Graduate Programs at University of Waikato
University of Waikato

University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is ranked at #274 in the QS World University Rankings 2019. Waikato has climbed 127 places up the QS rankings in the last five years, based on our reputation, research, teaching, graduate employability, and internationalisation.
International student satisfaction
Waikato has a diverse,multicultural student population, with more than 2,000 international students from over 70 countries. In the latest International Student Barometer 2017, more than 90% of international students studying at the University of Waikato said they were satisfied with their experience.
Top 1% globally ranked business school

Gain a distinctive, world-class business education at the University of Waikato's Management School. Our goal is to develop innovative and ethical business leaders who can tackle complex challenges facing organisations, and make a positive impact on the economy, society, and the environment.

We offer qualifications at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels.

Waikato Management School is ranked in the top 1% of all business schools globally with our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and AACSB (the United States-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). This is an international benchmark of excellence in business education.

We prepare our students to become highly effective business leaders with the flexible skills and knowledge base to drive any organisation forwards and make it succeed - whether that is a global powerhouse, a government department, or a social enterprise.

Our students are supported by world-class academics with strong consulting links, whose research is focused on three key areas; 1) responsible management, 2) transformational leadership, and 3) leading through innovation and entrepreneurial practice.

We are committed to ensuring all students receive an education that is relevant to the real world of business, and based on leading-edge research. Using a variety of teaching approaches, students participate in group work, case studies, interactive discussions and experiential learning.

QS Rankings - Top 300

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 300 universities in the QS World University Subject Rankings for the subjects of:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Business & Management Studies
  • Communication & Media Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Geography
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Sociology
  • Development Studies
  • Sports
Shanghai Academic Rankings
Waikato is also ranked 16th in the world for hospitality and tourism management in the Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities - Subject Rankings 2018.
Times Higher Education Rankings - Top 300
We are ranked in the global top 251 - 300 for Business & Economics in the Times Higher Education Subject Rankings 2019.
Qualifications
  • Master of Business Administration - MBA (2 years)
  • Master of Business and Management - MBM (1 year)
  • Master of Digital Business - MDigiBus (1 year)
  • Master of Management Studies - MMS (1-2 years)
  • Master of Professional Accounting - MPAcct (14 months)

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Programs

Doctor of Philosophy
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded by the University for research carried out under the supervision of at least two staff members. A PhD can also be presented as a PhD with Publication or a PhD with a Creative Practice Component.
Duration: 3 years
Deadline: Ongoing
Master of Business Administration - MBA (2 years)
The Waikato Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a life-changing two-part programme designed to propel graduates into senior leadership roles such as general manager or chief executive officer. We educate leaders to make responsible and sustainable decisions in our complex world.
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
Master of Business and Management - MBM (1 year)
This one-year masters degree (180 points) provides a transformative business education that will take your career to new heights.
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: Ongoing
Master of Digital Business - MDigiBus (1 year)
Waikato's one-year Master of Digital Business is unique in New Zealand, as it focuses on using technology from a management perspective.
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: Ongoing
Master of Management Studies - MMS (1-2 years)
If you're looking to accelerate your professional career by gaining expertise in an area of business you're passionate about, or want to prepare for a PhD or research career, this degree is designed for you.
Duration: 1 - 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
Master of Professional Accounting - MPAcct (14 months)
The Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcct) is designed especially for students who have never studied accounting before at university-level, but already have a bachelor's degree in another subject area, such as arts, teaching, law or economics.
Duration: 14 months
Deadline: Ongoing

Testimonials

Linzi Gao - Assistant Accountant, Downer NZ - Auckland, New Zealand

"The MPAcct degree is challenging, but it’s definitely worth it in the end. The students at Waikato Management School are very future-oriented and full of energy to accept new challenges. I was constantly inspired by my peers.

The employer networking events organised by Waikato Management School Students’ Association were awesome. They enabled me to meet experienced professionals from companies such as PwC and KPMG and learn more about their graduate accounting programmes.

I found Hamilton to be a very good city to live and study in. It is conveniently close to tourist attractions such as Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton.”

Linzi Gao - Assistant Accountant, Downer NZ - Auckland, New Zealand
Marina Doretto - Account Director, DataXu

"I was in this world where I was unable to understand the terms being used. Sometimes I felt excluded and it was really frustrating. Also, I knew that to have a better competitive advantage I needed to have a specialisation from an English-speaking country.

I did some research and found out that Waikato Management School had partnerships with other good business schools in Brazil, and they also had Triple Crown accreditation, so I thought, why not?

I also travelled around New Zealand when I could. Being in Hamilton, it's so easy to travel around and it's close to great beaches and Auckland. I just had the best time."

Marina Doretto - Account Director, DataXu
Alex Kravchenko - International Civil Servant, United Nations Secretariat - Bangkok, Thailand

“The technical and academic skills I learnt at Waikato I use every day. I first felt a bit humbled when I started here as some interns came from Harvard, the London School of Economics, Oxford, but I was happy to realise that the education I received put me on an equal footing with them in terms of my ability to perform.”

Alex Kravchenko - International Civil Servant, United Nations Secretariat - Bangkok, Thailand
Hannah Dinh - Operations analyst, Microsoft - Singapore

"I highly recommend the MMS degree at Waikato. It not only provides you with deeper knowledge in your field, but it also develops other skills needed to succeed in your future, such as communication, presentation and research skills.”

Hannah Dinh - Operations analyst, Microsoft - Singapore
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