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Master of Digital Business

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 one-year 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.

Study in class or online

Students can attend classes at our campus in Hamilton, or choose to study online from anywhere in New Zealand - ideal for busy professionals who are working full-time and want to upgrade their skills.

You can start the Master of Digital Business in either late February (A Semester) or July (B Semester).

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 47th globally and 1st in New Zealand for Best Master's in E-Business and Digital Marketing (Eduniversal Best Masters Rankings 2018).

Waikato is also ranked in the world's top 200 universities for Business & Management Studies in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2018.

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Key information

Months: 12 (full-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: February (Semester A) and July (Semester B)
Fees (Domestic): $7,744 (120 pts) or $11,616 (180 pts) - 2019 fees
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Fees (International): $29,370 (120 pts); $44,055 (180 points)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Faculty:
*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.

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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 msc@waikato.ac.nz 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: karyn@waikato.ac.nz


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

Note: Students are expected to find their own host organisation several months in advance, we can offer assistance if needed.

Elective papers (500 level) in Digital Business

Note: Entry to each paper requires approval of the Qualification or Subject Convenor.


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

This is a fully prescribed programme of seven papers at 500-level (180 points). 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 programme

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 (500 level) in Digital Business - Online

Note: Entry to each paper requires approval of the Qualification or Subject Convenor.


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: msc@waikato.ac.nz

International students

Phone: +64 7 856 2889 (outside NZ)
Email: international@waikato.ac.nz

MDigiBus Qualification Convenor

Dr Karyn Rastrick - Lecturer in Digital Business
Email: karyn@waikato.ac.nz