Master of Business Administration


Program Description

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 an 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 of 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 decide 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 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, but with scheduled interaction sessions and on-call support, you will be expected to work at the same level as any other postgraduate degree.

A flexible programme

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

Learn key skills and apply them 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.

Leading the way in New Zealand online

If you choose to study this MBA via distance, you’ll be part of a unique partnership with global online learning experts Wiley. Massey is the only partner with Wiley in New Zealand. For 200 years Wiley has been helping people like you develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

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 also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

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.


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.

Hamish Anderson

Hamish is a qualified chartered accountant formerly with Price, Waterhouse and Coopers (PWC), and is a current board member for the Institute of Management NZ (IMNZ).

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • CUAP approval
  • 1 year of full-time study or up to 5 years of part-time study
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

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. Suitable for domestic students.

Full-Time MBA

For students with 3+ years of 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 of 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.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The Massey Business School is one of New Zealand’s leading and largest business schools and is ranked in the top 2% globally. We offer world-leading, relevant, flexible, research-led tertiary educatio ... Read More

The Massey Business School is one of New Zealand’s leading and largest business schools and is ranked in the top 2% globally. We offer world-leading, relevant, flexible, research-led tertiary education, that prepares students for the first job - and beyond. As a business you can access our relevant and topical research and services to help your organisation grow. Read less
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