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Master of Business Administration with the Business Sustainability Specialisation

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1 year
Start date: July-2020
Auckland Campus
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Massey University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) is unique in New Zealand – the only MBA with specialisations and that is available to study as a full-time or online option.

The Massey University Master of Business Administration (MBA) gives you the unique ability to choose when and where you study. This specialisation focus on topics relevant to today’s business challenges. You will not only gain critical knowledge but it will give your qualification a clear differentiation from non-specialised MBAs.

If you choose to study the MBA full-time, you will be able to complete the qualification in one year. This means you have a chance to get a major upgrade to your career with minimal absence from work.

This programme is an intense interaction MBA with scheduled sessions, mentors and full support. Regardless of whether you are studying on-campus or online, learning is active, not passive. The online option gives you the flexibility to manage your workload (one course at a time), and you’ll have access to scheduled interaction sessions, connecting you with MBA staff and lecturers - and your classmates.

An option for our online students is to choose some modules on-campus in Auckland. This is unique to the Massey MBA programme.

The Massey MBA focuses on giving you the skills to lead with integrity. You will develop your strategic thinking skills, problem analysis and solving, technology and cultural competencies. Your learning will draw from the most recent research, but also from business practitioners who will be presenting, mentoring and creating real-world assignments. The full-time MBA offers a work experience opportunity in a New Zealand firm, or an overseas firm with a New Zealand presence.

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools and is AACSB accredited. We have the longest-running MBA programme in New Zealand.


No matter which industry you are in, the Master of Business Administration can help you progress into leadership and management roles faster. As an adept, globally competent graduate you can join local as well as international firms, non-profit organisations, government entities and more. It will give you the edge when applying for management and leadership positions.

Planning your programme

The MBA programme is in two parts. For progression to Part Two of the programme, candidates must have achieved a B- grade average across the courses completed in Part One. We recommend all students apply for the 'Without specialisation' option on initial application. Students can then select one of the specialisations after completing the Part One Compulsory courses.

The MBA programme requires successful completion of 180 credits of courses. This includes 120 credits of compulsory courses (90 credits in Part One and 30 credits in Part Two), and 60 credits of Subject courses (30 credits in Part One and 30 credits in Part Two).

Part One Compulsory courses - 90 credits

115.764 Leadership and Teamwork (15 credits); 115.765 Managing People and Organisations (15 credits); 115.766 Managing Financial Resources (15 credits); 115.768 Marketing Analysis and Strategy (15 credits); 115.769 Business Economics (15 credits); 115.774 Operations and Supply Chain Management (15 credits).

Part Two Compulsory course - 115.812 Action Learning Project (30 credits)

Part Two Subject course - Choose 1 of: 115.810 Strategic Business in the Global Market (30 credits); 115.811 Strategic Complexities in International Business (30 credits)

Part One Subject courses – 115.784 Balancing Innovation and Risk Management (15 credits); 115.792 Business Sustainability (15 credits).

Entry criteria

Admission to the degree of Master of Business Administration requires that the candidate will:

  • meet the University admission requirements as specified; and
  • have been awarded or qualified for a relevant Bachelor’s degree, having achieved at least a B- grade average in the highest level courses, or equivalent; and
  • have completed at least three years of relevant postgraduate practical experience; and
  • have been selected into the programme on the basis of selection process which may include a written application, referees reports and practical exercises.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 176 overall and all bands 169 or better


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