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

Master of Business Management Specialised (MBMS)

Prepare to become a business leader or entrepreneur and gain advanced skills in one specialist area in only 16 months with a Master of Business and Management Specialised. 

You can start the MBM-S programme in either March or November. 

The MBM-S provides a truly transformative education that will prepare you to take on a wide range of management and leadership roles. 

Over 16 months, you'll gain a well-grounded understanding of general management, plus advanced knowledge in your chosen specialist field of management. Previous business experience is not required. 

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. 

In the first year, you'll hone your skills in all aspects of business: leading and managing teams, planning for strategic growth, marketing, digital business, economics and financial analysis, human resources, supply chain, holistic problem-solving, and much more. 

You'll also develop strong communication and creative problem solving skills; the ability to undertake business research, question ideas and findings, and gain the confidence to lead teams and manage organisational change. 

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.

Key Information
Practical Experience
Admission and Enrolment
Paper Details
Cultural Experience


For the final four months of the MBM-S, you'll gain practical knowledge in a specialist field of management (at least 60 points). 

Choose from: 

  • Accounting 
  • Agribusiness 
  • Finance 
  • International Management 
  • Public Relations 

The required papers for each specialisation are listed below. 

Choose from: 


  • ACCT571 Financial Accounting (15 pts) 
  • ACCT576 Commercial and Corporate Law (15 pts) 
  • ACCT572 Advanced Auditing (15 pts) 
  • ACCT573 Advanced Management Accounting (15pts) 


  • AGRI504 Farm Processes and Management for Agribusiness (15 pts) 
  • AGRI505 Finance and Investment Analysis for Agribusiness (15 pts) 
  • AGRI507 Agribusiness Value Chain Innovation and Strategy (15 pts) or INMG521 International Business Environment (15 pts) 
  • ECON506 Economics for Business (15 pts) 


  • FINA510 Financial Theory and Corporate Policy (15 pts) 
  • FINA517 Investment, Portfolios and Financial Markets (15 pts) 
  • ECON507 Quantitative Skills for Finance and Economics (15 pts) 
  • FINA501 Computer Modelling for Financial Analysis (15 pts) 

International Management

  • INMG501 E-Global Business: Strategic Management and Marketing (30 pts) 
  • INMG521 International Business Environment (15 pts) 
  • INMG522 Doing Business in the Emerging Markets of Asia-Pacific (15 pts) 

Public Relations

  • MCOM512 Applied Communication Analysis (30 pts) 
  • MCOM513 Professional and Public Relations Writing (15 pts) 
  • MCOM532 Public Relations Cases (15 pts).

Key Information

Study locations:  Hamilton 

Faculty: Waikato Management School 

Years: 1+ 

Points: 240 

Domestic fees: $16,622 per degree – Nov 2016 intake 

International fees: $46,655 per degree – Nov 2016 intake

Practical Experience

Throughout the MBM-S degree, you'll gain critical business and communication skills, and become aware of your own abilities as a future leader or business entrepreneur. 

Your learning experience is designed to be practical, challenging, and inspiring. 

You'll work in teams to develop an entrepreneurial start-up business, and then pitch your business idea to industry experts. 

The opportunity to complete a month-long executive internship at a local business, while completing an Action Learning Project that delivers real value to the company. We organise all internships on your behalf. 

Visits to local businesses are a feature of this programme. 

Learning is through lectures, video, social media, case studies of real businesses, practical group assignments, creative problem solving and reflective learning.

Admission and Enrolment

You can apply for the MBM-S 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. 

Graduates of the MBM can automatically transfer into the MBM-S if they wish. 

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

International students must have a bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised university, and if applicable, meet the English language requirements. 

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 

Note: Students who start the MBM–S programme in November will need to take a three-month break the following summer, from December to February.


Corporate & Executive Education - Waikato Management School 

MBM-S programme coordinator: Cathie Breeuwer 


Phone: +64 7 838 4198 

Toll Free: 0800 800 891 (New Zealand) 


Paper Details

EXPM501 Leadership, Power and Influence 

EXPM502 Organisational Culture and Communication 

EXPM503 Financial Analysis and Performance 

EXPM504 Integrative Paper - Application and Reflection 

EXPM505 Human Resource Management 

EXPM506 Economics for Managers 

EXPM507 Strategic Management 

EXPM508 Sustainability Strategies for Organisations 

EXPM509 Business Research Project 

EXPM510 Marketing 

EXPM511 Global Business 

EXPM512 Commercial Law and Corporate Governance 

EXPM513 Digital Business 

EXPM514 Decisions and Supply Chain Management 

EXPM515 Action Learning Project 

MNGT060 Writing Competency Module 

English literacy is important in business. If you don't pass this free writing module, you'll be directed to take the paper MCOM104 instead. Note: Waikato Management School graduates will already have completed this writing module, and don't need to repeat it.

Cultural Experience

Waikato Management School has a vibrant student culture and provides a supportive learning environment, with ready access to alumni and mentors. 

Working alongside other students from diverse cultural backgrounds will help you to establish a strong network of local and international business contacts. 

You’ll be invited to take part in many fun social and cultural activities to help you bond with your classmates – such as hiking up a mountain for the day! Here are some comments made by our students: 

"Wonderful…you’ll be surprised at the amount of practical learning you get.” 

"It's a great place to study ... You will love the nature and the people here." 

"The knowledge and tools that you gain are something you will not regret." 

“Waikato University’s business school is fantastic with the support from staff and students”. 

You can also make new friends through student clubs, such as Waikato Management School Students' Association (WMSSA).


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