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Master of Business Administration


Develop important business skills through a qualification that is closely connected to business practice. Massey’s MBA offers unique features that help speed you along on your career path in New Zealand or globally.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Credits

  • 180
  • Duration

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

  • Three intakes per year (March, July, November). Selected entry programme.

A flexible MBA designed especially for you

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

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.

Real world application

The Massey MBA is designed to provide you with the skills to lead with integrity, making you more effective immediately in your career: You will develop long-range strategic thinking competence, learn how to solve challenging management problems and develop new technology and cultural abilities that leaders must have to succeed in their roles.

You will learn from superb teachers, many with decades of corporate work experience, and executives who join as guest speakers, so that you enjoy discussions of current-day management challenges and real-life business issues, from throughout New Zealand and worldwide. Your learning will also be informed by the most recent research and will be assessed through practical assignments that may be written, oral and/or via video. There are no examinations in the MBA program.

This MBA also offers the opportunity of a university-organised work experience placement within a New Zealand firm, or a consulting experience with a firm in New Zealand or worldwide.


We offer the choice of one specialisation in: Business Sustainability, Digital Transformation or Global Business. These give your MBA that extra competitive touch when you position yourself for new exciting job prospects. The specialisation available to you depends on whether you study online or on-campus. You can also choose not to have a specialisation.

World-Class Online Learning

Our MBA online study option is New Zealand's only MBA designed in partnership with the award-winning global Wiley Education Services. You will have access to world-class online technology and engaging learning methods 24/7. Our online learning platform supports online classes, virtual team meetings and discussion groups that allow you to network and learn directly with your peers and our faculty. 

Related programme: EMBA

If you have 7+ years full-time work experience (with three of those in management roles), and if you are looking for a part-time MBA in New Zealand while you work, consider our Executive MBA programme (not available for student visa applicants).

Careers and further study


Supporting your study and your career

No matter in which industry you have worked and which prior qualification you hold, the Massey Master of Business Administration can help you progress into leadership and management roles quickly, and in many sectors, whether in private business, government or non-profit entities.

As a practically trained, globally competent MBA graduate, you are considered a generalist manager and can position yourself for leadership roles across the board in New Zealand or overseas. The MBA is specifically designed for emerging managers and leaders who want to broaden their career opportunities by combining a specialist undergraduate degree with a broad and widely applicable MBA degree. With its strong practical focus, the Massey MBA builds on your practical work experience and adds new relevant learnings you can instantly apply at work. This will be a tremendous advantage when you apply for management and leadership positions. 

The Massey “Career Accelerator”, exclusively offered to MBA and EMBA students and alumni, will prepare you for identifying the best next career move, excelling in your job interviews - and then moving into exciting new roles. 

Massey Career Centre

Massey Career Centre is here to help you build the skills and knowledge you’ll need in your career. You can access our services online or in person, both while you study and after you graduate.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our high international rankings, accreditations, and global associations. We are rated “5 star plus” by the QS World University Rankings.

In the Massey MBA we keep classes to small sizes, and our lecturers and staff are very approachable and care about your career aspirations.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your MBA application and visa application can be processed in time.  The Massey MBA is the only MBA program in New Zealand with a Licensed Immigration Adviser on staff, so that you can get the most up-to-date information about your student visa and subsequent opportunities for work visa and residence.

Entry requirements

University admission

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

Programme admission


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 postgraduate fulltime work; and
  • Have been selected into the programme on the basis of selection process.

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.

Documents you need to provide

With your application, you need to supply the following documentation:

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

Application statement

Questions to address in your application statement (video or written):

  1. Compared with other choices you considered for your studies, what made you select Massey?
  2. Why have you chosen to do an MBA at this stage in your career?
  3. How will you draw on your unique skills and experiences to contribute to your cohort’s MBA experience? 
  4. There will be group work during your studies. Tell us about the ways you have managed to perform in groups previously. 
  5. The MBA will require substantial work in class and out of class. In the past, how have you managed your time to be effective? 
  6. What are your career plans following your MBA graduation and how will the MBA help you achieve them?

Work experience

The work experience requirement ensures that you are able to contribute effectively to group discussions and participate from a position of experience and knowledge. This means that when you have less than the required 3 years’ work experience, we are unlikely to consider you for this MBA.

English language requirements

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

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


  • 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 programme

Part One 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

Part Two Core course selection

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

Part One Elective courses for candidates completing without a subject

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 Compulsory course for candidates completing without a subject

30 credits
115812 Action Learning Project 30

Master of Business Administration subjects

Please refer to individual specialisation page for a list of courses for your specialisation.

Majors and minors

About specialisations

You may enrol in this qualification with or without a specialisation.

We recommend that you choose a specialisation after completing your first six compulsory core courses, to enable you to experience the different subjects and decide which interests you most.

To complete a specialisation in the Master of Business Administration you must pass 60 credits in the specified area which includes two specialisation courses plus the Action Learning Project in that specialisation area.

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you will take 180 credits over a period of 12 months or 60 credits per semester.

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. The MBA must be completed within 5 years subject to any visa restrictions.

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.

A good fit if you:

  • have three or more years full-time work experience of any kind, self-employment included, and would like to progress into leadership and management roles,
  • would like to study online at your own pace (MBA online), or
  • would like to complete an MBA full-time in just one year.

Meet our students

Meet our lecturers

Accreditations and rankings

Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Massey's MBA and Executive MBA programmes are accredited by the Association of MBAs.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.

CEO magazine

This international magazine for executives ranked Massey's MBA and EMBA in its top programmes for 2022.

QS Ranking - Accounting and Finance

Massey is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 200 universities for accounting and finance.

QS Ranking - Business and Management

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.

QS Ranking - Economics and Econometrics

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for economics and econometrics.

QS ranking communication and media

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for communication and media studies, by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

ShanghaiRanking – business and finance

Massey University is ranked #1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities globally for business administration and finance by ShanghaiRanking.

Key information for students

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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 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

Scholarships related to this programme

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