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Master of Management (Human Resource Management)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 1-year offering available on the Manawatū campus
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Become more than a practitioner

Gain the human resource management knowledge and strategic skills to help elevate your career and maximise the potential of people within your organisation.

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What is it like?

Massey University’s Master of Management (Human Resource Management) will give you an international perspective on human resource management. You will learn how to become a human resources expert that has an in-depth knowledge of the theory of HR and the strategic skills to apply that to different types of industries and organisations.

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

There is the ability in this specialisation (endorsement) 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.

Is this for you?

This degree is most useful if you come from a discipline outside of HRM and have found yourself working at a level where you need human resource management skills. Or if you have an undergraduate human resources qualification and want to gain more in-depth knowledge.

If you wish to progress to a PhD upon completion, you should enrol in a Master of Business.

Real-world learning

At Massey we recognise that the workplace does not always fit neatly with business theory. Every workplace is different, with many human and procedural variables.

That’s why the human resource management major in the Master of Management not only gives you a solid background in the most recent and relevant theory, but also has a strong practical industry-relevant component.

Although this is predominantly a taught programme, you will be expected to include industry case studies within your assignments, where you can apply your new-found knowledge to a real-life HRM issue.

A new way of thinking

A good human resource practitioner needs to not just a process administrator, but to be able to examine and assess the best way forward for each situation and individual. That’s why we don’t just teach you to be a practitioner, but to be a strategist.

This postgraduate programme will teach you how to take the best of the theory to solve issues in hugely varying workplace situations.

To be a really effective strategist you not only need great knowledge of human resources, but to understand other key business disciplines well.

Expertise in human resource management

You will be able to take advantage of Massey University staff expertise in the area of human resource management including human resource development, managing human resources, employment relations, employment law, equal employment opportunity, management development, contemporary issues and organisational behaviour.

A focus on HR

The importance Massey University places on human resources is reflected in our focus on research programmes, such as the Massey People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research (MPOWER) Group which drives collaboration between human resource professionals, academics and other stakeholders. Massey also has close connections with the main industry body in New Zealand - the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) and works within their competency framework

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top two per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited. You will learn from well-respected academics and business experts.

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

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 this programme demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise.

This masters requires you to have an undergraduate degree, but this does not have to be in a business subject.


A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree (not necessarily in business) and would like to study human resource management (HRM) in more depth
  • Would like to learn the skills that will help progress your career into management or a higher level of management
  • Are interested in a professional practice qualification that is primarily a taught programme
Lindsay Eastgate
Master of Management (HRM) First Class Honours
Graduated in 2015
PhD student

“I had a great experience at Massey. The class sizes were good and the professors were very helpful and personable – it was a very supportive environment…”

After working as an accountant for six years, I decided it was time to change careers. I thought that a Master of Management majoring in human resource management would be a nice complement to my previous experience.

Employees are often an organisation’s biggest cost. Therefore, I was interested in learning how to motivate them and utilise them in a way that creates a win-win for both the employer but also for the employee.

I was fortunate enough to have many job opportunities at Massey, which were all relevant to my study. My first opportunity was to be the postgraduate representative on the MPOWER (Massey People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research) advisory board. I also worked as a research assistant on the living wage project with professors Jane Parker, Jim Arrowsmith and Stuart Carr. In addition, I worked as the MPOWER coordinator which allowed me to work closely with the people currently working within the human resource industry as well as other external and internal stakeholders.

My favourite part of studying at Massey were the opportunities that I was given around my work, study and connections with the industry. I felt like I really gained an insight to possible career paths.

I am planning on continuing with my study and starting my PhD. After that, I would either like to work at a university or as a consultant.


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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