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Communications Studies

Master of Business

The business world needs skilled managers with deep industry knowledge, who can run operations smoothly and optimise profit and growth opportunities. This master’s programme will help you develop the advanced business knowledge and skills you need to perform and excel in a managerial position.

240 (2.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for two years or part-time options available

Programme overview

This programme is no longer offered for new applicants. Please consider the Master of Applied Business as an alternative. If you've already applied for this programme, we'll contact you about moving to a suitable alternative. 

What separates successful businesses from the rest in today’s fast-changing business environment is their capacity to quickly adapt. Business as ‘unusual’ is the new normal, and whole industries are changing in response to a series of unprecedented demands and issues.

With each new disruption, organisations are faced with new challenges and opportunities. Consequently, as a manager, you need to be agile, resilient and on-the-ball – rather than sitting there waiting for things to get better. You need to acquire the business acumen and strategic skills to be a top performer – no matter the landscape.

In this master’s programme, you’ll explore key aspects of business and management including strategic thinking, human resource management, organisational behaviour and marketing strategy. You’ll gain the knowledge and critical thinking skills to grow your career and succeed in today’s complex and changing business environments.


  • Small classes. Facilitated by expert lecturers with strong industry connections and experience.
  • Advance your career. No prior experience in business is required.
  • Applied learning. Utilise case studies and projects to apply theory and skills to real-world situations.
  • Research project. Undertake research in an area of business that interests you. Research supervisors are highly qualified staff with strong links to the business community.
  • Flexible timetable. A mix of weekday and evening classes. Classes also have online delivery options to support your learning.
  • Scholarship opportunities. You may be entitled to a postgraduate scholarship to help fund your studies.
  • Boost your earning potential. New skills and technical knowledge will allow you to move up the ranks within an organisation.   

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A recognised Bachelor's degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all Level 7 courses; OR
2. A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a Bachelor’s degree. 
3. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).
4. If English is your second language, you are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don't meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • An undergraduate degree in an unrelated discipline, with merit achievement; or 
  • A graduate diploma qualification in the same or similar discipline, with a B grade average or better.

​For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2021; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Business and Organisational Strategy (APMG8099) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course of study provides students with an enhanced capability to analyse the impacts of the global business environment on the development and implementation of strategy by small and medium business enterprises. It aims to develop the capabilities necessary for those small to medium business organisations to successfully compete in the contemporary business environment.
Organisations and Leadership (APMG8100) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) In this course of study students critically examine the underpinnings of organisations and the leadership field. This course enables students to develop a critical view of organisations and their structure and functioning as well as the leading people in organisational contexts. It aims to develop generic capabilities for leadership in business contexts.
Research Methods (APMG8177) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS) The aim of this course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of the theoretical, methodological, and empirical elements of social science research, in order that they may design, implement, and analyse research projects in a variety of contexts.
Courses Credits Aim
Organisational Change and Development (APMG8112) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) In this course of study, students will critically evaluate the ability of small business principals to manage all aspects of change in the context of developing business organisations.
Organisational Behaviour (APMG8115) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course of study provides students with the ability to use relevant psychological theory to develop a critical understanding of the nature and functioning of organisations and of the individuals and groups within them.
Advanced Human Resource Management (APMG8116) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) In this course of study students examine the conceptual underpinnings of human resource management in a domestic and international context. Students critically examine the proposition that strategically aligning and managing HR systems and performance, where there is significant workforce diversity can contribute to organisational success.
Marketing Strategy (APMG8117) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course of study provides students with an enhanced capability to examine advanced marketing theory and practice within eight core contexts; consumer, business to business, services, anti-consumption, sustainability, Maori and the Pacific, technology mediated, and socially mediated. Students will critically examine the proposition that to strategically understand and apply marketing, they should have a holistic perspective that envelops the eight core contexts.
Digital Enterprise (APMG8119) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course of study provides students with an enhanced capability to examine based on theory and practice, the digital enterprise and contemporary issues within five core contexts; consumer markets, business and enterprise modelling, society, community/social media and technology. Students will critically examine the proposition that to strategically understand and develop the digital enterprise they should have a holistic perspective that envelops the five core contexts.