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Facts about Waikato Management School

We are proud of the accomplishments and success of our graduates.

Many have gone on to secure highly influential, senior positions in the business world, or have taken up academic positions at internationally prestigious universities around the world.

Student key statistics (2015):

  • 3332 Total students enrolled in a WMS qualification
  • 884 International students
  • 51%/49% Female/male students
  • 2564 Undergraduate students (Bachelor's degree, GradCert/GradDip, Cert/Dip)
  • 814 Graduate students (PhD, Masters degree, Honours, PGCert/PGDip)
  • 113 PhD students
  • 386 Corporate & Executive Education participants (MBA, MBM, PGDipMgtSt, PGCertMgtSt)

Staff key statistics:

  • 104 Academic staff
  • 44 Professors and associate professors
  • 39 Senior lecturers
  • 88% Academic staff with a doctorate
  • 65% Academic staff who were born outside New Zealand

Student completion rates by programme of study

Table 1: Completion data 2011-2015


Programme 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) 189 171 191 148 132
Bachelor of Communication Studies (BCS) 77 61 68 67 69
Bachelor of Electronic Commerce (BECom) 12 15 16 17 23
Bachelor of Business Analysis - Financial (BBA(Fin)) 116 133 192 204 201
Bachelor of Tourism (BTour)
(Tourism and Hospitality Management)
34 22 29 26 32
Bachelor's with Honours degrees 94 88 75 64 52
Master of Business Administration (MBA) 34 35 40 32 32
Master of Business and Management (MBM) 24 25 30 28 23
Master of Management Studies (MMS) 56 71 49 72 64
Master of Digital Business (MDigiBus) 3 6 7 1 5
Postgraduate Diploma in a specialist subject 86 112 46 45 15
Postgraduate Diploma in Management
or Management Studies
66 85 39 56 23

Retention data for bachelor's degrees

Table 2: Proportion of students who have returned or completed 2011-2015

The table below shows the percentage of students who were enrolled previously, and have returned or completed the same or an equivalent programme.


Programme 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Overall average % 88 87.8 88.8 87.4 88.2
Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) 88.2 87.5 87.9 86.1 88.6
Bachelor of Communication Studies (BCS) 83.5 82.6 90.9 88.5 86.0
Bachelor of Electronic Commerce (BECom) 82.5 92.1 83.1 89.8 83.1
Bachelor of Business Analysis - Financial (BBA(Fin)) 88.7 87.1 89.7 87.8 88.7
Bachelor of Tourism
(Tourism and Hospitality Management)
80.4 87.4 83.2 81.9 85.7

Graduate Survey 2015

Waikato Management School undertakes a Graduate Survey every two to three years.

In 2015, 469 survey respondents reported they had not been in full-time employment during their studies.

Of these, 85.7% were seeking full-time employment at the end of their studies.

Among those who wished to secure full-time employment, 83.1% reported they were employed within 6 months of graduating.

Completion rates for Masters degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas

Our Postgraduate Diploma and Honours programmes are both equivalent to the first 120 points of a masters degree. 

A masters degree is either 120, 180 or 240 points (depending on the admission qualification and the type of masters programme).

It is possible to transfer from a PGDip/Honours to a Masters, and/or complete one or both programmes.

The following information relates to students who started their programme at some time between 2010 and 2014:

MBA and PGDip(MgtSt): 2010-2014

  • 72% of students had completed the MBA
  • 66% had completed the MBA within two years
  • 72% of students had completed the PGDip(MgtSt)
  • 70% had completed the PGDip(MgtSt) within two years
  • 10% of students were enrolled in the MBA and a lower postgraduate programme. Of these, 4% completed both programmes, 2% completed the MBA, and 3% completed the lower programme.

MMS, MDigiBus and PGDip with a specialist subject: 2010-2014

  • 83% had completed a masters degree
  • 78% had completed a masters degree within two years
  • 75% had completed a PGDip with a specialist subject
  • 75% had completed a PGDip with a specialist subject within two years
  • 24% of students were enrolled in both a masters degree and a lower postgraduate programme. Of these, 14% completed both programmes, 5% completed the masters degree, and 3% completed the lower programme.

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