The University of Waikato - Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
Waikato Management School
Executive Education

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Waikato MBA is a world-class, highly practical qualification. It is designed to equip managers and business owners with the dynamic capabilities and strategic insights needed to drive their organisation forwards.

The Waikato Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a life-changing two-year programme; custom-made with input from New Zealand business leaders. It's designed to propel you into senior leadership roles such as general manager or chief executive officer.

You'll gain expertise in best business practices, and learn how to implement value creation strategies that can radically transform organisations and the people within them.

The Waikato MBA puts a strong focus on leadership development, as well as general management skills. One of the highlights is an international study tour, where you'll learn first-hand about doing business in other countries.

You'll be taught by top lecturers with international teaching experience. They are also sought-after business consultants and active researchers, with links to some of the world's leading companies.

Our students enjoy inspiring presentations from guest speakers in industry, and go on field trips to visit successful local businesses.

In 2016 we opened a brand new Law and Management Building, offering spacious study areas with the latest technology.

Key Information

Study Locations     Hamilton; Tauranga 
   Waikato Management School
Years    2 
Points     240
Domestic Fees    Part One: $16,670 - Feb/March 2018 and Part Two: $30,651 - March/April 2018 
International Fees    N/A

Note: This programme is taught part-time, so is NOT open to international students unless they are permanent residents of New Zealand. However, you may be interested in applying for the Master of Business and Management (MBM) degree instead. This is a one-year, full-time business masters open to graduates from any subject discipline.

2016 International Study Tour

Every year our MBA students go on an International Study Tour. In 2016 it was held in India. Check out the video below to hear about their experiences.

Flexible part-time study options

Enjoy the freedom to study part-time while you work, with classes offered in Hamilton, Tauranga, or the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development in Hopuhopu. Classes start in March or April.

Choose any of the following options:

  • Hamilton: Part One evening only: Monday and/or Thursday 6pm - 9pm (over one or two years)
  • Tauranga: Part One only: Alternate Saturdays 8.30am - 5pm (for two years)
  • Hamilton: Parts One and Two: Alternate Fridays 2pm - 6pm and alternate Saturdays 8am - 4.30pm (for two years)
  • Hopuhopu: Parts One and Two: Friday 8am - 4.30pm and Saturday 8am - 4.30pm (for two years)
  • Hamilton: Part Two only: Alternate Fridays 2pm - 6pm and alternate Saturdays 8am - 4.30pm (for one year).

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 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.

Check out the University of Waikato accreditations and rankings!

Christine Hall

General Manager Keys Social Housing, an entity within Wise Group

Prior to starting the MBA programme, I was looking for an opportunity that would give me career progression and expand my professional network.

Coming from a background in the health sector, I wanted a business qualification that would enable me to move into management roles in other industries with confidence. The MBA most definitely helped me achieve this.

When I began my new role as General Manager Keys Social Housing I was able to put all my MBA skills into practice and add value to the company right from the start. I’m still using many of the tools I was given 12 months down the track.

I loved learning about marketing and strategy, and being pushed outside my comfort zone with accounting papers. Going to China and learning about business from a whole new perspective was an incredible experience too.

Balancing full time work, study and family was a little tricky at times. It took a partnership between you, work and home to make it successful. I feel very happy and fulfilled knowing my family have seen me succeed and achieve my career goals.


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MBA Brochure

2018 MBA Brochure

For more information click here to read.

MBA Part Two Brochure

Part Two MBA 2017

For more information about MBA Part Two click here to read.

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