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50 years of Waikato Management School

This year we are proud to be celebrating Waikato Management School’s 50th anniversary since the school was founded at the University of Waikato in 1972.

To learn more about the school’s pioneering history of achievements, and some of our amazing alumni over the past five decades, please visit our special WMS 50th website.

WMS 50th

Why study at Waikato Management School?

New Zealand rankings

Ranked #1 in NZ for Business and Economics

(Times Higher Education Rankings 2022)

Ranked #1 in NZ for Master of Digital Business (E-Business & Digital Marketing)

(Eduniversal Best Masters Rankings 2021)

Global rankings

Top 1% of business schools globally, with our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS)

World's top 125 universities for Business & Economics

(Times Higher Education Rankings 2022)

Only university in NZ & Australasia to have achieved the gold standard Certification in Education for Public Relations

(Public Relations Society of America)

Research rankings

1st in world for Accounting Information Systems experimental research (BYU Rankings)

1st in NZ for overall research quality in Economics (Performance-Based Research Fund)

Undergraduate Programmes WMS

Undergraduate Programmes

Waikato Management School offers four bachelor's degrees that all feature practical work experience and real-world case studies, plus 14 subjects to choose from across the different areas of business and management.

Bachelor of Business

Gain the skills to make well-informed business decisions that will have positive impacts for people, planet and profitability. Learn how to manage the operations of SMEs, or start your own entrepreneurial business.


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Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours

The BMS(Hons) is an exceptional four-year degree for top students who want to tackle complex challenges, think outside the box, and become purpose-driven business leaders.


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Bachelor of Communication

Learn how to communicate with purpose through digital storytelling. Master the art of creating websites and mobile apps, through to producing short films, podcasts, games, virtual reality, and social media.


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Bachelor of Climate Change

Become a change-maker and lead interdisciplinary solutions to address climate change. Students can combine a first major in Economics, Strategic Management or Public Relations with a second major such as Environmental Planning, Law, Ecology and Biodiversity, or Data Analytics.


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Postgraduate Programmes

Postgraduate Programmes

Upskill in as little as 12 months. Whether you're a graduate looking to gain specialist knowledge, or you already have significant work experience and want to advance your career, a master's degree in business and management at Waikato will set you up to increase your earning potential. Some master's degrees also offer a fully online study option.

The Waikato MBA

Transform into an outstanding business leader with our Master of Business Administration (MBA). This life-changing qualification will equip you with the agile mindset needed to drive continuous innovation within organisations; lead high-performing teams of people, and confidently manage any challenges that come your way.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates

Enhance your skills in your current industry, or drive your career in a new direction. Ideal for people who are already in the workforce, have a bachelor's degree, or recent graduates. Options to study face-to-face or online. Earn a graduate certificate in as little as 4 months.

First-class facilities

Waikato Management School boasts first-class teaching and learning facilities that are designed to set students up for success.

We also have a Management Student Centre, where our team of specialist advisors can answer all your questions.

Most of our programmes are delivered at the University of Waikato’s campus in Hamilton. However, we also deliver the Bachelor of Business and the Master of Business Administration at the Tauranga campus.