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MMS - Economics as a main subject

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.

Studying Economics will help you develop the analytical skills needed to be an effective problem solver of real-life issues. You'll learn how to apply your skills to issues ranging from employment and housing, to public health, transport and environmental pollution.

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Key information

Years: 1 to 1.5
Points: 120 or 180
Start Dates: February (A Trimester A) and July (B Trimester)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): 2023 fees: $8,345 (120 pts) - $12,518 (180 pts) per programme
Estimated Fees* (International): 2023 fees: $34,085 (120 points)
$51,130 (180 points) per programme
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.

Career opportunities

  • Business analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Policy analyst / adviser
  • Government economist (eg. Treasury)
  • Management consultant
  • Research economist
  • Economics teacher / lecturer
  • International trade advisor

Degree Planner

Degree planner — MMS in Economics - 180 points total

Your MMS must include at least 120 points inside the field of your specialist subject. You may take up to 60 points outside the field of the degree.

Outside field of degree (up to 60 points)

in any subject at 500 Level (up to 60 points)

Field of degree - Subject papers (up to 150 points)

Choose one of:
ECONS528 or ECONS529 (15 points)

500 Level
Choose up to 105 points in ECONS papers from the list below

  • Field of degree
  • Compulsory papers
  • Elective papers
  • Explanatory note

Please note: Admission to each paper requires the approval of the Subject Convenor. In some cases, you may be asked to complete some prerequisite papers.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Subject papers:

  • ECONS520 Microeconomic Analysis - Theory (15 points)
  • ECONS524 Topics in Economic Policy Analysis (15 points
  • ECONS528 Econometric Topics: Macroeconomics and Finance (15 points)
  • ECONS529 Microeconometrics (15 points)
  • ECONS533 Topics in Trade and Development (15 points)
  • ECONS543 Applied Econometrics (15 points)
  • ECONS552 Global Trade Modelling (15 points)

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Econ), PGDip(Econ), BBus(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MMS and MSocSc

The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the BBus(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), PGCert(Econ), PGDip(Econ), MMS and MSocSc.

There are no specified subject papers for the BBus(Hons) or PGCert(Econ).

PGDip(Econ) students must complete at least one of ECONS501, ECONS508, ECONS528, ECONS529 or ECONS543.

MMS students must complete: MNMGT582 and either ECONS528 or ECONS529; and one of ECONS590, ECONS591, ECONS592, ECONS593 or ECONS594; and at least one paper from ECONS501 or ECONS508. Students taking the 120 point MMS are required to complete at least 60 points from the papers listed for the subject. Students taking the 180 point MMS are required to complete at least 120 points from the papers listed for the subject.

To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Economics, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally ECONS591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Economics.

To complete an MSocSc in Economics, students must take a 120 point thesis; or a 90 point thesis and 30 points from approved 500 level papers; or a 60 point dissertation and 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ECONS501Macroeconomic Analysis15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper covers selected aspects of macroeconomic theory, policy and evidence. Most of the topics are centred directly or indirectly on a stylised production function. They include economic growth, business cycles, employment, inflation, price-setting behaviour, macroeconomic policy and the development of macroeconomic analysis.
ECONS506Economics for Business15.023A (Hamilton) & 23G (Hamilton)
An analysis of the economics of business including producers, consumers, markets and the role of the State. This paper is designed for MPAcct and MAppFin students who may not have studied economics at undergraduate level.
ECONS507Quantitative Skills for Finance and Economics15.023A (Hamilton) & 23G (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with a thorough grounding in the applied quantitative techniques required for professional practice in business, finance and economics. The main emphasis is on recognising which techniques are appropriate for particular types of problems, using the techniques and interpreting the results.
ECONS520Microeconomic Analysis - Theory15.023B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the application of microeconomic analysis. It includes consumer theory, risk and information economics, the economics of production and costs, the theory of the firm and of markets, and general equilibrium theory.
ECONS524Topics in Economic Policy Analysis15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on selected topics in the economics of policy analysis.
ECONS528Econometric Topics: Macroeconomics and Finance15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with theoretical and practical skills in econometrics that should enable them to carry out a wide range of applied analyses involving macroeconomics and finance. The prime focus of this paper is on the application of time-series econometrics. The topics covered include econometric estimation and testing...
ECONS529Microeconometrics15.023B (Hamilton)
This paper develops skills in cross-sectional and panel data pertaining to individuals, households and firms including research design and evaluation of causal effects (using randomised control trials and natural experiment, propensity score matching and regression adjustment, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, synth...
ECONS533Topics in Trade and Development15.023B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on selected topics in trade and development. These will include aspects of trade policy and evidence in the world economy and current issues in development microeconomics.
ECONS543Applied Econometrics15.023B (Hamilton)
A postgraduate paper in econometrics for students who have not included an advanced paper in econometrics in their undergraduate degree.
ECONS552Global Trade Modelling15.023B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces and applies general equilibrium modelling, particularly to international trade issues. Students will have the opportunity to use real-world data and a sophisticated global model in their assignments.
ECONS590Directed Study30.023X (Hamilton)
Selected topics may be available. Please discuss these with the Graduate Convenor.
ECONS591Economics Dissertation30.023X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ECONS592Economics Dissertation60.023X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ECONS593Economics Thesis90.023X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ECONS594Economics Thesis120.023X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MNMGT582Research Methods in Management Studies for Economics and Finance15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to research paradigms commonly used in research in economics and finance. It develops skills in the critical evaluation of research literature, the identification of research problems, and the preparation of research proposals. Students completing the paper will develop a proposal for research in the...

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