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

Master of Business and Management (MBM)

This one-year masters degree provides a truly transformative business education that will take your career to new heights.

The MBM will give you a comprehensive understanding of the fast-paced global business environment, and prepare you to take on a wide range of management and leadership roles.

It's designed for graduates of any bachelor's degree – from arts and engineering to teaching and social sciences – who wish to expand their career prospects and increase their earning potential. Previous business experience is not required.

Over 12 months, you'll develop skills in all aspects of business, such as leading and managing teams, planning for strategic growth, marketing, digital business, economics and financial analysis, human resources, supply chain, and holistic problem-solving.

Study this degree at Waikato Management School, a Triple Crown international business school accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB 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.

You can start the MBM programme in either March (Semester A) or November (Semester T).

Practical experience:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the business environment.
  • The skills and understanding required for effective management, such as human resource skills, financial analysis, strategy and marketing skills, and supply chain management.
  • Highly-developed communication and collaborative skills, including an ability to lead teams and manage change.
  • An understanding of the role of business leaders in achieving sustainable success.
  • The ability to develop a proposal, plan and undertake applied business research.
  • The ability to analyse issues, question ideas and findings, and reflect on achieved learning.
  • Creative problem solving skills, including the ability to observe, diagnose, think critically and apply a systems or holistic approach to a problem.
  • Career self-management, including self-realisation, awareness of potential and planning for growth.

You can apply for the MBM if you have:

  • A bachelor's degree in any subject discipline, or its equivalent, from an approved university
  • Achieved a B-minus grade average or above in the final year of your degree.

Admission to this programme may be subject to the completion of any qualifying papers, or additional work may be required.

International applicants need to provide evidence of English language proficiency, with an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, and no band score less than 6.0.

All applicants are asked to complete an online Pre-MBM Toolkit assessment before classes start.

Application procedure

How to fast-track your career with the MBM

Our Success Stories

Dolan Cox

Dolan Cox - MBM and BMus graduate

Management intern at the George Town Festival in Malaysia

Imagine working in the music industry and travelling all over the world. For many it would be a dream, but for Master of Business and Management graduate Dolan Cox it’s closer to reality.

The Whakatane local has combined his two passions – music and business – and is now interning for the company that organises the famous George Town Festival in Penang, Malaysia (watch his video story above).

Dolan says he never would have had this incredible opportunity without the MBM. “I'm very excited to be able to apply my business and arts knowledge in an international context. Ultimately I plan to relocate to Europe and sink my teeth into the music or events industry in that part of the world."

 After completing his music degree in piano performance at Waikato, Dolan decided to do the one-year MBM to develop the business acumen, financial literacy and professional skills needed to open the door to more opportunities.

One of the highlights of the MBM for Dolan was launching a new snack food start-up business at the Hamilton Night Markets for an action learning project, and then pitching the idea to a panel of judges in a ‘Dragon’s Den’-style environment.

Dolan says he would definitely recommend the MBM to others because Waikato is small enough that you get to know your lecturers and fellow students, but big enough that there are plenty of opportunities waiting to be seized.

Razel Blaza

Razel Blaza - MBM and BSc graduate

Sales and marketing, Johnson & Johnson, Auckland

After working as a lab technician for several years, science graduate Razel Blaza decided she wanted to work more closely with people and experience the commercial side of organisations.

The Waikato Master of Business and Management offered the perfect pathway to her new careeer in sales and marketing.

Razel says the MBM exposed her to a variety of management subjects in depth - such as marketing, strategy and leadership - and gave her practical business skills - all in 12 months.

She enjoyed the group discussions in class, and found that after a while she could confidently talk about business issues from many different perspectives.

This combination of technical know-how and strategic business knowledge gave Razel the edge she needed to stand out from the crowd when she started applying for jobs at the end of her MBM.

Now she's loving her new job as a sales and marketing coordinator at Johnson & Johnson in Auckland, which complements her previous experience of working in the medical and scientific sectors.


Jens Mueller

Prof Dr Dr Jens Mueller, MNZM (MBE)

How to get to the top

There are few shortcuts to the top of the corporate ladder. But there is a way to speed up the process.

Adding a one-year management masters to your bachelor’s degree will set you on the path to entering a company at a higher level with a firm grip on the ladder to the top.

With two high-end degrees, the chances of landing that perfect first job only increase. The job that gives you more responsibility than the morning coffee run. The job that is the reason you came to university in the first place.

The Master of Business and Management (MBM) is specifically designed for emerging managers in all fields to build on their existing skill set and develop as a leader. The combination of management theory, internships, and working with other talented students from all over New Zealand and around the world makes MBM graduates some of the most well-prepared business professionals out there.

There’s a saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” – with an MBM you’ll be able to tick both boxes with confidence.

Professor Jens Mueller is an experienced CEO and director of global billion dollar firms, and part of the teaching staff for the Master of Business and Management at Waikato Management School.

Wendy McPhail

Wendy McPhail - Dragon's Den Judge

MBM - Moulding Business Masterminds

Watching students present better than experienced management teams. Meeting bright and enthusiastic future business leaders. Equipping young people with future networking opportunities. Highlights from judging the Dragon’s Den competition for the Master of Business and Management (MBM) at Waikato are endless.

The Waikato Master of Business and Management offered the perfect pathway to her new career in sales and marketing.

I’m always so impressed to see how effortlessly MBM students are able to apply the knowledge and skills they’ve gained to real-world business cases. This proves the degree is not only valuable to the students, but it’s going to add real value to the companies who employ them.

Having stood in the students’ shoes myself years ago, it won’t be long before they’re knocking on the door to stand in the shoes of New Zealand’s top businesspeople.

Wendy McPhail is the former CEO of Office Products Depot, and current Advisory Board Member at THE Marketing Company, New Zealand’s leading specialist sales and marketing training company


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