Get the business edge with a 1-year masters degree

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Whether you want to advance your business career or expand your job opportunities, our one-year masters degrees and graduate diplomas will give you the skills to impress future employers.

The next intakes for these programmes start in November, January or March.

Waikato Management School is ranked in the top 1% of business schools globally, with prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation for our quality of teaching and research.

A qualification from our Management School will set you up with the business skills and knowledge that are in-demand both in New Zealand and overseas.

We're also ranked in the world's top 250 universities for Business and Management Studies and Economics, with top 150 rankings for Accounting, Finance, and Tourism & Hospitality Management (QS World University Subject Rankings 2017).

Need advice on your options? Talk to our friendly advisers in the Management Student Centre.

Phone 0800 654 303 or or email or come along to an information session.

Postgraduate Study

Our world-class masters programmes are innovative, challenging and give you the practical and theoretical expertise to take your career to the next level. We offer a range of intensive courses, including our accelerated Master of Professional Accounting and our cutting-edge Master of Digital Business, which features an industry internship.

Master of Professional Accounting

Waikato’s Master of Professional Accounting is an internationally recognised qualification (CAANZ, CPA Australia and ACCA) that will prepare you to launch a professional career as a provisional Chartered Accountant after just 14 months of study!

You will develop advanced skills and knowledge in all the core areas of accounting and business, apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to practical accounting situations. Starts November or January.

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Master of Digital Business

Learn how digital technology is rapidly changing the business environment with a specialised master’s degree in this cutting-edge field. Develop the expertise to bridge the knowledge gap between IT and management. Study online or on-campus, starting February or July.

You'll gain advanced knowledge of how the latest digital and e-commerce technologies – such as big data, gamification and beacon technology - are transforming business operations across all industries. Develop the management skills to lead digital transformation strategies on behalf of public and commercial organisations.

The professional stream features an industry internship working at a company of your choice for 2-3 months.

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Master of Business and Management

A transformative 12-month business masters degree starting in November or March each year - open to graduates of any discipline, from arts to science.

Equip yourself with a comprehensive understanding of the global business environment and develop the professional skills and personal attributes to successfully lead organisations in today’s dynamic, technologically competitive markets.

Includes an industry placement at a relevant workplace, and a 'Dragon's Den'-style business competition.

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Graduate Diploma

Looking to quickly acquire new skills to build an amazing new career? Stuck in a job that no longer satisfies you?

A Graduate Diploma offers you a one-year pathway to rapidly gain expertise in a specialist area of business that you're excited about, but have never studied before at university.

A Graduate Diploma consists of eight undergraduate papers (120 points) in a single subject. It's a smart way to switch careers when you already have a bachelor's degree in a different field.

Part-time study options are available to help you juggle work and family life.

At Waikato Management School, we offer Graduate Diplomas in:

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Looking for study advice? Come and talk to our friendly team of advisers in the Management Student Centre, phone 0800 654 303 or email