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Master of Management

Come along to our Find Your Future at Waikato information event to get advice on your options for studying at the University of Waikato in 2020. Hosted in Hamilton on Wednesday, 22 January and Tauranga on Wednesday, 29 January from 4 - 8pm.

Get your professional management career off to a flying start with this one-year master's degree offering specialisations in either Marketing or Supply Chain Management.

If you want to kick-start a professional management career, our 12-month Master of Management degree provides an ideal springboard to achieve your goals.

Designed for people who already have a bachelor’s degree in any field of study, the Master of Management is a taught professional qualification (180 points at 500 Level) offering specialisations in two fields.

Specialisations:

  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

This one-year course is ideal for recent university graduates, or anyone in the early to mid stages of their career who wants to become either a marketing manager or a supply chain/logistics manager.

It will develop your ability to succeed in complex, competitive and culturally diverse business situations, both in New Zealand and other countries.

The Master of Management starts in November and is usually completed with full-time study over three trimesters (12 calendar months); or you may prefer to study part-time over a longer period.

The course is taught face-to-face at the University of Waikato's main campus in Hamilton through a combination of lectures, group work, case studies, tutorials and discussions.

Part One of the course is also available online, giving you the flexibility to study from anywhere in New Zealand.

Masters graduates are highly sought after by employers, offering you a significant advantage in terms of job prospects, salary potential and rapid career advancement.

Course content

Part One is comprised of four core management papers that  provide a broader global business context for your learning, so you can confidently handle a wide range of management issues.

For example, you will learn about leading teams of people and managing change; seizing new market opportunities; responding to competitive threats; the impact of global market forces on our economy; and using key financial data to make business decisions.

Students will also gain an understanding of how to create and run businesses that are both profitable and sustainable; good for social and environmental wellbeing, as well as the bottom line.

In Part Two, you will choose four papers focused on building knowledge in your specialist subject; either Marketing or Supply Chain Management, with the introduction of more advanced ideas.

  • Marketing graduates will be strategically minded, creative and analytical, with strong written and visual communication skills, and the ability to apply their marketing expertise in the digital era.
  • Supply Chain Management graduates will be adept at solving complex business problems, with the skills and techniques to design, develop and manage domestic or global supply chains.

Part Three provides opportunities to apply your skills through a capstone paper and an applied project, designed to pull all your learning together. This may involve a work placement at a private company or not-for-profit organisation.

You will also complete a cultural perspectives paper that examines workplace situations with diverse cultural values and practices, including case studies of Māori businesses.

No research dissertation is required, as the Master of Management is entirely focused on practical application of skills and knowledge.

International rankings

You will be learning from experienced lecturers at the University of Waikato’s Management School, which is among the top 1% of business schools globally with our Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.

The University of Waikato is highly regarded, with an international ranking of 266th= in the QS World University Rankings 2020, and a QS subject ranking of Top 300 for Business and Management Studies.

Why study at the University of Waikato in Hamilton?

The University of Waikato provides a supportive learning environment for our postgraduate students; one that challenges and inspires them to become innovative and capable business leaders of tomorrow.

Hamilton is a vibrant river city of around 170,000 people, located in the North Island’s ‘golden triangle’ of economic activity.

We are home to more than a quarter of New Zealand’s export-driven businesses, with a fast-growing IT and banking sector. The city also has a 480-hectare distribution and manufacturing hub under construction  near the university, which will provide importers and exporters with direct rail access to shipping services in Auckland and Tauranga.

All of this makes the University of Waikato in Hamilton an ideal place to study marketing and international supply chains.

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Key information

Entry Requirements:
  • A bachelor’s degree in any subject area, with at least a B-minus grade average across the 300-level papers; or by special admission.
Months: 12
Points: 180 points
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: November 2020
Fees (Domestic): Approx $12,000 (based on 2020 fees); subject to change
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Fees (International): Approx NZ$45,000 (based on 2020 fees); subject to change
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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*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 Management (MMgmt) - 180 points

Choose either Marketing or Supply Chain Management as your specialist subject in Part Two.

Part Two: Marketing stream (60 points)

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Marketing Management

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Strategic Marketing Analysis, Planning and Control

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Consumer Behaviour and Management

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Digital Marketing Strategy

Part Two: Supply Chain Management stream (60 points)

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Supply Chains - the Global Context

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Managing Transport, Storage and Procurement

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Managing Manufacturing and Service Operations

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Value-Added Supply Networks

Part Three: Applied Learning (60 points)

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Intercultural Perspectives on Organisations for Managers

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Contemporary and Future Issues in Context

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High Impact Applied Project

  • Part One
  • Part 2: Marketing
  • Part 2: Supply Chain
  • Part 3: Applied
  • (Additional)
This information is provisional and subject to change.

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  • A bachelor’s degree in any subject/field, with at least a B-minus grade average across the 300-level papers; or
  • You meet the criteria for entry based on your previous work experience or evidence of academic study. This is considered on a case-by-case basis

Please note this qualification is not suitable for those who have already majored in either Marketing or Supply Chain Management as part of their bachelor’s degree. If this applies to you, then we encourage you to look at the Master of Management Studies (MMS) instead.


  • The normal period for completing the Master of Management is one year.
  • Students must pass 180 points at 500 Level, including all of the required papers for both the degree and their specialist subject.
  • You must pass all of the papers in Parts 1 and 2 of the degree (120 points) to be eligible to continue with Part 3 of the degree.
  • You may not proceed with the degree if you fail more than 30 points in total. You may repeat papers or take alternative papers on one occasion only.
  • If you do not complete the full degree, you may instead be allowed to graduate with either a Postgraduate Certificate in Management (60 points) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (120 points).

Please be aware that graduates of the Master of Management are not eligible for admission to a PhD programme unless they choose to complete some additional research-focused papers at postgraduate level.

If you are interested in doing PhD study later on, then you may prefer to enrol for the Master of Management Studies instead.