Master of Business Administration

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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is the most recognised management qualification in the world.

The Waikato MBA is internationally accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and is renowned for connecting, transforming and learning. Waikato Management School has Triple Crown accreditation from AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB, placing us in the top 1% of around 14,000 business schools worldwide.

The MBA connects students to people who matter through alumni, teaching staff and guest speakers. It enables managers to transform into leaders, to become generalists rather than specialists, to move from functional to strategic; and to engage with global concepts not just local.

In terms of learning the focus is on building leadership as well as management capabilities; and on action learning. This approach ensures direct applicability to the workplace, so both the organisation and the student benefit from studies.

Teaching faculty are both practitioners and academics, so they bring practice relevant information to classes. Classes are interactive and there is opportunity to share your knowledge and learn from others' experiences.

The Waikato MBA is designed to introduce practising middle and senior managers, business owners and entrepreneurs to research at the frontiers of knowledge - and to prepare them for leadership positions in New Zealand and overseas.

The MBA is offered in two locations - at the University of Waikato Hamilton Campus and at the Waikato-Tainui College of Research and Development in Hopuhopu. The Hopuhopu programme was created to cater for the significant growth of business with Māori interests. It is delivered as a residential curriculum within a supportive kaupapa Māori environment.

Based on global studies, the investment in the MBA is paid back within 3.5 years, on average, through career progression and salary increases. Our students range from 25 to 60 years of age.