Executive Master of Business Administration

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Gain relevant leadership expertise

The Massey University Executive MBA (EMBA) is a rigorous, challenging professional development qualification. Gain the relevant leadership expertise you need to progress your career.

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What is it like?

A rigorous, world-class programme

When you join Massey University’s Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) programme, you’ll become part of an internationally accredited business school and a demanding and comprehensive programme at a world-class level.

An EMBA that works for you

As a busy executive, we know you have limited time. We teach at multiple locations around New Zealand. We are the only EMBA provider with convenient weekend teaching. This ‘weekend EMBA’ gives you flexibility, allowing you to structure learning around your life, both professional and personal.

Small classes - with EMBA students only

The classes are specifically and solely for EMBA students, meaning learning is focused and relevant. This allows you to develop networks with relevant peers in your small group, who have common learning and career objectives.

The Massey Executive MBA programme is the longest continuously-running MBA programme in New Zealand (running since 1972) and has accumulated an extensive and illustrious network.

Progress your career

Our challenging and rigorous courses will help develop your critical and reflective skills, and enhance your business performance. You’ll emerge with a new confidence in your business practice and leadership skills and the ability to advance your career.

Broad-based learning

Unlike other business masterates that focus on a particular business discipline, the Massey Executive MBA will provide you with a broad foundation in applying the various business functions - accounting, finance, management, and marketing - to develop business strategies.

Our expertise - becomes your expertise

You are taught by selected academics, who are chosen for their ability to span the academic-practitioner divide. The latest research and business theory is shared with you through the international and New Zealand senior management experience of our lecturers. The Massey EMBA is a demanding programme where you will gain relevant in-depth knowledge of business administration today.

Become a leader

A key part of the EMBA is developing a deeper understanding of leadership and it’s function in business. In parallel with the academic programme, every part of your study will help you develop the skills necessary for enhancing business performance through effective management of people - the only real sustainable source of competitive advantage.

Immediately applicable

You will develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies required to have an immediate impact on your personal performance in the workplace, while you are studying.

Unique study tour

An international study tour is a unique highlight of the Massey Executive MBA. It is an opportunity for you to live and study together with your group, in an environment where you are away from the routines and pressures of work and home. The group visits large and small companies, focusing on learning from their strategic management and how companies overcame their challenges, both locally and globally.

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top two per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited..

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 250 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Our lecturers are actively researching, bringing the most relevant developments in business theory and practice to your study.

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Our suite of MBA programmes

Massey offers three different study options for those who wish to study towards an MBA.

Executive MBA

For students with significant work and management experience (7+ years full-time, with three of those in management). It is for those currently working full-time and involves regular weekend sessions. Teaching is face-to-face. Suitable for domestic students.


For students with 3+ years full-time work experience. Suitable for international and domestic students. There are two options for how you study:

  • Full-time mode: One year of face-to-face sessions which take place on a Tuesday-Thursday in Auckland.
  • Online mode: The MBA is available to study as a fully-online programme. This involves intense small-group and one-on-one interaction with tutors, mentors and students.

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A good fit if you:

  • Have significant work/management experience
  • Wish to develop new business competencies that you can apply immediately in senior leadership roles
  • Aspire to transition into a generalist chief executive or general manager position
  • Are looking for a programme with a flexible learning structure
Mark Young
Master of Business Administration
Corporate Manager - Toyota

“It was great to see some tangible benefits to the company as a direct result of doing my MBA…”

As Corporate Manager, Mark Young is in charge of planning, pricing, information services and environment at Toyota NZ.
After over a decade with Toyota and having worked his way up through the ranks of the company, Mark felt it was time for an external perspective so he decided to apply for a Massey Executive MBA.

“Basically I didn’t do much else for the two years but it was so completely worth it. The MBA teaches you how to manage your time and that every minute counts, I have a very different approach to allocating my time now.”

“There is never a good time to do your MBA, if you are waiting for the right time it will never happen. There are always barriers, if you want to do it, just go ahead and do it.”

International study tour

As part of the tour Mark travelled to a ‘Creative Factory’ in Rotterdam, an automotive University in Stuttgart and ‘Food Valley’ in The Netherlands, which is a profitable business built around a University. “It was an incredible experience all round, just to see what is happening overseas and to think how we could apply some of those concepts to New Zealand.”


Although he doesn’t consider himself naturally bright, Mark was determined to get the most out of the course and worked as hard as could on every course and assignment.  The final result of a distinction with ten A+ grades, is evidence of all his hard work.

“Over the period of the 25 months I identified things in my own behaviour that needed to change, things that help me to get the best out of other people. In that respect it has been invaluable.”

Mark believes that the programme has changed the way he thinks and how he reacts. “When you come out of an MBA you can think on your feet.”

The business models and theories Mark learned about on the course inspired him to make changes within Toyota.

“I had the confidence to apply these models to the way Toyota approached projects. The results were dramatic and we do things quite differently now. It was great to see some tangible benefits to the company as a direct result of doing my MBA."

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