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Master of Business and Management

Transform your career and prepare to become a business leader or entrepreneur in only 12 months with a Master of Business and Management.

Cassandra Suemai

This one-year masters degree provides a truly transformative business education that will take your career to new heights.

The Waikato MBM will give you a comprehensive understanding of the fast-paced global business environment, and prepare you to take on a wide range of management and leadership roles.

It's 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, you'll hone your skills in all aspects of business: planning for strategic growth, marketing, digital business, economics, financial analysis, human resources, global business, supply chain management, design thinking and innovation, and commercial law.

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

You can start the MBM programme in either March or November.

Practical business learning

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

Each of the 16 papers in the course is 2-3 weeks, with about 10 hours of classes per week.

For the Action Learning Project, you'll work in  small teams to develop a business plan for your own start-up business, and then pitch your ideas to a group of senior corporate executives in a 'Dragon's Den' situation.

You'll also complete a one-month internship at a local business - arranged by us - while completing a Business Research Project that delivers real value to you and the company.

Our students have completed their internships in a wide range of industries, including aviation, healthcare, IT, agriculture, banking, finance, education, government, and not-for-profit organisations.

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

After graduating, you may be eligible to apply for a Post-Study Work Visa to remain in New Zealand for up to 12 months while you look for a job.

Waikato has an international reputation

Waikato offers the only MBM programme in New Zealand - and one of only 47 worldwide - that is accredited by the London-based Association of MBAs (AMBA); an assurance of quality for employers and students alike. AMBA accreditation is awarded to only the best postgraduate business programmes internationally.

We are ranked in the world’s top 250 universities for Business and Management Studies, and in the top 150 for Accounting and Finance, in the QS World University Rankings 2017.

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

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Key information

Months: 12
Points: 180
Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: GM Semester (23rd March 2018) and G Semester (23rd November 2018)
Fees (Domestic): $13,934 (March and Nov 2018 intakes) per programme
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Fees (International): $37,440 (March and Nov 2018 intakes) per programme
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
*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.

Samuel Mackenzie My MBM study helped me every step of the way; I haven't looked back.

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You can apply for the MBM if you have:

  • A bachelor's degree in any subject discipline, or its equivalent, from an approved university
  • Achieved a B-minus grade average or above in the final year of your degree.

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

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

English language requirements:

  • an IELTS overall score of at least 6.5, including at least 6.0 in the Writing band, or
  • an iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) score of at least 90, with a Writing score of at least 22, or
  • a B grade or better at Level 8 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
  • an overall score of C (with at least a C in the Writing band) in the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes, or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of at least 65, with no less than 58 for each communicative skill.

All applicants are asked to complete an online Pre-MBM Toolkit assessment before classes start.

Application procedure

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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Graduate or postgraduate study lets you develop advanced knowledge in an area of management that you are passionate about, giving you an edge in the job market.

Choose from the following options:

Waikato Management School has a vibrant student culture and provides a supportive learning environment, with ready access to mentors who have graduated from the MBM.

Working with other students from diverse cultural backgrounds will help you establish a strong network of local and international business contacts.

Throughout the course, you’ll be invited to take part in many fun social and cultural activities to help you bond with your classmates – such as hiking up a mountain for the day! Here are some comments made by our students:

  • "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”.

You can also make new friends through student clubs, such as:

For expert advice on writing essays and reports, contact our team of specialist teachers in the WMS Language and Learning Development Unit, located in the Management Student Centre (MSB1.50).

Check out the Waikato Management School Facebook page for the latest news and events.

Qualifications links

EXPM501 Leadership, Power and Influence

EXPM502 Organisational Culture and Communication

EXPM503 Financial Analysis and Performance

EXPM504 Integrative Paper - Application and Reflection

EXPM505 Human Resource Management

EXPM506 Economics for Managers

EXPM507 Strategic Management

EXPM508 Sustainability Strategies for Organisations

EXPM509 Business Research Project

EXPM510 Marketing

EXPM511 Global Business

EXPM512 Commercial Law and Corporate Governance

EXPM513 Digital Business

EXPM514 Decisions and Supply Chain Management

EXPM515 Action Learning Project


New Zealand students - MBM enquiries

Management Student Centre
Phone: (07) 838 4303 or toll free 0800 654 303
Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday

International students - MBM enquiries

International Office at University of Waikato
Phone: +64 7 838 4610 (from outside New Zealand)

Make an enquiry online

Waikato MBM Facebook page - for international students

Would you like to talk to other international students already taking part in Waikato's MBM programme, and ask them questions?

Would you like to make contact with other new students travelling from India, China and other countries before you arrive in New Zealand?

Check out the University of Waikato MBM Facebook page, where international MBM students at Waikato can connect with each other!

Please post a question, or send a private message, and you'll receive a response from a current student within a few hours.