavers to career switchers.
  • Practical work experience. All our degrees include a workplace internship or applied business research project.
  • Hands-on learning through real-world case studies and assignments that bring business and communication theory to life.
  • Number one for economics research in New Zealand – learn from some of the country’s leading economists (PBRF 2019)
  • Globally ranked in top 300 universities for Business & Management Studies, Economics, Accounting & Finance, Communication & Media Studies (QS Subject Rankings 2019).
  • Extra support when you need it. Free mentoring programme and online tutoring service for all students.


  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness
  • Digital Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Management
  • Leadership Communication
  • Management and Sustainability (PG)
  • Management Systems (PG)
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Strategic Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Tourism Management (PG)

Career options:

  • Accountant (chartered)
  • Banker - commercial or investment
  • Business development manager
  • Business/systems analyst
  • Communications advisor
  • Digital business consultant
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur/business owner
  • Events and sponsorship manager
  • Financial advisor
  • General manager/CEO
  • Government policy advisor
  • Hotel or resort manager
  • Human resources advisor
  • Importer/exporter
  • International trade advisor
  • Logistics manager
  • Management consultant
  • Marketing/sales manager
  • Operations manager
  • Project manager
  • Public relations executive
  • Logistics/supply chain manager
  • Strategic manager

Student Success Stories

Emelie Verseput

Bachelor of Business (majoring in Marketing)

Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

Master of Management Studies (majoring in Management Systems)

Hollie Keightley

Hollie Keightley

Bachelor of Communication Studies (majoring in Public Relations)

Lydia Smit

Lydia Smit

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (majoring in Strategic Management and Human Resource Management)

Thomas Nabbs

Thomas Nabbs

Bachelor of Management Studies (majoring in Strategic Management and Human Resource Management).

Bianca Henley

Bianca Henley

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (majoring in Finance and Economics)

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Bachelor of Business

3 years  |   Hamilton, Tauranga

Be a business innovator. Gain the skills to drive business forward in a world that changes with a click.

Our three-year Bachelor of Business will prepare you for a wide range of professional and managerial roles essential to the success of any company or organisation in the 21st century.

Gain the insights needed for rapid innovation and help guide companies through the global marketplace.

Develop well-rounded skills in all the key areas of business in your first year - from marketing, digital business, supply chain management, accounting, economics and finance.

Includes a workplace internship or business research project.

This degree is focused on developing New Zealand's business innovators and entrepreneurs of the future. Get set to take on highly skilled roles across a diverse range of industries – from agribusiness and logistics to tourism, professional services and the government.

In first year you’ll get a grounding in all the core areas of business, from accounting, economics and finance through to digital business, marketing, strategy and supply chain management.

Discover which career pathways you’re most passionate about, before specialising in up to two major subjects later on.

The Bachelor of Business will prepare you to play a crucial part in helping organisations run their operations in a responsible way, adapt to the needs of changing markets, and drive innovation processes to develop cutting-edge products or services.

You'll gain valuable insights into why companies need to be agile to survive in today's 24/7 global marketplace, and how to use the latest digital technologies to make an organisation more profitable and efficient.

With the Bachelor of Business, you’ll develop the bold and curious mindset that today’s employers are looking for, with a good mix of analytical, financial, decision-making, teamwork, project management and communication skills.

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Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours

4 years  |   Hamilton

Transform yourself into a leader and help shape the future of the global business landscape.

Waikato's Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours is New Zealand's premier four-year business degree. It includes a year of postgraduate honours study designed to enrich your learning through real-world experiences.

The BMS(Hons) is for those who aim to become dynamic and agile business leaders or CEOs, with the ambitious mindset to tackle complex challenges facing organisations.

You'll receive corporate mentoring, go on an overseas study tour, and gain practical experience with real employers.

Seek out new global market opportunities, develop strategies for sustainable growth, and build high-performing teams of people.

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    Master of Business and Management

    12 months  |   Hamilton

    Transform your career and prepare to become a business leader in only 12 months with Waikato's globally recognised Master of Business and Management.

    Our MBM degree provides a transformative education that will develop your skills in all aspects of global business and management - from strategy and finance through to marketing and supply chain management.

    This full-time course is designed for graduates of any bachelor's degree (eg. arts, teaching, science) – who wish to expand their career options and increase their earning potential.  A key part of the MBM is putting what you learn into practice.

    Includes a one-month business internship and a Dragons' Den entrepreneurial competition.

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      Master of Digital Business

      12 months  |   Hamilton, Online

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

      Waikato's one-year Master of Digital Business is unique in New Zealand, as it focuses on using the latest business technologies from a management perspective.

      Explore topics such as big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, social media, real-time analytics, e-govt business services, and automated logistics.

      This highly practical masters degree will show you how to harness the power of digital technologies to revolutionise a company's business operations. Includes a professional field internship for 8-13 weeks.

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        Diploma in Management

        1 year  |   Hamilton, Tauranga

        Equip yourself with well-rounded business and financial acumen and springboard further study.

        The Diploma in Management takes one year's full-time study, compared to three years for the Bachelor of Business or four years for the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours.

        It's a great way to gain an introductory university qualification and can lead to more advanced study.

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          University of Waikato

          Phone: 0800 924 528 (within NZ) or +64 7 838 4610 (international students)
          Location: Student Centre (M Block), Hamilton (Map)

          Management Student Centre (MSC)

          Phone: 07 838 4303
          Location: MSB.1.46, Waikato Management School, Hamilton (Map)