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Waikato Management School - New Zealand's leading business school

Our purpose:

We empower people to grow thriving businesses, a thriving society, and a thriving world. 

At Waikato Management School our role is to empower the person – be they a student, staff member, or one of our local and global community - by growing knowledge, capability and character, so they can make a positive impact in all three domains.


Who we are:

We are a community of staff, students and stakeholders who care deeply about the positive impact that a world-class education and research have on Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.

Deeply connected to our home, we are also an international community focused on globally important issues.

We were also one of the first business schools to adopt sustainability right at the centre of our strategy. This fits well with the ethos of our people and it continues to drive our strategic direction into the future.

Waikato Management School (WMS) was the first business school in New Zealand to achieve Triple Crown Accreditation in 2005 – something we still have today. This is an international benchmark of excellence in business education that puts us in an elite group of the top 1% of all 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.


Our Strategy:

There are four Strategic Paths of our strategy:


1) World Leading Expertise

Growing knowledge to create a thriving world through:

  • World class research
  • World class teaching

2) Real World Experiences

Supercharge careers and impact through:

  • Experiential learning to build capability and character
  • Connecting our academic learning with the world of practice

3) Deep Connections

Connecting with business and society to amplify impact through:

  • Creating stronger connections with stakeholders & alumni
  • Building the WMS brand & recruitment
  • Growing our international partnerships & recruitment
  • Growing executive education

4) Great People

Doing great things through:

  • Developing a culture of high performance and engagement
  • Improving our management systems to drive innovation and delivery

To learn more about Waikato Management School's 2022 Strategy click here.


Watch Matt Bolger discuss our WMS Strategic Plan

Triple Crown Accreditation puts us in the top 1%

Waikato Management School is a member of an elite group of business schools that have earned Triple Crown Accreditation; an international acknowledgement of excellence in business education earned by only 1% of the world's business school's globally.

We are accredited to AACSB (The United States-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) as the world's longest-established assessor of business education, EQUIS (The European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (The Association of MBAs).



Executive Education

Our business expertise is highly sought-after by industry and corporate partners. Our academic staff consult to major companies and sit alongside senior executives on advisory boards and government taskforces.

Waikato Management School offers an extensive range of executive qualifications, ranging from the Waikato MBA through to tailored training programmes and executive short courses for large corporate organisations and SMEs.