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Master of Management (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

Take the next step

The Master of Management will increase your business knowledge to help move your career in a new direction. You don’t have to have a qualification in business to undertake this master’s.

Find out more about the Master of Management parent structure.

What is it like?

Massey University’s Master of Management will give you an international perspective on management and business, building on your communication skills to learn how to work with management at a senior level.

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.

Internationally recognised

Massey’s Master of Management is an internationally recognised qualification. You will learn from our business experts - Massey University is the largest and one of the most highly respected management and business schools in New Zealand.

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

Learn from leading business experts

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 in the world (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).

We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration, communication and finance programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

You will learn from well-respected academics and business experts, gaining an international perspective on the major that you choose.

Develop appropriate management work styles

Management involves both being able to work independently and making 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.

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.

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

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.


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
  • Are interested in a professional practice qualification that is primarily a taught programme
Jacquie Hamer
Master of Management (Management)
Graduated in 2015
Current position - Management consultant

“The Master of Management at Massey offered a good range of courses and is very well set up for people who are working and who would like to study…”

This flexibility was the main reason I chose Massey over other universities in New Zealand.

I was working while I studied, so I completed most courses by distance. I did do two on-campus courses in Wellington and also a block course in Albany. Plus I attended a project management course in Palmerston North, so I really had the full Massey experience!

It was a juggle, particularly as I also have four children, so finding time was hard and I often struggled to get into the study headspace. But overall it was a very positive experience and I enjoyed the mental stimulation and doing something that was just for me, outside work or home.

This qualification definitely has had an impact on my career. The things I learned make me look at my role quite differently. I frequently have things pop into my head referring back to my study and how it can improve the outcomes for my clients.

Management consultancy is a varied role and we have clients across all sectors - government, private and not-for-profit. A lot of what I do is around helping organisations identify and implement strategies to become more efficient and effective in what they do.

One of the most positive results for me has been confidence. I had been working for quite a long time, but for much of it I had learnt on the job. The master’s means I have now formalised a lot of this ad hoc learning and I better understand the business and organisational principles underlying so much of what we do. I can use that understanding to improve my work practices and it also helps me to see things differently and to come at things from different angles.

Definitely, the confidence I gained in my own abilities was a biggie!


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 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey Business School staff are internationally-renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with internationally-recognised specialists, for example:

Dr Margot Edwards

Dr Edwards' areas of expertise focuses on leadership. Her main research interests are as a member of the Creativity in Organisations Research Group and this has resulted in a number of publications with colleagues. She uses her strong interests in forum theatre and visual art to inform her research activities exploring aspects of leadership and creativity in organisations. Her work includes writing plays that are suitable for use as interventions for workplace issues.

She is a member of the Visual Arts Committee and runs the Achieving Career Excellence programme at Massey Auckland.

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