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Master of Management Studies

Set yourself up as a future business leader and rise to the top of your profession with specialist management expertise. Get the edge over other graduates with a Master of Management Studies from Waikato's Triple Crown Accredited business school.

If you're looking to accelerate your professional career by gaining expertise in an area of business you're passionate about, or want to prepare for a PhD or research career, this degree is designed for you.

The Master of Management Studies (MMS) degree will bring you closer to the frontiers of knowledge in your specialist field, and prepare you for leadership roles that require a high level of critical thinking and information analysis.

This degree normally includes both taught and research papers, but can also be taken as a full research degree.

Study part-time or full-time for 1-2 years (120 or 180 points), starting in either February (A Trimester) or July (B Trimester). Normally all papers are taken within a single specialist subject or interdisciplinary area.

Top 1% global ranking

Gain your world-class business education from Waikato Management School, which ranks in the top 1% of all business schools globally with our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.

We’re also ranked #1 for business and economics in New Zealand by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2023 - placing us in the top 125 universities globally for business and economics.

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Key information

Years: 1 to 1.5
Points: 120 or 180
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: February (A Trimester A) and July (B Trimester)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $8,579 - $12,869 per programme
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Estimated Fees* (International): $36,130 (120 pts)
$54,200 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).*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 Studies (MMS) - 180 points

60 points total (outside field of degree)

500 Level
Elective paper/s - subject to approval (30 or 45 pts max)

120 points (inside field of degree)

500 Level
Subject papers (up to 90 points)

500 Level - Research
Directed Study, Dissertation or Thesis (30, 60, 90, 120 pts)

  • Field of degree
  • Research Methodology
  • Elective papers
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — MMS - 120 points

30 points total - outside field of degree

500 Level
Elective paper (up to 15 points)

90 points total - inside field of degree

500 Level
Subject papers (up to 60 points)

500 Level - Research
Directed Study, Dissertation or Thesis (30, 60 or 90 points)

  • Field of degree
  • Research Methodology
  • Elective
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Career opportunities

  • Business analyst
  • Business manager/consultant/strategist
  • Commercial banking associate
  • Commercial director
  • Communications advisor
  • Environmental sustainability consultant
  • General manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Project manager
  • Researcher
  • Senior analyst - investment team
  • Senior credit risk manager
  • Senior financial analyst
  • Senior policy advisor
  • Service manager
  • Strategic programme manager
  • Supply chain strategy development

You can apply for the MMS if:


  • MMS 180 points: You have completed a bachelor's degree, or its equivalent; in a relevant subject area, OR;
  • MMS 120 points: You have completed an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma in a relevant subject area (at least 120 points), AND;


  • You have achieved at least a B grade average, and satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study, in the subject you intend to take for this qualification

International students

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, with no band below 6.0, or
  • an iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) score of at least 90, with a Writing score of at least 21, 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 56, with no less than 46 for each communicative skill.

Admission to the programme does not automatically imply admission to particular papers, so you may need to complete some prerequisite papers first. See the catalogue of papers.

For more information, please refer to the degree regulations.

Scholarships and prizes

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Graduate study options

Waikato Management School has a vibrant student culture that offers plenty of social and learning opportunities.
You can meet like-minded people 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.


Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 7 838 4303
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

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

Phone: +64 7 807 9275
Email: [email protected]

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