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The Waikato Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a life-changing two-part 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.

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, Ngaruawahia.

Classes start in February, March or April, depending on which option you choose:

Part One of MBA:

  • 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 Two of MBA:

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

Waikato-Tainui College - Parts One and Two of MBA:

  • Hopuhopu (Starting Feb/March 2018): Friday 8am - 4.30pm and Saturday 8am - 4.30pm (for two years).

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 degree instead. This is a one-year, full-time business masters open to graduates from any subject discipline.

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 was awarded Tier One Status in the CEO Global MBA Rankings 2017.

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What students think about University of Waikato

    Billy Bodger, Master of Science (Earth Sciences)

    Testimonial from Billy Bodger, Master of Science (Earth Sciences), student at University of Waikato

    Smaller class sizes, enthusiastic lecturers and field trips to exciting North Island locations has made Earth Sciences study at Waikato a top experience for student Billy Bodger.

    Billy completed a BSc in Earth Sciences before beginning an MSc in 2013, with a focus on geology.

    "The flexible BSc course structure and passionate lecturers have allowed for more one-on-one time with staff and more feedback on assignments. I believe I wouldn't be where I am today without that additional help," says Billy.

    Some memorable field trips have included a six day excursion to the Hawke's Bay for a sedimentary geology paper and a trip to the GNS Science Wairakei Research Centre for a volcanic geochemistry paper.

    "Both of these field trips and all the other practical activities and applied research I have undertaken at Waikato have given me a valuable insight into the tasks that I could expect to encounter in industry. I have no doubt that these experiences will give me a head-start career-wise."

    A School of Science Masters Research Scholarship in late in 2013 helped kick-start Billy's masters study. Now undertaking research in volcanic geology and gold mineralisation, Billy has been fortunate to work with an international mining corporation and is now trained to use a range of Waikato's excellent laboratory facilities specific to his research.

    "Being able to tailor my degree to suit my strengths and interests makes Waikato a top choice for study. Once you come to Waikato, the doors will open for you and the opportunities are endless."

    Kaylee Bird, Bachelor of Management Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Management)

    Testimonial from Kaylee Bird, Bachelor of Management Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Management), student at University of Waikato

    A passion for dancing has led to a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship for Kaylee Bird. The former Otumoetai College student is now in her second year of studying a conjoint Bachelor of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Laws.

    She says one of the reasons she chose to study at Waikato was that it was the only university in New Zealand where she could continue both dance and academic studies.

    Kaylee has been dancing since she was four years old and mainly trains in classical ballet and contemporary dance. In 2013, Kaylee was accepted into three dance schools in Australia; the prestigious Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy where she spent a term in 2014 experiencing full-time dancing before returning to her studies, Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) and the Queensland Dance School of Excellence.

    In 2013 she was awarded honours in both her Advanced 2 BBO Ballet and Contemporary exams, and she was nominated to compete in the 2012 NZ Young Performer of the Year Awards.

    Waylon Kenning, Master of Electronic Commerce (Electronic Commerce)

    Testimonial from Waylon Kenning, Master of Electronic Commerce (Electronic Commerce), student at University of Waikato

    Master of Electronic Commerce student Waylon Kenning likes to create “digital experiences that delight customers; by defining their interests and marrying them to technology”.

    Originally from Taumarunui, he is now half-way through completing his MECom degree online, while continuing to work full-time as a product architect at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, a global IT firm in Wellington.

    Since graduating from a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce in 2008, Waylon quickly found work as a business analyst, and his career has gone from strength to strength.

    He now oversees a diverse team of developers, user experience designers and analysts at Hexagon, who are creating a new mobile app designed to help police officers do their jobs more easily by putting critical information at their fingertips. The goal is to reduce paperwork so that police officers can spend more time in the field investigating crimes.

    Last year Waylon decided he wanted to “beef up” his academic credentials, be exposed to the latest ideas in e-commerce technologies, and gain an internationally-recognised master’s degree that offers a passport to working overseas.

    “I thought about doing an MBA, but I really wanted a programme focused on how business and IT relate to each other, and the MECom really fits the bill in that respect. I also liked the fact that the Professional stream was taught completely online, because most professionals can’t quit their jobs for an entire year.”

    Waylon says his favourite paper was ‘MCOM502 - Managing Virtual Teams’, as it helped him understand how to communicate better with members of his own development team at Hexagon; some of whom are based in India and the United States.

    For the professional field internship paper, MSYS519, Waylon spent 10 weeks working on a variety of small research projects for Contact Energy, his former employer.

    “The internship is really designed to kick-start your career in e-commerce and help solidify your knowledge base, which is great for people who are new to this field.”

    “If you’re already working in e-commerce, it gives you permission to research a topic in-depth that you’ve been thinking about for some time, because you have to write a 10,000 word report at the end of it.”

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