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Master of Management

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Some specialisations can be completed in one year on the Manawatū campus
  • Eighteen months (1.5 years) full-time study; Up to a maximum of five years part-time study.
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.

Take the next step

The Master of Management is a professional qualification, designed to increase your business knowledge to help you move up the hierarchy of your career, or make a career change.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

QS Business and Management Studies

Management involves both being able to work independently and make management decisions, but also being able to work with and direct teams of people. Those people could be within your organisation, or external clients and stakeholders. The Master of Management study programme works with you to help develop these skills as well as specialist business capability in your endorsement of choice.

It is a relevant, contemporary qualification, with a unique core of courses that focus on the key business skills of communication, understanding current issues in business and on the fundamentals of the major you have chosen. This gives you a solid platform of knowledge to build on in your particular areas of interest.

Now available to complete in a shorter time (one year)

There is the ability in some specialisations (endorsements) to complete your study in just one calendar year instead of 18 months.  This is available if you study the Master of Management at the Manawatū campus and complete your final course (Part Two) over Summer School. See the planning tab for more information.

Internationally recognised

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools and is AACSB accredited.

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 300 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Learn from leading business experts

You will learn from our business experts - Massey University has the largest and one of the most highly respected management schools in New Zealand.

Specialisations to suit you

At Massey you can choose from a broad range of specialisations to suit your interest, including marketing, sustainability, communication, international business, organisational technology development and more.

Rigorous study

The Master of Management is a rigorous programme, where students are expected to achieve at a high level. This is reflected in the quality of our graduates, and contributes to the reputation of the qualification.  It is a professional qualification.

Note, if you wish to progress to a PhD upon completion, Massey’s Master of Business is a research-based degree that is a better pathway to a doctorate.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload of the Master of Management replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree (not necessarily in business), and would like to study business areas in more depth
  • Would like to learn the skills that will help progress your career into management or a higher level of management
  • Would like to gain a qualification to help you make a career change
  • Are interested in a professional degree that is primarily a taught programme but with a significant practice component
Dale Nirvani Pfeifer
Dale Nirvani Pfeifer
Master of Management (Communication Management)
Graduated in 2006
Founder/CEO of GoodWorld

“Studying at Massey University has played a huge role in helping me to get to where I am today…”

It helped me learn more about how to lead, put my research into practice in my own life, and taught me a great deal about different types of leadership and leaders.

Massey University was the only university that offered a course of study that integrated the two topics that I was interested in (business and psychology), so I knew that it would be a perfect fit!

I studied business psychology as an undergraduate - I had always been interested in psychology, and my father wanted to make sure I studied something with a practical application, so this was the best of both worlds!

By the time I began my Masters in Communication Management, I was obsessed with the study of leadership and its applications for a variety of sectors and cultures. I felt that this department was a place where I could make a meaningful study of leadership and explore its many facets and applications.

Researching leadership within Māori culture has helped me to understand a powerful model of leadership. The Māori word for leadership is Rangatira, which means “to weave the people together.” It has also taught me how to be sensitive to a diverse set of practices.

Highlights of my career so far are being invited to speak and share my research at a conference at Harvard University and getting approval to speak at Academy of Management - they have somewhere around a 93% rejection rate, so I was honoured to be accepted!

Of course, launching GoodWorld has also been a career highlight. GoodWorld is a social payments company that is fuelling Social Giving, the next wave of seamless, viral charitable payments made with just a hashtag: #donate.

The company started with just myself and a laptop, so it’s incredible to see how we’ve grown. I now have a team of 14 people and over 1600 non-profits signed up for the platform.

In 2016 we were honoured in Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue alongside the likes of Facebook and TOMS, won a TIMMY award for being Washington DC’s best start-up and were featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Forbes Magazine.


If you would like to progress into a management role, or are interested in progressing into a higher level of management, the Master of Management can facilitate this progression.

Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings
  • Young masters graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

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