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Master of Health Service Management

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Take your career to the next level

Gain the expertise to advance your professional career through an internationally recognised masters qualification in health service management.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

The Master of Health Service Management is an advanced programme that gives you applied research and other health management skills to enable you to manage contemporary health issues.

Join one of the largest and most rapidly expanding fields of employment anywhere in the world.

If you work or plan to work in the health or disability sector, this qualification will give you an advantage in gaining positions in health service management.

Research-led and industry-focused

Massey lecturers and staff have a wide range of experience in the health industry across the medical, nursing, health informatics, management and policy development areas and in a variety of settings – community care, primary care and secondary care. They are also actively researching. This combination of new thinking and practical relevance makes graduates of this programme highly sought-after.

There are also opportunities to tailor your learning to apply to your own workplace or area of interest.

Expertise and focus

Massey’s business school is highly-regarded internationally, with accreditation from AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 300 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings).

We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration and finance programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

Relevant learning

You will examine contemporary, relevant issues in health service management and learn the skills to use the tools available to mitigate or deal with these issues in the workplace.

You will gain in-depth knowledge of, and skills in, areas such as health systems management, policy, economics, information management and informatics.

All your courses will contribute to educational requirements for continuing competence for medical and nursing health professional groups as required under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

Gain research expertise

You will complete a professional practice applied research project as part of this programme. You may choose to focus on an area of relevance to your own career. You will gain excellent research skills that can be applied to any health environment.

Effective communication and teamwork

You will also gain skills in clearly and concisely communicating findings in oral and written form. You will learn how to work independently and in/with teams and to interact effectively with colleagues, clients and other professionals in the field.

An international perspective

The Master of Health Service Management gives you knowledge and skills relevant to the health sector of any country.

This degree is an approved master’s degree for fellowship applications by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) and the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) (the latter depends on the proportion of health informatics taken as part of your master’s programme).

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload of this qualification replicates the high-pressure environment of senior roles in the health sector. Our experts are here to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that this programme demands more in-depth and independent study.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in a health-related area with excellent grades, or an undergraduate degree with significant health sector work experience
  • Are a manager or clinical leader seeking career progression in health service management (including health informatics)
  • Are interested in an applied qualification with a professional practice applied project
  • Have significant management experience in a non-health sector


Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

This qualification is relevant to you if you are working in, or aiming to work in, management or clinical leadership roles in any part of the health sector.

In the management area you may be working in general management, human resources, operations management and logistics, digital health or information technology. This is not an exhaustive list.

Clinical leads could be from medical, nursing, pharmacy or other allied health areas in District Health Boards (DHBs), Primary Health Organisations and non-government organisations (NGOs).

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

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