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Our MBA programme

Join other New Zealand and international students to do an MBA here in the ‘global south’ and you will enjoy a life-changing experience. This programme of professional and personal development has helped shape the lives and careers of many leading business decision-makers in New Zealand (NZ) and around the world.

If your career would benefit from exposure to an entrepreneurially-minded market like NZ, that thrives despite its distance from complex global markets, the University of Auckland MBA may be right for you.

Experience first-hand why the University of Auckland Business School is one of the top 1% of business schools worldwide that have been awarded the coveted “triple crown” by the foremost global accrediting agencies.


Programme structure

Our integrative, flexible programme is designed for experienced professionals. MBA courses are taught over quarters (12 weeks per quarter) for the duration of the programme. Classes are delivered in weekend block format on a Friday afternoon and evening and all day Saturday.

12-month pathway: Weekly weekend block over 10 weeks, plus one assessment week and one break week.

It is possible to complete the MBA over 18 months (fortnightly weekend block over 10 weeks, plus one assessment week and one break week).

25% of the programme is delivered in class, using interactive and experience-based learning, workshop-style activities, discussion of cases, simulations, and action learning projects. The remaining time is spent undertaking independent student-led learning and group work. This allows for flexibility and ease of integration into our students’ lives.

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Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to the University of Auckland MBA you must have:

  • A relevant bachelors degree in business from a recognised University with a GPA of at least a 5.0 in the most advanced courses
  • At least three years’ relevant management experience
  • A GMAT score of at least 550 within the past 5 years
  • An Academic IELTS Certificate (score of 6.5, with all bands of at least 6.0)
  • Successfully completed all application requirements (see the international application checklist and recommendation)

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

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

Programme overview

The MBA programme requires the completion of 16 courses (10 x 7.5 point courses, 5 x 15 point courses and one x 30 point course), totalling 180 points.

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 work alongside a New Zealand or international business in an advisory capacity, developing strategic recommendations for growth locally and/or internationally. This quarter may also involve 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
Course Outline
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 unhttps://www.mba.auckland.ac.nz/files/2019/05/BUSMBA-750-Course-Outline-Q2-2019.pdfique 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
Course Outline

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
Course Outline
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.
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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 770 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 701-759 before taking course 760, and complete 135 points before taking course 770.

*Please download the study plan for international students.

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Fees

Tuition fees for the 180-point MBA for international students are NZ$68,367 (plus approximately NZ$5,000 for the international business trip). These are indicative fees (including the Student Services Fee) likely to be applicable for the September 2019 intake only. To meet visa requirements, you will need to pay your fees in full for the first calendar year of study.

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Important dates

Application deadlines

13 April 2020 intake (Quarter Two): applications close 1 November 2019
28 September 2020 intake (Quarter Four): applications close 1 February 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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Our programme flyer


The flyer contains information to help you with decision-making, and to share your potential commitment to an MBA with family and friends.

          

       

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