For the people who are ready to step up

Transform into a dynamic leader with the Waikato MBA

Waikato's world-class Master of Business Administration is for people who want to accelerate their career and move into senior leadership roles where they can make a significant positive impact.

The next intake at our Hamilton campus starts in March 2024.

Embark on your MBA journey at New Zealand's #1 ranked business school (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023).

Taught part-time on alternate Saturdays plus online sessions, our two-year MBA degree covers all aspects of general and strategic management. It is designed to be highly practical and relevant, so you can apply classroom learning to benefit your own business or organisation straight away.

Photo above: Nadine Parata, Supply chain manager at Fonterra, Waikato MBA grad

Sign up for an MBA virtual info session

Do you want to know what’s involved in studying for an MBA, and how it can fit in around your full-time job?

Learn more by signing up for one of our virtual info sessions (30 mins each), which are led by MBA Director Dr Nadia Trent and Programme Manager Tamie Shewry.

These will run from late September to late November, both afternoons and evenings.

Register for info session

A special highlight of the programme is the one-week International Study Tour to another country. Students go on field trips to visit export-led businesses, and learn about the challenges and opportunities of doing business internationally.

Smaller class sizes means personalised support from your lecturers and plenty of class interaction.

The Waikato MBA is ideal for:

  • Middle managers who want to advance into more senior roles
  • Business owners who want to add best-practice knowledge to their practical expertise
  • Functional, technical or professional specialists looking for strategic management knowledge

Photo: Waikato MBA students on their study tour to Vietnam in 2022.

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Study at Waikato, NZ's #1 business school

(THE World University Subject Rankings 2023)

Part-time study on alternate Saturdays

Competitive fees

Why choose the Waikato MBA?

The Waikato MBA will help you find your true sense of purpose as a leader. It will equip you to lead and influence people, drive continuous innovation within your organisation, and respond to complex, challenging situations.

The programme is structured around three key areas - Frameworks, Leadership, and Value Creation - and there is a strong emphasis on experiential learning. Students will discuss real business problems facing organisations today, and be exposed to inspiring thought leadership that will stretch your current thinking to form a more global perspective.

In  Part 2 of the programme, participants will add value to their own organisation through a high-impact research project, take part in the MBA Case Competition, and travel overseas on the MBA Study Tour.

Photo above: Krispin Kannan, Business development manager at Veterinary Enterprises Group, Waikato MBA grad

Learn more about the MBA

Topics covered in the course:

  • Strategic management and marketing
  • Stakeholder-centric positioning
  • Financial analysis and performance
  • Understanding the global business environment
  • Managing global supply chains
  • Empowering people for productivity
  • Leadership for growth and development
  • Creating positive disruption
  • High-impact research project
  • Leading change and transformation
  • Engaging with international markets
  • Contemporary and future business issues

MBA degree planner

    Degree planner — Master of Business Administration (MBA) - 180 points

    Study part-time on alternate Saturdays 8.30am - 5.00pm, with face-to-face learning at the University of Waikato's campus in Hamilton.

    There are also online sessions every second Wednesday, 6.00pm - 9.00pm.

    • Frameworks
    • Leadership
    • Value Creation

    Each paper is worth 15 points, unless stated otherwise.

    This information is provisional and subject to change.

    Where our Waikato MBA graduates are now

    Maree Haddon

    CFO - The Wise Group

    Nadine Parata

    Supply Chain Manager - Fonterra

    Simon Henshaw

    General Manager - Food Lab Pacific

    Christine Hall

    CEO - Central Kids

    Book a chat with us

    Join one of our Virtual Info Sessions, or book a one-to-one session, to find out everything you need to know about the Waikato MBA programme and how it can fast-track your career.

    If you are unsure whether your work experience is suitable, please email us a copy of your CV so we can assess your eligibility.

    Contact details:

    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: +64 7 838 4833

    Pictured: Dr Nadia Trent, Director of the Waikato MBA programme

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