Master of Business Administration

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A unique, personalised qualification

Massey University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) is unique in New Zealand – the only MBA with specialisations and that is available to study as a full-time or online option.

What is it like?

The Massey University Master of Business Administration (MBA) gives you the unique ability to choose when and where you study.

One-year full-time or distance options

We offer options to gain a MBA by studying full-time for a year, or studying completely by distance (online study) over a longer period. This means this degree can be completed by those working in regional New Zealand or living outside of New Zealand.

Take the next step of your career, sooner

The shorter time of the degree means that you will be able to go back to your career more quickly. This means you won’t be overlooked when there are opportunities to grow and you’ll move faster into a corporate career.

Specialisations that give you a point of difference

Another unique aspect to Massey University’s MBA is the ability to specialise. You can choose between Business Sustainability, Digital Transformation or International Marketing and graduate with these as your key focus. These specialisations focus on topics relevant to today’s business challenges. You will not only gain critical knowledge but it will give your qualification a clear differentiation from non-specialised MBAs.

We recommend that you choose a specialisation after you have started your study, to enable you to experience the different subjects and which interests you most.

You may also complete the qualification without a specialisation should you choose. 

Take less time off work

If you choose to study the MBA full-time, you will be able to complete the qualification in one year. This means you have a chance to get a major upgrade to your career with minimal absence from work.

Full support for your study

This programme is an intense interaction MBA with scheduled sessions, mentors and full-support. Regardless of whether you are studying on-campus or online, learning is active, not passive.

The online option gives you the flexibility to manage your workload (one course at a time), and you’ll have access to scheduled interaction sessions, connecting you with MBA staff and lecturers - and your classmates.

We’re experts in distance learning with decades of experience and specialist academic support services to help you succeed.

A uniquely flexible programme

An option for our online students is to choose some modules on-campus in Auckland. This is unique to the Massey MBA programme.

Learn key skills and apply to the real world

The Massey MBA focuses on giving you the skills to lead with integrity. You will develop your strategic thinking skills, problem analysis and solving, technology and cultural competencies.

Your learning will draw from the most recent research, but also from business practitioners who will be presenting, mentoring and creating real-world assignments. The full-time MBA offers a work experience opportunity in a New Zealand firm, or an overseas firm with a New Zealand presence.

Gain from our experience

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools and is AACSB accredited. We have the longest-running MBA programme in New Zealand.

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 250 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

You will learn from well-respected academics and business experts, gaining an international perspective.

Level up your study

Note that this MBA programme is at quite a different level to undergraduate study. Whichever MBA delivery you choose (online or full-time) it will involve full-immersion study and group learning both within the university and in the workplace.

Our suite of MBA programmes

Massey offers three different 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, located in Auckland and Palmerston North. Suitable for domestic students.

Full-Time MBA

For students with 3+ years full-time work experience. One year of face-to-face sessions which take place on a Tuesday-Thursday in Auckland. Suitable for international and domestic students.

Online MBA

For students with 3+ years full-time work experience. This is a fully-online programme, which involves intense small-group and one-on-one interaction with tutors, mentors and students. Suitable for international and domestic students.

Leading the way in New Zealand online

You’ll be exposed to leading-edge business thinking through NZ’s only MBA designed in partnership with the award-winning Wiley Education Services, delivering world-class online technology and learning methods.

The online programme has been designed to include compelling practice-based content, and to encourage peer engagement, and will enable you to attain a world-class MBA education - with flexibility. 

Broadcast-quality video and other media-enriched material will provide meaningful, thought-provoking insights and ‘tales from the front’ from businesses across New Zealand. Real-time elements such as online classes and team-meetings, along with forums and group-work, create a strong sense of community, camaraderie and cohort; to increase engagement, and allow students to network with and learn directly from their peers and faculty. Mobile-enabled technology enables students to learn any time, anywhere and on any device.

Career counselling, online learning support and resources providing tips, tools, and techniques for managing time, work-life balance, study, research and technology, means our students will be primed for successful learning as they return to study.

A good fit if you:

  • Have three or more years full-time work experience and would like to progress into leadership and management roles
  • Would like to study online at your own pace (Online MBA), or
  • Would like to complete an MBA with minimal career disruption

Careers

No matter which industry you are in, the Master of Business Administration can help you progress into leadership and management roles faster. As an adept, globally competent graduate you can join local as well as international firms, non-profit organisations, government entities and more. It will give you the edge when applying for management and leadership positions.

World leading lecturers and supervisors

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

Jens Mueller, MNZM


Jens sits on several corporate boards including the $1 billion PHARMAC Crown Entity in New Zealand, and is a global corporate consultant for governance and new venture creation.

Suze Wilson


Suze has held various corporate roles, including the role of Deputy Commissioner, People Capability at the State Services Commission, and General Manager of HR at New Zealand Post.

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