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Executive Master of Business Administration

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available Auckland city
  • Two calendar years plus six months (30 months)
  • Not available for international students

Develop relevant strategic leadership ability

The Massey University Executive MBA is a rigorous, challenging professional development qualification taught in an experiential, face-to-face environment. Develop the self-awareness and business competencies that create top-level strategic leadership capability.

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What is it like?

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

A rigorous, world-class programme. When you join Massey University’s Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) programme, you will become part of an internationally-accredited business school and a demanding, comprehensive programme at a world-class level.

An EMBA that works for you

As a busy executive, we know you have limited time. We have convenient weekend teaching so you can structure learning around your life, both professional and personal.

Small classes - with EMBA students only

The classes are specifically and solely for EMBA students, meaning learning is focused and relevant. This allows you to develop networks with relevant peers in your small group, who have common learning and career objectives. You will practice complex decision making, leveraging the diverse perspectives of your classmates. The Massey MBA programme is the longest continuously-running MBA programme in New Zealand (running since 1972) and has accumulated an extensive and illustrious network.

Progress your career

Our challenging and rigorous courses will help develop your critical and reflective skills, and enhance your business performance. You will emerge with a new confidence in your business practice and leadership skills and the ability to advance your career. You will grow in self-awareness and breadth of perspective. The one-to-one coaching in Part II will help you fine-tune the way you present your leadership value to business when you have completed your EMBA.

Broad-based learning

The Massey EMBA will provide you with a broad foundation in applying the various business functions to develop robust business strategies. It also focuses on the integration of business functions at a strategic level, with themes that run throughout all courses. These include digital transformation, sustainability, working across cultures and ethics. A personalised learning journey and courses in leadership, with one-to-one coaching, help you relate your leadership development insights to your own context and objectives.

Our expertise - becomes your expertise

You will be taught by selected academics, who are chosen for their ability to span the academic-practitioner divide. The latest research and business theory is shared with you through the international and New Zealand senior management experience of our lecturers. The Massey EMBA is a demanding programme where you will gain relevant in-depth knowledge of business administration today. Our connection to practice enables us to work with guest speakers from the business world in all courses on the programme. There are also opportunities to develop consultancy skills with business clients, leading to an applied business consultancy project.

Become a leader

A key part of the EMBA is developing a deeper understanding of strategic leadership and its function in business. In parallel with the academic programme, every part of your study will help you develop the skills and understanding necessary for enhancing business performance through effective management and leadership of people - the only real sustainable source of competitive advantage.

Immediately applicable

You will develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies required to have an immediate impact on your personal performance in the workplace, while you are studying.

Unique study tour

An international study tour is a unique highlight of the Massey EMBA. It is an opportunity for you to live and study together with your group, in an environment where you are away from the routines and pressures of work and home. The group visits large and small companies, focusing on learning from their strategic management and how companies overcame their challenges, both locally and globally.

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools and is AACSB accredited. The Massey EMBA is also accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 300 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). 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.

Our lecturers are actively researching, bringing the most relevant developments in business theory and practice to your study.

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Our suite of MBA programmes

Massey offers three different study options for those who wish to study towards an MBA.

Executive MBA

For students with significant work and management experience (7+ years full-time, with three of those in management). It is for those currently working full-time and involves regular weekend sessions. Teaching is face-to-face. Suitable for domestic students.


For students with 3+ years full-time work experience. Suitable for international and domestic students. There are two options for how you study:

  • Full-time mode:. One year of face-to-face sessions which take place on a Tuesday-Thursday in Auckland.
  • Online mode: The MBA is available to study as a fully-online programme. This involves intense small-group and one-on-one interaction with tutors, mentors and students.

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AMBA Accredited    EMBA CEO magazine ranking

A good fit if you:

  • If you have significant work/management experience
  • Wish to develop strategic business competencies that you can apply immediately in senior leadership roles
  • Are looking for a programme with a flexible learning structure and face-to-face delivery, no evening classes, weekend-based
  • Are at a stage of transition in your career
Tia Ashby
National Operations Manager at Navilluso Medical Limited

“There is a famous quote by Albert Einstein that resonates well with my experience and MBA journey – “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it…”

My experience to date has helped me to think differently and has made me aware of the many unknown factors that can impact my business decisions. The study tour was an absolute highlight of my MBA journey to date. The networks & friendships that were made was a once in a life time opportunity. Not only did we learn about how organisations within Asia conduct business but we also had time to explore the countries that helped me to appreciate the cultural differences that I feel is valuable when conducting business.

Kevin Wang Gang
Founder and manager of Envision Capital

"During the Massey MBA we were taught knowledge, but more importantly we were taught how to apply that knowledge in a systematic and practical way. Learning to think critically meant I knew what to do when I was in new situations. I knew the right questions to ask, to help me decide which steps to take. The professors and lecturers were very good quality, and the class was very interactive. We were able to learn from our professors, from our own research and from each other. Working with the class taught me how to deal with people from different countries and cultures. That is very useful in business because it teaches you how to resolve disagreements and build relationships.”


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.

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