Frequently Asked Questions
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MEET OUR STUDENTS
Inspirational individuals who have already chosen the MBA as part of their career trajectory talk about their experiences.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Here are the answers to some of the questions we get asked most often.
Am I eligible to apply?
You must have a bachelors degree or an equivalent professional level qualification, or completed the PGDipBus (and achieved a ‘B’ average or GPA of 5.0 and above), and have at least three years of appropriate management experience. Our MBA programme is open domestic students only.
What is the general profile of my fellow MBA students?
Our MBA students are generally professionals with at least three years’ senior level management experience who are in, or moving into, executive level roles and are looking to deepen their executive level competencies and leadership skills. On average, MBA students who come into our programme are 37 years old and have 10 years’ professional work experience.
What is the real time commitment for the MBA?
You will be actively involved in studying for 12-week quarters during the year.
MBA class times: Every fortnight; Fridays 12–4pm and 4:30–830pm, and Saturdays 8:30am–12:30pm and 1-5pm
Study at this level requires a significant time commitment. However, not all your study hours are spent in a classroom and this allows for flexibility to fit study around family and work commitments. For example a 15-point course requires 150 hours of learning over a 12-week quarter. Of those hours, 40 are delivered in class and the rest comprise reading, assignments, reflection and self-study, which allow for flexibility and ease of integration into your life.
What size are the classes?
The MBA class size vary from 20 to 40 students. As students are selected on academic achievement, experience and leadership qualities, numbers can vary year to year.
When can I start?
The MBA has two intakes annually in April (Quarter 2) and September (Quarter 4).
- 1 February for students commencing the programme in Quarter 2.
- 1 July for students commencing the programme in Quarter 4.
Can I get a student loan?
Student loans are only available for domestic students. As long as you are studying at least 30 points in the calendar year, you are eligible for a student loan for tuition fees. For more information and to apply for a loan, visit our Student Loans and Allowances page.
How much does it cost?
Are all students eligible for a student loan?
Only New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are eligible for a student loan.
What happens if I get ill or am unable to continue with my studies for a period of time?
If you become ill or have compelling reasons for temporarily suspending your MBA, the Director of Academic Programmes is authorised to allow you, at his/her discretion, one opportunity to suspend your course of studies for a maximum period of one year.
Is the MBA an Executive MBA?
The MBA at the University of Auckland is designed for experienced professionals. Like international Executive MBAs, eligibility into the University of Auckland programme is offered part-time and is dependent on your relevant management experience.
What is an MBA “cohort”?
The MBA is taught by “cohort”. This means that the MBA class starts together and generally stays together throughout the programme.
Substantial research indicates that adult students who consistently work together get greater benefit from interaction in the classroom. This increases the quality of the work produced by students and also offers a much stronger opportunity to form long lasting relationships with peers.
Who can I contact for more information?
Contact the Graduate School of Management by phone, email or online form as follows:
- 09 923 1535 (within Auckland)
- 0800 61 62 63 (outside Auckland)
- +64 9 923 1535 (overseas)
Website: Online enquiry form
We are happy to meet you for a one-to-one discussion about your options and you can also attend one of our Connect! information sessions to meet our team and other prospective students.
For prospective MBA students, we host two MBA Tasters so you can experience first-hand if you are ready for the pace and intellectual rigour that our MBA offers.