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Master of Business Administration

The Waikato MBA is a highly practical world-class management qualification. It is designed to equip emerging leaders and managers with the skills and capacity to be trailblazers that can manage ambiguity, complexity and the constant changing business environment.

The Waikato Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a life-changing two-part programme designed to propel graduates into senior leadership roles such as general manager or chief executive officer. We educate leaders to make responsible and sustainable decisions in our complex world.

Waikato Management School is committed to developing innovative and ethical business leaders who are equipped with honed generalist skills that are prepared for the changes in the regional, national and global business communities with the Waikato MBA.

A Waikato MBA prepares tomorrows leaders with the expertise to lead innovation through enabling individuals, organisations and ecosystems to succeed through the power of innovation. Distinctive research and teaching competencies are utilised in the programme to develop leaders with a passion for innovation and sustainable management – two strategic areas of expertise nurtured in the Waikato Management School.

Our executive participant absorb inspiring guest presentations from industry experts and MBA alumni alongside leading researchers and lecturers from the Waikato Management School. Waikato MBA faculty are top lecturers in their fields with international teaching experience. They are also sought-after business consultants and active researchers, with links to some of the world's leading companies.

Waikato has an international reputation

The Waikato MBA is internationally accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), confirming this is a world-class qualification that offers high-quality teaching and content.

You'll study at Waikato Management School, which has held Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA since 2005. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research, achieved by less than 1% of the world's business schools.

The Waikato MBA has been awarded Tier One Status in the CEO Global MBA Rankings 2018.

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Key information

Years: 2 - 5
Points: 240 (Typically 120 points each year)
MBA Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: February and March each year
Fees (Domestic): Part 1 - $17,008; Part 2 - $31,270 (inclusive of textbook and international study tour costs)
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Fees (International): $75,000 (Part 1 $27,065, Part 2 $47,935) An inaugural fees allowance award up to the value of $10,000 is available for each successful international enrolment in 2019. (Fees inclusive of textbook and international study tour costs)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Master of Business Administration (MBA) Overview

If not point value is listed, paper are worth 15 points

  • Innovation
  • Responsible Mngt
  • Leadership
  • Capstone Paper

You can apply for Part One of the MBA if you have:

  • A bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and
  • At least three years' relevant management experience.

You can apply for Part Two of the MBA if you have:

  • Completed Part One of the MBA with a B grade average; or
  • Completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies with a B grade average
  • OR have completed a Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours with a B+ grade average.

You may be required to attend an interview before being admitted to this programme.

We will ask you to provide the following:

  • A CV that outlines your employment history including previous job titles, responsibilities and duration of the contract. Please include name and contact details of your direct manager in your last two or three positions (where applicable). We may wish to contact them for verification.
  • Two written referees’ recommendations.

Celebrating 15 years of the MBA in the Bay

Part of 1 of the MBA has been delivered in the Bay of Plenty for 15 years in 2018.

New Tauranga CBD Campus in 2019

From 2019, Part 1 of the MBA will be delivered at our new University campus, located in the heart of Tauranga City. The new Waikato Enterprise Innovation Unit, dedicated to catalysing entrepreneurship, will collaborate closely with the Tauranga business community and Tauranga MBA cohort with cutting-edge research, regional business cases and industry expertise incorporated into programme content and delivery. The new campus and executive education facilities mark the start of an exciting chapter and we look forward to teaching and learning in our new campus.

Tauranga Stream Info

Classes are offered in Tauranga every second Saturday.
Start: Classes start between February and March each year
Delivery & Class Times: Fortnightly: Saturday 8:30am-5pm

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Find your scholarship

International study tour

One of the most popular highlights of the Waikato MBA is an international study tour, with 7-9 days of industry visits and international guest speakers This provides an opportunity  for you to learn first-hand about doing business in different cultures, and see how global theories work in practice.

Not only will you visit successful blue-chip international companies to see how they are run, but you'll also get to talk to their leaders.

You'll meet New Zealanders doing business offshore, representatives from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, attend networking events with MBA participants from the host country, and engage with senior economic commentators.

Finally, you'll attend a series of seminars focused on the economies of the countries you visit. Read more about the International Study Tour.

Qualifications links

Part One

Part One of the MBA focuses on all aspects of general management, giving you a holistic view of the organisation as a whole.

For the integrative case study, you'll work in teams to develop a strategy for a real organisation, and be given one-to-one feedback.

Topics covered include:

  • Managerial economics
  • Commercial law
  • Human resources
  • Financial analysis and accounting
  • Investment decision-making
  • Marketing
  • Developing strategy
  • Logistics and global business
  • Organisational behaviour and culture
  • Leading large teams of people
  • Dealing with conflict, negotiation, crisis management and change management.

Part Two

Part Two of the MBA lifts your gaze to higher goals and asks whether you belong at the boardroom table.

You will also take what you've learnt and apply it to the real world through a business research project focused on a topic relevant to you and your organisation.

Topics covered include:

  • Leadership and transformation of individuals and organisations
  • Strategic value creation
  • Corporate finance
  • Sustainability
  • Ethics and governance
  • Business research methods
  • International study experience

Part 1 - The Mindful Manager

  • EXMBA500 Leadership, Power and Influence
  • EXMBA501 Applied Strategy and Marketing
  • EXMBA502 Strategic Human Resource Practice
  • EXMBA503 Analytics & Digital Business
  • EXMBA504 Economics and Global Competitiveness
  • EXMBA505 Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • EXMBA506 Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • EXMBA507 Financial Strategy and Markets

Part 2

Professional development is an important theme of the Waikato MBA. We give our students the opportunity to grow not only as managers but to develop as leaders too.

You'll be asked to nominate a mentor for the duration of the programme, who will act in a support role. He or she can be a senior manager in your own workplace, or in another organisation.

You'll gain a deeper understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader through a tailored programme of personal development. This will include evaluations related to emotional intelligence, personality type, team roles and 360-degree feedback.

Complementing this will be a one-on-one leadership clinic to discuss your individual development needs and prepare an action plan.

Enjoy the freedom to study part-time while you work, with classes offered in Hamilton and Tauranga.

Classes start between February and March each year, depending on which option you choose:

Part 1:

  • Hamilton (one year, starting Feb): every Monday and Thursday 6pm - 9pm
  • Hamilton (one year, starting March): alternate weekends; Friday 2pm - 6pm and Saturday 8am - 4.30pm
  • Hamilton (two years, starting Feb): every Monday 6pm - 9pm
  • Tauranga (two years, starting Feb): alternate Saturdays, 8.30am - 5pm

Part 2:

  • Hamilton (starting April): Alternate Fridays 2pm - 6pm and alternate Saturdays 8am - 4.30pm (for one year)


Waikato Management School Executive Education

Phone: +64 7 838 4833

Complete application to enrol at the University of Waikato

Lunchtime and Evening Information Sessions

Come to our regular information sessions to find out everything you need to know about our programme, flexible study options and entry requirements.

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Waikato MBA 1-to-1 meetings

Dr Heather Connolly, Academic Director - Executive Education, will be holding one-to-one sessions in Tauranga and Hamilton for prospective participants.

If you are interested in learning more about the Waikato MBA and meeting with Heather to discuss the programmes benefits for your career trajectory, please register for a 1-to-1 meeting now.

Appointments will last 30 minutes. Our team will be in touch via email to schedule a suitable meeting time.

Register for a 1-to-1 meeting with Dr Heather Connolly