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Master of Business and Management

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

This one-year masters 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 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, 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; 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.

Intake start dates

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

Practical business learning

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 per week.

For the Action Learning Project, you'll 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 corporate executives in a 'Dragons' Den'-style 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.

For more details about the Waikato MBM, please visit our programme website.

Post-study work visa

After graduating, you may be eligible to apply for a Post-Study Work Visa to remain in New Zealand for up to 3 years while you look for a job and establish your career.

Triple Crown business school ranked in top 1% globally

Waikato offers the only MBM programme in New Zealand - and one of only 47 worldwide - that is accredited by AMBA; the London-based Association of MBAs. This is awarded to only the best postgraduate business programmes internationally.

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, which has held Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB since 2005. This is a global benchmark of excellence in business education, placing Waikato in the top 1% of business schools globally.

We are also ranked in the world’s top 250-300 universities for Business and Management Studies in the QS World University Rankings 2019.

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Key information

Months: 12
Points: 180
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: 26 February 2020 (M cohort); 8 July 2020 (J cohort); 11 November 2020 (N cohort)
Fees (Domestic): $15,230 (2020 fees) approx per 180-point programme
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Fees (International): $45,900 (2020 fees) approx per 180-point 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.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Master of Business and Management (MBM)

  • Part 1 - compulsory
  • Part 2 - compulsory
  • Part 3 - compulsory
This information is provisional and subject to change.

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 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

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

Required documentation

You'll need to provide the following documents as part of your application process:

  • A *verified copy* of your academic records
  • A *verified copy* of your birth certificate; (or your passport and marriage certificate if you have changed your name)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency if you have not studied in New Zealand before
  • A photo of yourself (head and shoulders) saved as a jpeg image
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.

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

University of Waikato International Excellence Scholarship  Open

We are now accepting applications for 2020. For talented international students who demonstrate excellent academic achievement and the potential to become global ambassadors for the University of Waikato. Applicants must be intending to enrol at UoW for the first time in either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree and must have received a conditional or unconditional Offer of Place from UoW.
Closing Date: Applications for 2020 can be submitted at any time

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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 to 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”.

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

Qualifications links

Papers in the MBM cover a wide range of business topics.

Part One - Laying the Foundations:

  • EXMBM511 People in Organisations
  • EXMBM512 Leadership and Change Management
  • EXMBM513 Sustainability and Responsible Management
  • EXMBM514 Economics and Global Context

Part Two - The Manager's Toolbox:

Part Three - Creating Value for Business:

  • EXMBM531 Applied Research and Consultancy Practices
  • EXMBM532 Managing Innovation and Value Creation
  • EXMBM533 Action Learning Project


International students - MBM enquiries

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

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New Zealand students - MBM enquiries

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

Waikato MBM Facebook page

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 Waikato MBM Facebook page, where current and future MBM students can connect with each other! Please post a question, or send a private message, and you'll receive a response from a current MBM student within a few hours.

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

Phone: +64 7 8384610

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