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Master of Digital Business

If you are an international student who is not currently in New Zealand, you can start this programme online in C Trimester 2021 (November) or A Trimester 2022 (March) until you are able to join us on campus in New Zealand. See how to apply. November 2021 is only offered on a part-time basis. Students are able to study the remainder of this programmes on a full-time basis from 2022.

Set yourself up for where the world of digital business is going with a specialised master’s degree in this cutting-edge field.

Waikato's Master of Digital Business is unique in New Zealand, as it focuses on using technology from a management perspective.

In a society that's obsessed with all things smart and mobile, organisations that fail to keep pace with the latest digital technologies will become increasingly irrelevant.

If you're keen to pursue a career as a tech-savvy manager, this highly practical masters degree will show you how to harness the power of digital technologies to revolutionise an organisation's business operations  - to boost profits, optimise performance, and engage in new ways with customers or suppliers.

Our students complete a professional industry internship where you'll work on real projects at an organisation of your choice for 8-13 weeks, either in New Zealand or overseas. The internship is designed to kick-start your career by giving you hands-on experience that is sought after by employers, and will help solidify your knowledge base.

You'll also complete an applied research project investigating a problem or opportunity related to digital business at a real organisation.

By the time you graduate, you'll be ready to lead digital transformation projects and strategies on behalf of organisations - as a manager or consultant.

In this degree, you'll explore exciting topics such as: cloud computing, big data, mobile computing, beacon technology, gamification, business intelligence, real-time analytics, global marketing and social media, IT consumerisation, location-based services, supply chain integration, automated logistics, e-government business services, search technology, and virtual team communication.

Note: Students are expected to find their own host organisation for the industry internship, however we can provide assistance if required. Your internship may be completed in New Zealand or another country.

Study in class or online, full-time or part-time

You can start the Master of Digital Business in either March (A Trimester) or July (B Trimester).

Students can choose to attend face-to-face classes with our experienced lectures at our Hamilton campus, or have the option to study 100% online from anywhere in New Zealand or another country. The online stream is ideal for busy professionals who are working full-time and want to upgrade their skills.

Please note that some of the papers in this course are delivered online (NET), even if you are enrolled in the Hamilton stream (HAM).

It's possible to complete this qualification in only 12 months with full-time study (three trimesters, including summer school). Otherwise you have the option to study part-time over a longer period, and take things at your own pace.

Waikato has an international reputation

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, a Triple Crown Accredited international business school recognised by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB since 2005. This is a global benchmark of excellence that puts us in the top 1% of the world's business schools.

Our Master of Digital Business is ranked 1st in New Zealand for Best Master's in E-Business and Digital Marketing (Eduniversal Best Masters Rankings 2019).

Waikato is also ranked in the world's top 300 universities for Business & Management Studies in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2019.

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Key information

Duration Of Study: 12 months (full-time) or 1.5-2 years (part-time)
Points: 120 or 180 (depending on previous qualification)
MDigiBus Study Locations:Hamilton, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $8,122 - $12,183 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Estimated Fees* (International):
2020$29,955 (120 points); $44,935 (180 points)
2021$30,855 (120 pts); $46,285 (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 Digital Business (180 points total)

  • Elective - Online
  • Compulsory
  • Elective - Hamilton
This information is provisional and subject to change.

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Career opportunities

  • Digital business manager
  • Business analyst
  • Project manager
  • Systems developer
  • Web systems manager
  • User experience manager
  • Digital marketing specialist
  • Product architect

We encourage applications from a wide range of graduates in all subject disciplines. Even if you don't meet the criteria below, please talk to us to discuss your options, as all applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

1) You are eligible to apply for the Master of Digital Business (180 points) if you have:

- completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant subject area, such as business/commerce/management, or information technology/computer science.

- achieved at least a B-minus grade average for your entry qualification.

2) You are eligible to apply for the Master of Digital Business (120 points) if you have:

- completed an honours degree or postgraduate diploma in a relevant subject area, such as business/commerce/management, or information technology/computer science.

- achieved at least a B-minus grade average for your entry qualification.

3) If you don't meet the criteria above, you may still be considered for admission to the Master of Digital Business based on academic merit or relevant work experience. 

Please email [email protected] and ask to discuss your study options with us. In some cases, you may be asked to complete some qualifying papers first.

For further information about the MDigiBus, please contact the Qualification Convenor, Dr Karyn Rastrick at: [email protected]


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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For the Master of Digital Business, you will normally complete a total of 180 points at 500-level, depending on your entry qualification. This includes four required papers, plus 2-3 elective papers.

Required papers - Hamilton and online

Elective papers - Hamilton and online

Choose at least 60 points from the following papers:

Notes:

  • Other 500-Level elective papers from another subject will be considered and approved on a case by case basis.
  • Please be aware that some papers may have prerequisites, which are papers that you must have completed first.
  • Entry to each 500-Level paper in your MDigiBus programme requires approval of the Qualification Convenor, Dr Karyn Rastrick.

You can choose to study the MDigiBus completely online from anywhere in New Zealand or another country.

All interactions with staff and students will take place online. Assessments will include written assignments, web video presentations, online discussion forums, wikis, info graphics, mind maps, and more.

Required papers - Online

For the Master of Digital Business, you will normally complete a total of 180 points at 500-level, depending on your entry qualification. This includes four required papers, plus 2-3 elective papers.

Elective papers - Online

Choose at least 60 points from the following papers:

Notes:

  • Other 500-Level online papers from another subject will be considered and approved on a case by case basis.
  • Please be aware that some papers may have prerequisites, which are papers that you must have completed first.
  • Entry to each 500-Level paper in your MDigiBus programme requires approval of the Qualification Convenor, Dr Karyn Rastrick.

International students must have an equivalent qualification from a recognised university, and meet the English language requirements:

  • an IELTS overall score of at least 6.5, with no band below 6.0, 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.

Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 7 838 4303 (within NZ)
Email: [email protected]

International students

Phone: +64 7 856 2889 (outside NZ)
Email: [email protected]

MDigiBus Qualification Convenor

Dr Karyn Rastrick - Lecturer in Digital Business
Email: [email protected]

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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