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Master of Business Administration

The Waikato MBA is a world-class, highly practical qualification. It is designed to equip managers and business owners with the dynamic capabilities and strategic insights needed to drive their organisation forward.

The Waikato Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a life-changing two-part programme; custom-made with input from New Zealand business leaders. It's designed to propel you into senior leadership roles such as general manager or chief executive officer.

You'll gain expertise in best business practices, and learn how to implement value creation strategies that can radically transform organisations and the people within them.

The Waikato MBA puts a strong focus on leadership development, as well as general management skills. One of the highlights is an international study tour, where you'll learn first-hand about doing business in other countries.

You'll be taught by top lecturers with international teaching experience. They are also sought-after business consultants and active researchers, with links to some of the world's leading companies.

Our students enjoy inspiring presentations from guest speakers in industry, and go on field trips to visit successful local businesses.

Flexible part-time study options

Enjoy the freedom to study part-time while you work, with classes offered in Hamilton, Tauranga, or the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development in Hopuhopu, Ngaruawahia.

Classes start in February, March or April, depending on which option you choose:

Part One of MBA:

  • Hamilton (one year, starting Feb): every Monday and Thursday 6pm - 9pm
  • Hamilton (one year, starting March): alternate weekends; Friday 2pm - 6pm and Saturday 8am - 4.30pm
  • Hamilton (two years, starting Feb): every Monday 6pm - 9pm
  • Tauranga (two years, starting Feb): alternate Saturdays, 8.30am - 5pm

Part Two of MBA:

  • Hamilton (starting April): Alternate Fridays 2pm - 6pm and alternate Saturdays 8am - 4.30pm (for one year)

Waikato-Tainui College - Parts One and Two of MBA:

  • Hopuhopu (Starting Feb/March 2018): Friday 8am - 4.30pm and Saturday 8am - 4.30pm (for two years).

Note: This programme is taught part-time, so is NOT open to international students unless they are permanent residents of New Zealand. However, you may be interested in applying for the Master of Business and Management degree instead. This is a one-year, full-time business masters open to graduates from any subject discipline.

Waikato has an international reputation

The Waikato MBA is internationally accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), confirming this is a world-class qualification that offers high-quality teaching and content.

You'll study at Waikato Management School, which has held Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA since 2005. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research, achieved by less than 1% of the world's business schools.

The Waikato MBA was awarded Tier One Status in the CEO Global MBA Rankings 2017.

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Key information

Years: 2.0
Points: 240
MBA Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: E Semester (Weekend stream)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International

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You can apply for Part One of the MBA if you have:

  • A bachelor's degree, and
  • At least three years' relevant management experience.

You can apply for Part Two of the MBA if you have:

  • Completed Part One of the MBA with a B grade average; or
  • Completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies with a B grade average
  • OR have completed a Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours with a B+ grade average.

You may be required to attend an interview before being admitted to this programme.

We will ask you to provide the following:

  • A CV that outlines your employment history including previous job titles, responsibilities and duration of contract. Please include name and contact details of your direct manager in your last two or three positions (where applicable). We may wish to contact them for verification.
  • Three written referees’ recommendations (employer and character).

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

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International study tour

One of the most popular highlights of the Waikato MBA is an international study tour, with 9-12 days of industry visits and cultural sight-seeing. This provides an opportunity  for you to learn first-hand about doing business in different cultures, and see how global theories work in practice.

Not only will you visit successful blue-chip international companies to see how they are run, but you'll also get to talk to their leaders.

You'll meet New Zealanders doing business offshore, representatives from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, attend networking events with MBA participants from the host country, and engage with senior economic commentators.

Finally, you'll attend a series of seminars focused on the economies of the countries you visit. Read more about the International Study Tour.

Qualifications links

Part One

Part One of the MBA focuses on all aspects of general management, giving you a holistic view of the organisation as a whole.

For the integrative case study, you'll work in teams to develop a strategy for a real organisation, and be given one-to-one feedback.

Topics covered include:

  • Managerial economics
  • Commercial law
  • Human resources
  • Financial analysis and accounting
  • Investment decision-making
  • Marketing
  • Developing strategy
  • Logistics and global business
  • Organisational behaviour and culture
  • Leading large teams of people
  • Dealing with conflict, negotiation, crisis management and change management.

Part Two

Part Two of the MBA lifts your gaze to higher goals and asks whether you belong at the boardroom table.

You will also take what you've learnt and apply it to the real world through a business research project focused on a topic relevant to you and your organisation.

Topics covered include:

  • Leadership and transformation of individuals and organisations
  • Strategic value creation
  • Corporate finance
  • Sustainability
  • Ethics and governance
  • Business research methods
  • International study experience

Part One papers

EXED501 High Performance Teams

EXED502 Practice of Strategy

EXED503 Managerial Economics and the Global Business Environment

EXED504 Organisational Behaviour

EXED505 Strategic Human resource Practice

EXED506 Commercial and Employment Law

EXED507 Logistics and Operational Management

EXED508 Marketing Practice

EXED509 Financial and Management Accounting

EXED510 Financial Markets and Investment Decision Making

EXED511 Integrative Case Study

Part Two papers

EXED516 Global Business

EXED512 Leadership and Transformation of Individuals and Organisations

EXED518 Strategic Value Creation

EXED 517 Strategic Corporate Finance

EXED515 Sustainability, Ethics and Governance

EXED514 Business Research Methods

EXED513 Major Research Project

Professional development is an important theme of the Waikato MBA. We give our students the opportunity to grow not only as managers but to develop as leaders too.

You'll be asked to nominate a mentor for the duration of the programme, who will act in a support role. He or she can be a senior manager in your own workplace, or in another organisation.

You'll gain a deeper understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader through a tailored programme of personal development. This will include evaluations related to emotional intelligence, personality type, team roles and 360-degree feedback.

Complementing this will be a one-on-one leadership clinic to discuss your individual development needs and prepare an action plan.


Waikato Management School Executive Education

Phone: +64 7 838 4833

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Waikato MBA 1-to-1 meetings

Dr Heather Connolly, Academic Director - Executive Education, will be holding one-to-one sessions in Tauranga and Hamilton for prospective participants.

If you are interested in learning more about the Waikato MBA and meeting with Heather to discuss the programmes benefits for your career trajectory, please register for a 1-to-1 meeting now.

Appointments will last 30 minutes. Our team will be in touch via email to schedule a suitable meeting time.

Register for a 1-to-1 meeting with Dr Heather Connolly