Waikato-Tainui MBA programme

Key facts

  • Residential kaupapa Maori programme
  • Next intake starts March 2018.
  • Teaching days (fortnightly): Fridays and Saturdays, 8.30am - 4.30pm
  • Taught at Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development in Hopohopu
  • 18 papers (240 points at 500 level)
  • Part One: April - December 2018
  • Part Two: February 2019 - June 2020
  • Includes an 8-10 day international study tour
  • Suitable for university graduates with at least 3 years' management experience
  • Open to New Zealand Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Fees: Part One: $16,670 - starting Feb/March 2018. Part Two: $30,651 - starting March/April 2018

Course outline

The Waikato-Tainui MBA programme is an award-winning masters programme delivered in a supportive kaupapa Maori learning environment.

It's designed for current and future business leaders who are interested in businesses that operate within a Maori or indigenous world view. It will propel you into senior leadership roles such as general manager or chief executive officer.

Since 2011, this programme has been jointly delivered by the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development in partnership with the University of Waikato. Established by the late Sir Robert Mahuta in 2000, the College is a tribal academic and research institution built to develop an international community of leading indigenous scholars.

Unlike other MBAs, the Waikato-Tainui MBA allows you to explore real-life business challenges in the Aotearoa-New Zealand context; including case studies of Maori and indigenous business organisations. In XXx, it won an international MBA Innovation Award from the London-based Association of MBAs - testament to the excellent quality of this programme and its curriculum content.

You'll gain expertise in best business practices, and learn how to implement value creation strategies that can radically transform organisations and the people within them. There is a strong focus on leadership development, as well as general management skills.

Part One will build your knowledge in all aspects of general management, giving you a holistic view of the organisation as a whole.

Part Two lifts your gaze to higher goals and asks whether you belong at the boardroom table. You'll also go on an international study tour, designed to provide insights into ways of doing indigenous business offshore.

Contact details


Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development
Phone: +64 7 824 5430