Master of Management Studies

Set yourself up as a future business leader and rise to the top of your profession with specialist management expertise. Get the edge over other graduates with a Master of Management Studies from Waikato's Triple Crown Accredited business school.

Master of Management Studies

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.

The Master of Management Studies (MMS) degree will bring you closer to the frontiers of knowledge in your specialist field and prepare you for leadership roles that require a high level of critical thinking and information analysis.

This degree normally includes both taught and research papers, but can also be taken as a full research degree.

Study part-time or full-time for 1-2 years (120 or 180 points), starting in either February (A Semester) or July (B Semester). Normally all papers are taken within a single specialist subject or interdisciplinary area.

A new specialisation for the MMS is also available in Finance – Professional. This one-year programme (180 points) is aimed at those seeking industry-relevant skills and knowledge needed to build a professional career in the financial industry. It has a strong practical focus and is ideal for students who have never majored in Finance before.

The 11 required papers will develop your foundational knowledge of investments and financial markets, before introducing you to more advanced topics, such as derivative securities and advanced financial modelling. You will also have the opportunity to undertake an applied research project. See the Degree Structure tab and Finance subject requirements for details of papers.

Specialist subjects available:

  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness
  • Applied Economics and Finance
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Finance – Professional (specialisation)
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Management
  • Leadership Communication
  • Management and Sustainability
  • Management Systems
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Strategic Management
  • Tourism Management

Waikato has an international reputation

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, a Triple Crown international business school accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research, achieved by less than 1% of the world's business schools.

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting and Finance, and in the world's top 250 universities for Business & Management Studies and Economics, according to the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2017.

Cultural experience

Waikato Management School has a vibrant student culture that offers plenty of social and learning opportunities.

You can meet like-minded people through student clubs, such as:

  • Waikato Management School Students' Association (WMSSA)
  • Beta Alpha Psi - Waikato Chapter (Accounting club)
  • Economics Discussion Group
  • Management Communication Students Association (MCSA)
  • Te Ranga Ngaku - the Māori management student network
  • Pacific Islands Management Students Association (PIMSA)
  • Innovation Station Waikato
  • Social Innovation Waikato

For expert advice on writing essays and reports, contact our team of specialist teachers in the WMS Language and Learning Development Unit, located in the Management Student Centre (MSB1.50).

Admission and enrolment

You can apply for the MMS if you have:

  • Completed a bachelor's degree from Waikato Management School, or its equivalent, OR;
  • Completed an honours degree or postgraduate diploma in a relevant subject area (at least 120 points), AND;
  • Achieved at least a B grade average in the subject you intend to take for this qualification.
  • You can apply for the MMS – Finance – Professional (specialisation) if you have:
  • Completed a bachelor's degree from Waikato Management School, or its equivalent, OR;
  • Achieved a B-minus grade average in relevant commerce, management or business degree.

International students must have an equivalent qualification from a recognised university, and meet the English language requirements.

Admission to the programme does not automatically imply admission to particular papers, so you may need to complete some prerequisite papers first. See the catalogue of papers at

For more information, please refer to the degree regulations and the WMS Student Handbook.

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This course is Campus based
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1 - 2 years
- Domestic Fees: $7,433 (120 points) or $11,165 (180 points) / International Fees: $27,155 (120 points) or $40,735 (180 points)
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