Master of Health Service Management

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Entry requirements

Applicants for the Master of Health Service Management must meet the following requirements:

  • a relevant Bachelor’s degree, having achieved a grade average of at least a B- in the highest level courses, or equivalent; or
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Service Management with a B- grade average, or equivalent.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

Students who wish to meet the requirements for accreditation by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) must complete all of the following courses in Part One of the programme: 152.742, 157.701, 178.718, 152.743.

The programme of study for students who have a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Service Management will consist of courses totalling at least 120 credits from the Schedule to the Degree, including Part Two as specified.

Students who have been awarded a Massey University PGDipHSM with a B- average may be permitted to surrender that qualification in order to transfer completed credits into the MHSM, provided it is within 5 years of completing the PGDipHSM.

Students who have completed Part One for the MHSM but do not progress to Part Two will be able to exit with a PGDipHSM.


Delivery of all courses in the degree, including the Research Report, will be by distance mode. Some courses may also be offered by Block mode. 

The qualification being offered by distance means it is accessible to anyone in New Zealand and in fact, anywhere in the world. The programme is also tailored around part-time study, since the majority of students will be employed full-time.

The Professional Practice course is intended to be delivered in an applied format if the student is currently employed in a suitable organisation. If this is not the case, students will be presented with an appropriate case study to which they can apply the theories they have learned throughout the programme.


The Research Report course option is intended for those students who cannot take the Professional Practice course or who wish to progress to PhD study.

Master of Health Service Management structure

The Master of Health Service Management is a parts-based programme of study, which consists of courses totalling at least 180 credits comprising:

  • Part One and Part Two as defined by the Schedule to the Degree;
  • For progression from Part One to Part Two, students must achieve a grade average of at least a B- over the Part One courses.

In cases of sufficient merit, the MHSM may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


Part One (120 credits)

Compulsory Courses (60 credits):
152.742 Health Systems Management
157.701 Health Information Management

Subject Courses – Select two courses (60 credits) from:
152.707 Leading and Changing Organisations
152.743 Health Law and Policy
152.746 Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management
168.711 Health Research Design and Method
178.718 Health Economics

Any candidate intending to undertake the Research Report in Part Two must include 168.711

Part Two (60 credits)

Entry to Part Two requires a B- average in Part One:
152.894 Professional Practice (60 credits)
152.896 Research Report (60 credits)

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

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