Frequently Asked Questions


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Here are the answers to some of the questions we get asked most often.

Am I eligible to apply?

Postgraduate Diploma in Business (PGDipBus)

You are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and, at minimum, you will have completed a bachelors degree and at least two years of relevant experience, or have an approved professional qualification and at least two years relevant employment experience, or have completed at least five years of relevant employment experience. For the PGDipBus in Administration you are expected to have experience at middle management level.


A bachelors degree or an equivalent professional level qualification or completed the PGDipBus (and achieved a B average), and have at least three years of practical experience at a senior management level. All MBA students must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.


What is the general profile of my fellow MBA and PGDipBus students?

Postgraduate Diploma in Business (PGDipBus)

The PGDipBus students are professionals with a minimum of two years’ middle management experience who are looking to add depth to their business skills and move from mid to senior level roles. The average age of the PGDipBus student is 34 years with an average of 11 years’ professional work experience.


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. MBA students are an average of 41 years old and have around 18 years’ professional work experience.


Upon completion of the PGDipBus, can I apply for the MBA?

PGDipBus graduates who achieve a B average or higher are eligible to apply for the final year of the MBA programme. Applicants will also be required to attend an interview with the directors of the MBA programme, and any other assessment required, as part of the application process.


What is the real time commitment for the PGDipBus or MBA?

You will be actively involved in studying for 12 week quarters during the year.

PGDipBus class times: One weeknight 5.30-8.30pm.

For PGDipBus graduates who progress onto the final year of the MBA, classes are two weeknights 5.30-8.30pm.

MBA class times: Alternative Fridays 1-7pm and Saturdays 9am-3pm.

Each hour of lecture time requires two or three hours outside the classroom. This includes working in study groups and on group assignments at specific, mutually agreed times.

Completing your degree and getting the most out of the class experience demands a lot of your time. As such, you will need support from family and work colleagues to meet the commitment.


What size are the classes?

The PGDipBus and MBA class sizes 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 PGDipBus has two intakes annually in January and June.

The application closing dates are:

  • 1 May for students commencing the mid-year programme at the end of June
  • 1 November for students commencing the programme in the first week of January in the following year

The MBA has one intake annually in January.

The application closing date is:

  • 1 November for students commencing the programme in the first week of January in the following year


Can I get a student loan?

Yes, as long as you are studying at least 30 points in the calendar year, you are eligible for an interest-free loan for tuition fees. For more information and to apply for a loan, visit our Student Loans and Allowances page.


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 fail a course?

If you fail a course, you will have one chance to re-sit. If you are having problems with your course of study or family issues, staff and faculty at the University of Auckland Business School are here to help.


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 discretion, one opportunity to suspend your course of studies for a maximum period of one year.


Will my degree from an overseas university be enough to gain entry to the MBA?

There is a process to go through to verify international qualifications. For specific questions concerning your degree, please contact the University admissions office.


Is the MBA an Executive MBA?

Yes, the MBA at the University of Auckland is an Executive MBA. Like international Executive MBAs eligibility into the University of Auckland programme is offered part-time and is dependent on senior level professional experience.


What is the difference between the two MBA study clusters?

The MBA is divided into two streams, or cohorts (see definition below).

One stream is comprised of students doing the MBA over two years, this is designed for senior managers aged 35-50, who are direct entry MBA students. The programme is delivered in block form, on a Friday or Saturday every second week. The weekend block format enables students from throughout New Zealand to attend.

PGDipBus graduates, who have achieved a B or better average, can go on to the final year of an MBA. The PGDipBus graduates MBA programme is taught two nights per week. Students normally live within approximately 50km of the Business School.


What is an MBA or PGDipBus “cohort”?

The MBA and PGDipBus is taught by “cohort”. This means that the MBA and PGDipBus classes that start together, generally stay together throughout the programmes.

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:

Phone: +64 9 923 4503
WebsiteOnline 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 monthly Connect information-sessions to meet our administration team, teaching faculty, alumni and other prospective students.

For prospective MBA students we host two MBA for a Day “taster” programmes so you can experience first-hand if you are ready for the pace and intellectual rigour that our MBA can deliver.




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