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Master of Business Administration

Masters Degree MBA
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Transform yourself into a dynamic leader with the Waikato MBA; a world-class business qualification that will help you discover your full potential and drive meaningful change within organisations.

180 points, 2 years part-time; every second Saturday. MBA students can choose to extend the study period over 3-4 years to provide a better work/life balance.

Hamilton, Tauranga

The next intake in Tauranga will be in March 2025.

The main intake is March, with options to start later in May or July

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Why study a MBA?

Waikato's Master of Business Administration (MBA) is for people who want to fast-track their career and move into senior leadership roles where they can make a significant positive impact for their organisation or business.

The Waikato MBA is a life-changing qualification that will help you develop the skills needed to grow into an outstanding business or community leader.

The course is taught part-time on alternate Saturdays (8.30am - 5.00pm) plus online sessions every second Wednesday (6pm - 9pm), so you can fit study in around your job and family life. Online sessions are also recorded in case you can't make it in person.

The two-year programme covers all aspects of general management with a focus on three key areas - Frameworks, Leadership, and Value Creation. Each paper imparts the knowledge and skills that today's leaders require as they face unprecedented changes in the workplace and the global economy, including rapid digital transformation and the rise of artificial intelligence.

The Waikato MBA will equip you with the expertise to lead and influence high-performing teams, identify strategic opportunities and threats, drive positive changes within your organisation, and confidently respond to any challenging situations that come your way.

The Waikato MBA is ideal for:

  • Middle managers seeking to advance into more senior leadership roles
  • Business owners looking to add best-practice knowledge to their practical expertise
  • Functional, technical or professional specialists moving into roles that require broader, more strategic management knowledge

180 points, 2 years part-time; every second Saturday. MBA students can choose to extend the study period over 3-4 years to provide a better work/life balance.

Hamilton, Tauranga

The next intake in Tauranga will be in March 2025.

The main intake is March, with options to start later in May or July

Degree information

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Why choose the Waikato MBA?

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Top 1% globally

Study with world-class lecturers from Waikato Management School, which is in the top 1% of business schools globally with our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation held since 2005.

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MBA Study Tour

A highlight of the Waikato MBA is the optional Study Tour, where you can travel to another country for one week and enjoy daily field trips to export-led businesses and meet local business leaders. Costs not included in tuition fees.

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Smaller cohort

Smaller cohort sizes means a higher level of interaction with your lecturers and classmates through practical and group assignments, and more personalised support when you need it.

Course content

The Waikato MBA puts a strong emphasis on experiential learning. The programme is designed to be highly practical and relevant, so you can add value to benefit your own business or organisation straight away.

During classes, students will discuss real business problems and be exposed to inspiring thought leadership that stretches your 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.

The professional and cultural diversity of MBA participants provides exceptional insights into different management practices and leadership behaviours, and helps to build lifelong professional networks.

See the full timetable for 2024 classes here.

Some topics covered in the course:

  • Leadership for growth and positive transformation
  • Understanding the global business environment
  • Strategic management and marketing
  • Financial analysis and performance
  • Managing global supply chains and international markets
  • Empowering people to enhance productivity
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Book a chat with us

Curious about what’s involved in studying for an MBA and how it can fit in around your job?

To book a chat with us in person, by Zoom, or phone call, please email us and we will get back to you soon with a proposed date and time.

Contact us

Waikato MBA team

Tamie Shewry

MBA Programme Director