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Master of Business and Management

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Transform your career and prepare to become a business leader in only 12 months with the globally respected Waikato MBM degree.

This one-year master's degree (180 points) provides a transformative business education that will take your career to new heights.

The Waikato MBM will give you an in-depth understanding of the fast-paced global business environment. It will also prepare you to take on a wide range of management and leadership roles in any industry.

This taught master's programme is designed for graduates of any bachelor's degree – from arts and engineering to teaching and social sciences – who wish to expand their career prospects and increase their earning potential. Previous business experience is not required.

Over 12 months (or longer if you study part-time), you'll hone your skills in all aspects of business and management: planning for strategic growth, marketing, digital business, economics, financial analysis, managing people in organisations, global business, supply chain management, design thinking and innovation, and sustainable and responsible management.

You'll also develop strong communication and problem-solving skills; undertake applied business research and analyse data, learn how to question ideas and findings; and build the confidence to lead teams and manage organisational change.

Intake start dates

You can start the Waikato MBM in either February, July or November.

Ranked in top 1% of business schools globally

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, which is ranked #1 in New Zealand for Business & Economics in the Times Higher Education Rankings 2023.

Waikato Management School is in the top 1% of business schools globally, thanks to its prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB, which the school has held continuously since 2005.

Please note:

The Waikato MBM qualification does NOT provide the depth of specialised study that is required for doctoral research in management. Additional research methodology and postgraduate papers would be required for MBM graduates intending to proceed to advanced research or doctoral study.

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Key information

Duration: 12 months (full-time) or longer (part-time)
Points: 180
MBM Study Locations:Hamilton, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: February (A Trimester); July (B Trimester); November (C Trimester)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): 2023 fees: $12,516 per programme (180 points)
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Estimated Fees* (International): 2023 fees: $51,130 per programme (180 points)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Master of Business and Management (MBM)

Students can start in February (A), July (B) or November (C) and study full-time over 12 months. They also have the option to study part-time over a longer time period of time.

If you wish to study the MBM part-time, please email [email protected] for programme planning advice.

Important information:

  • Not all papers are offered in every trimester (A, B and C), so this needs to be taken into consideration if you wish to study the MBM part-time.
  • The eight papers that you need to complete for Parts 1 and 2 of the programme - 'Leadership and Fundamentals' and 'The Manager's Toolbox' - are offered in alternating trimesters, and the order of papers can vary depending on your start date.
  • You MUST complete all eight papers in Parts 1 and 2 before you can start papers in Part 3 - 'Creating Value for Business'.
  • Leadership
  • Manager`s Toolbox
  • Creating Value

All papers in the MBM programme are compulsory.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Guillermo William Revelo Studying at Waikato not only gave me academic knowledge, but it also helped me discover my potential as a leader and my passion for community work.

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Scholarships and prizes

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Throughout the MBM degree, you'll become aware of your own abilities as a future business leader. Your learning experience is designed to be practical, relevant, challenging and inspiring.

There are a total 11 papers in the programme, and you will have about 28-30 hours of classes and learning per week.

Learning is through a mix of classroom lectures, real-world case studies, group assignments, video, social media, creative problem solving and reflective learning.

For one of your assignments, students work in small teams to undertake a virtual consultancy project for a local business. These projects are managed by Waikato Management School with input from the host organisations.

Students will also develop applied business research skills by working individually on a case study, and then writing a business research report.

For the Integrative Learning Project, you will work in small teams to develop a business plan for your own entrepreneurial start-up business, and then pitch your ideas to a group of senior business leaders in a 'Dragons' Den'-style situation.

We can also provide students and recent graduates with career tools and support to help you on your job-hunting journey.

The student experience at Waikato

Waikato Management School has a vibrant student culture and provides a supportive learning environment. Here are some comments made by our graduates:

  • "Wonderful…you’ll be surprised at the amount of practical learning you get.”
  • "It's a great place to study ... You will love the nature and the people here."
  • "The knowledge and tools that you gain are something you will not regret."
  • “Waikato University’s business school is fantastic with the support from staff and students”.

We encourage applications from graduates holding a bachelor's degree in any subject area.

You can apply for the MBM if you have:
  • A bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) in any subject discipline, from an approved university
  • Achieved at least a B-minus grade average or above in the final year of your degree.

If you don't meet the criteria above, you may still be considered for admission to the Master of Business and Management based on academic merit or relevant work experience. Please email the Management Student Centre at [email protected] and ask to discuss your study options as all applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Admission to this programme may be subject to the completion of any qualifying papers, or additional work may be required.

International students

International students must have an equivalent qualification from a recognised university, and meet the English language requirements for postgraduate programmes.

International students can email their queries to [email protected]

Make an enquiry online

To enrol in the Waikato MBM programme, you need to submit an online application through the University of Waikato.

Recommended documentation

We encourage you to include an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) or resume as part of your application, along with a *verified copy* of your academic records; and a *verified copy* of your birth certificate (or passport or marriage certificate if you have changed your name).

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Graduate success stories and videos

Read success stories about some of our past Waikato MBM graduates, from countries as diverse as India and China.

You can also watch videos of Waikato MBM graduates talking about their experiences.

MBM graduates are globally competent leaders who are able to work anywhere in the world. They are able to research and analyse issues, question ideas and findings, and reflect on learning achieved.

They have developed good communication and collaborative skills and an ability to lead teams. They are able to observe, diagnose, think critically and apply different approaches to business and management problems.

They have a comprehensive understanding of the business environment and an understanding of the importance of, and the role of business leaders in achieving sustainable success.


Post-Study Work Visa for international students

After graduating from the MBM programme, international students may be eligible to apply for a Post-Study Work Visa to remain in New Zealand for a period of time. Please refer to the Immigration New Zealand website for more details.


Students based in New Zealand

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisors to help you plan your degree!

If you are interested in learning more about the Waikato MBM, please contact us to register for a 1-to-1 meeting with a staff member.

Appointments will last 30 minutes. Our team will get in touch with you via email or phone to confirm the appointment.

MBM enquiries:

Email: [email protected]

General student enquiries:

Management Student Centre (MSC)
Phone: (07) 838 4303
Email: [email protected]

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Phone: +64 7 838 4610
Email: [email protected]

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