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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 including timetables, please click on the course names below.