Master of Business (Professional)


Program Description

The Master of Business (Professional) is subject to approval by the Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP) in July 2020.
The MBus(Prof) will be offered from Trimester 1 2021. It replaces the Master of Applied Finance, Master of Professional Economics, and Master of Information Management.

Advance your business career with a solid grounding in contemporary business practice, specialise in an area of interest, and prepare for a future in leadership.

Fast-track your career

It’s time to take the initiative. With the Master of Business (Professional), you’ll develop the ability to think critically about today's business and policy challenges. Choose a specialised area of focus and tailor your degree to your career aspirations.

Gain advanced business knowledge

This 180-point Master’s programme will hone your professional skills. You’ll develop practical, expert-level capability in problem-solving, negotiating, and influencing. You’ll also be able to apply the latest research methods in contemporary business settings.

You won’t just be one of the team anymore. You’ll have the expertise to lead the team.

Sharpen your focus

Along with the business fundamentals, the Master of Business (Professional) gives you the flexibility to specialise in an area of interest. Choose up to two specialisations from the following:

  • Applied Data Analytics
  • Contemporary Economics
  • Digital Transformation and Leadership
  • Economic Thinking
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Commercialisation
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Institutions
  • Investment Management
  • Macroeconomics
  • Sustainable Business

Whatever specialisation you choose, you’ll be learning from experts with a wealth of industry experience.

Capital city acumen

Wellington is New Zealand’s centre of creativity, entrepreneurship, and policymaking. You’ll learn from academics and experts who work at the very heart of business and government.


International recognition

Wellington School of Business and Government is among a small group of business schools worldwide that hold the 'Triple Crown' of international business education accreditations. You can be confident your qualification will stand up against the best around the world.


Advancing your understanding of business fundamentals while specialising in subject areas of your choice will help set you apart. Whether focusing on finance, analytics, economics or entrepreneurship, this qualification prepares you to manage and lead in changing, complex and challenging situations in either the public or private sector.

Returning to study

Many students return to university for postgraduate study after several years away. If it's been a while since you've studied, our liaison officers can help you get back into university life.


You can look for scholarships based on your level of study, subject area, and background.

Qualification family structure

The Master of Business (Professional) is part of a tiered family of qualifications:

  • Master of Business (Professional)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Professional)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Professional)

These qualifications are ‘staircased’. If you complete the Diploma or Certificate and want to continue studying, your completed courses can count towards the Master. Or if you enrol in the Master’s but choose not to finish it, you may have completed enough courses to be awarded a Diploma or Certificate.

Choose the qualification that suits your career goals, time constraints, and financial situation.

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What you'll study

The MBus(Prof) will build on your existing workplace knowledge to help you develop essential contemporary business skills.

Your studies will include:

  1. Four core courses—you’ll develop a range of practical skills in problem-solving, researching, negotiating, and analysis. Choose four courses from:
    • Organisational Problem Solving
    • Economic Decision Analysis
    • Negotiation and Influence
    • Building an Evidence Base
    • Interdisciplinary Project
  2. Up to two specialisations—choose from a wide range of subjects that match your career goals.


For the MBus(Prof), you can choose up to two of the following specialisations.

Applied Data Analytics

Gain the knowledge and skills required to address the growing need for evidence-based decision making. You'll become a data translator who works with facts and figures provided by statistical specialists. You'll also learn how to evaluate data-intensive reports, presentations, and other forms of communication.

  • Courses include: Storing and accessing data; Data analytics; Advanced analytical techniques and data manipulation; Automation of analytical processes, and Machine learning.

Contemporary Economics

Explore up-to-date thinking on hot topics in economics and the connection to other disciplines, such as psychology, geography, and public policy.

  • Courses include: Economics of behaviour and behavioural economics; Economics of natural disasters and climate change; Miracle economies—growth and development; Economics of wellbeing.

Digital Transformation and Leadership

Develop the skills to move into strategic and managerial IT roles that integrate digital technologies throughout the organisation. You'll focus on developing innovative digital solutions as well as on the governance and security of existing digital systems.

  • Courses include: Growing digital businesses; IT and digital governance; Digital transformation and change; Information security management.

Economic Thinking

Explore fundamental economic concepts and frameworks that give insight into how the rules of the game shape incentives, how incentives affect decisions, and how this can be applied to make better use of scarce resources.

  • Courses include: Microeconomics in context; Macroeconomics in context; Applications of econometrics; Applications of economics and finance.

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Commercialisation

Choose from a multi-disciplinary set of courses addressing different aspects of recognising, experimenting with, and exploiting business ideas. You may focus on a combination of creative, managerial, marketing, financial, legal, technological, commercialisation, and other perspectives on leveraging business opportunities.

  • Courses include: Intellectual property and business innovation; Entrepreneurship in practice; New venture commercialisation; Entrepreneurial finance; Innovation and value creation; Growing digital businesses.

Financial Analysis

Develop the fundamental skills needed to value assets ranging from individual securities and projects to entire firms. You'll apply these valuation skills to situations arising in firms and global financial markets, including capital raising, capital allocation, and risk management.

  • Courses include: Corporate finance; Global capital markets; International corporate finance.

Financial Institutions

Learn about the treasury operations of banks and other corporations. You'll apply the theories of financial intermediation to bank treasury operations and develop skills in managing the liquidity and other financial risks of non-financial corporations.

  • Courses include: Treasury management; Banking, institutions and supervision; Financial intermediation; Applied corporate governance.

Investment Management

Develop advanced modelling skills in investment management and asset pricing. These skills will allow you to construct and evaluate the performance of investment portfolios involving a wide range of asset classes.

  • Courses include: Portfolio design and investment; Financial modelling; Financial econometrics; Real options.


Discover how parts of the economic system are interlinked and interact, and the insight this can give into areas such as international trade, the tax and welfare systems, economic crises, growth, and business cycles.

  • Courses include: International and trade economics; Public finance—options, implications, and impacts; The economics of natural disasters and climate change; Business cycle analysis and implications.

Sustainable Business

How society harnesses its resources impacts on groups in different ways and across time. Sustainable business thinking can be deployed to give voice to those who bear the consequences now and in the future. Explore interdisciplinary solutions to sustainability challenges for businesses particularly in New Zealand and Asia-Pacific contexts.

  • Courses include: Sustainability and business; Governance for sustainability and resilience; Ethics and sustainability; Sustainable business in a digital world; The economics of natural disasters and climate change; Resource markets and the environment—growth and environmental stewardship.

Whatever specialisation you choose, you’ll be learning from experts with a wealth of industry experience.

Last updated Jun 2020

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