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Master of Business Administration (Without Specialisation)

Overview

The Massey University Master of Business Administration (MBA) gives you the flexibility to design your studies to perfectly fit your interests.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Campus

  • Auckland
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Duration

  • 1 year(s) full-time (12 months). Available part-time.
  • International

  • Open to international students on campus in New Zealand, or studying on-line out

Two study modes available for you

You can gain an MBA by studying either full-time for one year in Auckland, or you study part-time by distance (online) over a longer period of up to 5 years (most students will complete in about 2 years), giving you the flexibility to conveniently plan your study around your personal and professional needs. 

Completing your MBA within 1 year allows you to develop your career quickly, by using your fresh learnings and MBA experiences to position yourself for new and exciting opportunities.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet. 

To enter the Master of Business Administration you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a relevant bachelor’s degree, having achieved at least a B- grade average in the highest level courses, or equivalent
  • have completed at least three years of relevant postgraduate practical work experience
  • been selected into the programme on the basis of selection process which may include a written application, references and practical exercises.

Application closing date

There are three intakes.

  • First intake: Applications for the first intake close on 21 February 2022 for domestic students and on 31 January 2022 for international students.
  • Second intake: Applications for the second intake close on 20 June 2022 for domestic students and on 30 May 2022 for international students.
  • Third intake: Applications for the third intake close on 17 October 2022 for domestic students and on 26 September 2022 for international students.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Other requirements

Documents you need to provide

You need to supply with your application the following documentation:

  • verified transcripts of all previous university and/or professional qualifications
  • a full CV showing at least seven years work experience including at least three years of management level experience
  • an application statement covering supplied questions (video, audio or in writing)
  • a passport-sized photo for identification purposes.

Interview

You will be required to attend a selection interview (applicants who successfully make it through to the interview stage of selection will be contacted directly with information about their individual interview details).

Work experience

The work experience requirement ensures that you are able to contribute significantly to group discussions and debates from a position of experience and knowledge. Consequently, if you do not have such experience you are unlikely to be considered for entry.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

Courses and planning

Credit summary

180 credits

Completing without a specialisaiton

  • Part One core courses – 90 credits
  • Part One electives from the Part One Schedule – 30 credits
  • Part Two core courses – 30 credits
  • Part Two project – 30 credits

Completing with a specialisaiton

  • Part One core courses – 90 credits
  • Part One courses from specialisation list – 30 credits
  • Part Two core courses – 30 credits
  • Part Two project from a subject Schedule – 30 credits

Requires:

  • Completion of Part One and Two
  • Compulsory courses
  • An Action Learning project
  • Attendance at contact courses, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials as required.

A specialisation (subject) is optional and requires 60 credits. Includes an Action Learning project (30 credits) in the subject.

There are regulations around completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two.

Courses for this specialisation

Part One (120 credits)

Core Courses

90 credits
115764 Leadership and Teamwork 15
115765 Managing People and Organisations 15
115766 Managing Financial Resources 15
115768 Marketing Analysis and Strategy 15
115769 Business Economics 15
115774 Operations and Supply Chain Management 15

Elective courses

30 credits
115784 Balancing Innovation and Risk Management 15
115791 Digital Transformation 15
115792 Business Sustainability 15
115793 Global Business 15
115796 Designing Globally Competitive Products and Services 15
115799 Digital Design and Disruption 15

Part Two

30 credits from

115810 Strategic Business in the Global Market 30
115811 Strategic Complexities in International Business 30

30 credits from

115812 Action Learning Project 30

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 180 credits over a period of 12 months or 60 credits in each of semester one and two and 60 credits in summer school.

This is a parts-based qualification. For progression to Part Two you must have achieved a B- grade average across the courses completed in Part One.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, or Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.


Master of Business Administration tuition fees

The domestic tuition fee for the Master of Business Administration for 2022 is NZ$3570 per 15-credit course; approximately $44,000 for the programme.

The onshore full-time international tuition fee for 2022 is NZ$4380 per 15-credit course; approximately NZ$53,000 for the programme.

The offshore online international tuition fee for 2022 is NZ$3807 per 15-credit course; approximately NZ$47,000 for the programme (depending on local taxes).

Note that the total fees for the programme are indicatively only, as course fees can increase each year.

Key information for students

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Regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships