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Our MBA programme

Our MBA has helped shape the lives and careers of many of New Zealand’s leading business decision makers. Studying for an MBA is a life-changing experience, it is a programme of professional and personal development that can transform your career and challenge you to achieve at the highest levels of business.

Future growth and economic prosperity will be driven by leaders who have the skills and knowledge to inspire excellence, growth and change while navigating a complex world. These are the skills and knowledge that are at the core of a University of Auckland MBA.

Our MBA graduates understand the theoretical and practical processes that will enable organisations to thrive in a climate of uncertainty. We challenge their thinking, refine their decision-making, accelerate their personal and professional development, extend their leadership skills and help them develop and strengthen their networks.

An MBA from the University of Auckland will give you confidence, capability and the capacity to take all professional challenges and opportunities head on.

New for 2019 – we are excited to offer a redesigned MBA programme in 2019.


Programme structure

Our integrative, flexible programme is designed for experienced professionals. Courses are taught over quarters, with classes delivered in weekend block format on a Friday afternoon and evening and all day Saturday.

The MBA programme is taught over six consecutive quarters (18 months) however, it may be possible to shorten this time to 12 months or extend it over 36 months if required. In each quarter (12 weeks), classes are delivered during weeks 1-10. In week 11 there are assessments and week 12 is a break.

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 allows for flexibility and ease of integration into your life.

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Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for admission to the University of Auckland MBA you will need to:

  • Have a relevant bachelors degree with a GPA of 5.0 or higher in at least 90 points in the most advanced courses

    OR

  • Have a bachelor degree and completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Business from this University  with a GPA of 5.0 or higher

    AND

Note: A relevant bachelors degree may be in business, engineering, humanities, sciences or technology.

Important dates

Application deadlines

13 April 2020 intake (Quarter Two): applications close 1 February 2020
28 September 2020 intake (Quarter Four): applications close 1 July 2020

  Quarter starts Quarter ends Exam date
Quarter One Mon 13/01/2020 Sat 21/03/2020 Sat 28/03/2020
Quarter Two Mon 13/04/2020 Sat 20/06/2020 Sat 27/06/2020
Quarter Three Mon 06/07/2020 Sat 12/09/2020 Sat 19/09/2020
Quarter Four Mon 28/09/2020. Sat 05/12/2020 Sat 12/12/2020

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Entrepreneurial practice


Koro Dickinson (MBA Alumnus)
Executive Officer
Chief Operations Auckland Council

Learning in action

The University of Auckland MBA programme offers students a unique experience, working with New Zealand companies in an advisory capacity to develop strategic recommendations for local or international growth. During the international client project students spend a week in an international market meeting distributors, interviewing clients and undertaking observational research. This provides students with a genuine insight into, and experience of, global business. Read the 2016 MBA Shanghai trip blogs MBA students explore economic gateway to Asia

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Learning in action

The University of Auckland MBA programme offers students a unique experience, working with New Zealand companies in an advisory capacity to develop strategic recommendations for local or international growth. During the international client project students spend a week in an international market meeting distributors, interviewing clients and undertaking observational research. This provides students with a genuine insight into, and experience of, global business. Read the 2016 MBA Shanghai trip blogs MBA students explore economic gateway to Asia

Koro Dickinson (MBA Alumnus) Executive Officer Chief Operations Auckland Council

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Our MBA cohort at a glance

Courses

The MBA programme requires the completion of 180 points comprising 16 courses (ten x 7.5 point courses, five x 15 point courses and one x 30 point course).

The 7.5 and 15 point courses can be taken in any order as long as they are available. In the final quarter of the MBA programme you will undertake a 30 point course which is a consulting project with New Zealand businesses, in New Zealand and internationally. This course also involves an international business trip.

Achieving excellence in an existing business: Build core technical and behaviour competence

Course code Course title Points Description
BUSMBA 750 Navigating the Business Environment
Course Outline
15 Critically evaluates the business environment from legal, economic, political and social perspectives, at both the national and international levels. Develops skills to identify and influence major constraints and opportunities, and to use this critical understanding in strategic decision-making.
BUSMBA 751 Financial Management and Control 15 Covers the process of financial management within a corporation and explores how the analysis of a range of financial information can be used to gain insights which enhance managerial decision making. Examines how value can be created for shareholders and other stakeholders through investment and financing decisions.
BUSMBA 752 Building Capabilities for Performance
Course Outline
15 Explores business strategies based on unique resources and capabilities, utilising perspectives from management and marketing. Develops skills to generate market intelligence, device strategies, manage intangible assets as well as relationships to external stakeholders.
BUSMBA 702 Managing Capacity and Inventory 7.5 Develops effective strategies for determining and allocating capacity and inventories to match supply and demand consistent with business strategy, cost factors, and uncertainty. Considers both manufacturing and services utilising perspectives from operations, accounting, and finance.
BUSMBA 704 Managing Talent in the 21st Century 7.5 Explores the factors that enable organizations to attract, keep and promote valued talent. Considers the role of technological developments in the definition and organization of work and the implications for individuals and organizations. Explores principles of human talent management within a context that is constantly changing.

Driving change: Apply sound and interactive business approaches and practices to drive growth and maintain relevance

Course code Course title Points Description
BUSMBA 753 Designing, Managing and Improving Business Processes 15 Explores leading and organising intra- and inter-organisational processes and systems, for effective production and delivery of goods and services meeting customer needs. Considers uncertain and complex business environments, along with operations and supply chain management ideas and technologies.
BUSMBA 701 Financial Return, Risk and Valuation 7.5 Examines factors that affect the value of real and financial assets and explores the relation between risk and return and its implications for asset values and the cost of capital. Includes coverage of models and techniques used for the valuation of real and financial assets.
BUSMBA 703 Globalising Mindsets 7.5 Develops skills to navigate the complexities of the global business environment. Critically evaluates differences in regulation, culture and customs in formulating strategies to reach overseas customers and navigate different business systems
BUSMBA 705 Approaches to Growth 7.5 Explores various strategic approaches to growth, drawing on strategic management and marketing. Develops skills to critically evaluate, develop and manage growth strategies that are appropriate for the given context.
BUSMBA 706 Innovating New Products and Services 7.5 Examines the processes that create successful new products and services and explores the development of appealing concepts, prototyping and testing, refinement, production and launch. Develops skills to create a refined concept for a new offering, and plans for processes required to execute its launch into the marketplace.
BUSMBA 707 Engaging Innovation Ecosystems 7.5 Provides a multi-disciplinary approach to build the practices of innovation, commercialisation, and corporate entrepreneurship. Examines the essential processes of open innovation, such as collaboration, knowledge sharing, and contracting.
BUSMBA 708 Leading and Managing Change 7.5 Critically evaluates the key determinants of successful organizational change including factors within the control of the change agent, including those that enable and constrain the actions of the change agent. Develops skills to initiate and manage change, and then to embed change in organizational systems and practices.

Thriving under complexity: Develop resilience, harness disruption and apply entrepreneurial practices domestically and internationally

Course code Course title Points Description
BUSMBA 760 Making Evidence-based Decisions Under Uncertainty 15 Develops highly specialised knowledge about decision making within organisations. Requires the critical synthesis and appraisal of different types of expertise and evidence in informing management practice. Prerequisite: At least 90 points from BUSMBA 701-759.
BUSMBA 709 Market Making and Market Shaping 7.5 Explores the factors that enable organizations to make and shape markets, drawing on the transdisciplinary science of systems theory. Develops skills to devise and implement strategies on a market or ecosystem level in uncertain and complex contexts.
OR
BUSMBA 710 Creative Disruption 7.5 Explores the main technological changes and other change forces impacting businesses and the wider society. Provides a multi-disciplinary approach to harnessing and fostering disruptive innovations.
BUSMBA 711 Organisational Resilience 7.5 Develops skills to critically assess current reality and understand ripple effects while scanning the horizon for long-term threats and opportunities. Develops skills to build individual and organizational resilience in a context that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.
OR
BUSMBA 712 Demographic Shifts 7.5 Develops a critical understanding of the changing demography of New Zealand and other nations and the implications for organizations. Identifies and critically evaluates organisational actions in anticipation of or in response to demographic shifts.
BUSMBA 712 Managing Entrepreneurial Growth Project 30 Provides a practical opportunity for participants to work with a New Zealand or international business on an advisory capacity to develop strategic recommendations for growth locally and internationally. Develops a hands-on multi-disciplinary approach to recognising, assessing, and marketing entrepreneurial opportunities for new products and services. Prerequisite: BUSMBA 760 and at least 90 points from BUSMBA 701-759.

Leadership coaching: Integrated journey across the programme

Course code Course title Points Description
BUSMBA 700 Coaching for Leadership 0 Develops skills to lead oneself, others and organisations in increasingly global, uncertain and complex business environments. Explores principles of effective leadership within a context that is constantly changing.

*Students need to complete 90 points from courses 701-753 before taking course 760, and complete 135 points before taking course 770

Please download the study plan for the Domestic MBA programme course structure.

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Fees

Indicative fees for the 180-point MBA for domestic students are NZ$41,695 (plus NZ$5000 for the international business trip, approximately $2500 for parking and textbooks etc and a Student Services Fee estimated at $1,271 for 180 points). Courses are paid per quarter.

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Our prospectus

The prospectus contains detailed information about the MBA programme which will help you with your decision-making. You can also share this information with your family and friends.

Employer guide

This guide will help you with discussions with your employer about the value of supporting you through an MBA. The guide also includes recommendations for successful sponsorship arrangements.

          

       

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