Pro Vice-Chancellor's Welcome

As New Zealand’s leading business school, our foundation is built on academic excellence, and innovation.

Deliberate in the intention to change the model of management and business education in New Zealand, founders of Waikato Management School in 1972 were focused on creating an educational experience that went beyond teaching the traditional subjects.

Taking skills from the classroom and applying them in the real world was fundamental to the students’ journey, and we have continued that path ever since. What sets us apart is our drive to be leaders and innovators in experiences that build character, which amplify the impact our students bring to businesses and wider society.

Our lecturers are sought-after researchers and consultants, with links to leading companies and government agencies around the world. They are constantly responding to complex global issues meaning our students are learning from experts in the field, who are at the forefront of new thinking in business and management.

It is this drive to innovative that is embedded in the WMS DNA and has led to so many great achievements over the last 50 years.

  • WMS was the first business school in New Zealand to achieve Triple Crown Accreditation, which we still hold today, and it places us in the top 1% of business schools globally.
  • In 2021 WMS was ranked number one in New Zealand for Business and Economics in the Global Times Higher Education Subject Rankings.
  • We were the first business school in New Zealand to launch an innovative four-year Bachelor of Management Studies degree – the BMS, which is still know widely today as a premium degree within New Zealand.
  • We were also one of the first business schools to adopt sustainability at the centre of our strategy, which fits well with the ethos of our people, and continues to drive our direction into the future.

Matt Bolger
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Waikato Management School