Duration
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2024 Quarter Three – 1 July; 2025 Quarter Two – 31 March
Available locations
Auckland Online
Points
180
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught options available

Programme overview

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.

In 2024, we're excited to launch our remote-first MBA. With our cutting-edge MBA delivered online, you can access world-class education from anywhere in New Zealand and beyond. Not only does this mean unparalleled flexibility for you, but it also represents a significant step towards sustainability by saving precious time and resources. Experience a vibrant, interactive online learning environment anytime and anywhere, through our remote-first MBA.

Successfully completing our MBA will give you confidence, capability and the capacity to meet all professional challenges and opportunities head on.

Note: This programme is open to domestic students only. The information on this page is for new applicants only.

Programme structure

Our online MBA programme is taught on a quarter-based system for the duration of the programme.

Each quarter consists of online classes delivered weekly in the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

In the final quarter of the MBA programme you will have a practical opportunity to work alongside a New Zealand or international business in an advisory capacity, to develop strategic recommendations for growth locally and/or internationally. This quarter may also involve an international business trip. 

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Sample programme structure

Standard structure for completion of MBA (18 months) starting in Quarter Three.

Qtr 3 2024 30 points

  • Code:
    BUSMBA 720
    Name:
    Leading in Complexity
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    BUSMBA 721
    Name:
    Te Ao Māori Business
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts

Qtr 4 2024 60 points

  • Code:
    BUSMBA 722
    Name:
    Aotearoa NZ’s Unique Legal Landscape
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    BUSMBA 724
    Name:
    Navigating the Economic Environment
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    BUSMBA 730
    Name:
    MBA Capstone Consultancy Project
    Type:
    *Please note: You will undertake this course in Quarter 4 of the following year. Prerequisites must be completed.
    Points:
    30 pts

Qtr 1 2025 30 points

  • Code:
    BUSMBA 723
    Name:
    Strategy in Dynamic Markets
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    BUSMBA 725
    Name:
    Accounting & Finance
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts

Qtr 2 2025 30 points

  • Code:
    BUSMBA 726
    Name:
    Analytics for Business Decisions
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    BUSMBA 727
    Name:
    Delivering Value Through Operations
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts

Qtr 3 2025 30 points

  • Code:
    BUSMBA 728
    Name:
    Creating Value Through Innovation
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    BUSMBA 729
    Name:
    Global Success and Scaling Up
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts

2024 entry requirements

Programme requirements

Domestic applicants:

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

  • A relevant bachelors degree from a recognised university with a GPA/GPE of 5.0 or higher in at least 60 points in the most advanced courses
  • Or completed a postgraduate diploma or masters degree from this University, or equivalent, with a GPA/GPE of 5.0 or higher
  • Or been awarded a PhD from this University, or equivalent
  • Or a relevant bachelors degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Business from this University with a GPA of 5.0 or higher 

Further programme requirements

Domestic applicants:

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

  • Have gained at least three years’ relevant management experience 
  • And demonstrated appropriate qualities as determined by the Faculty of Business and Economics. This will normally involve an interview, provision of references and may include tests of aptitude
  • Successfully complete all application requirements
For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Master of Business Administration cost per year?

2024 fees

Indicative fees for the 180-point MBA (1.5 years) for domestic students are NZ$43,727.45 (plus approximately $2,500 for parking and textbooks etc and a Student Services Fee estimated at $1,271 for 180 points). Courses are paid per Quarter.

For more information on the full tuition fees for the MBA programme, please visit the MBA website.

Domestic students
NZ$30,792*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.88 per point, estimated at $1,065.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

Find out about financial support information

Scholarships and awards

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Student loans and allowances

Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan or allowance.

Cost of living

Get an idea of how much accommodation and general living in Auckland will cost.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

The Master of Business Administration is only available to domestic applicants. For more information about the definition of a domestic applicant, please see Domestic or international status.

Application closing dates

Quarter Three 2024
10 June 2024
For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Developing your skills and capabilities

The Business School is committed to giving you opportunities to develop as a scholar, leader, innovator and global citizen.
As you study towards your MBA you can expect to develop capabilities that will enhance your career and help you make a positive impact on society. You will acquire these capabilities from your courses and through participation in a range of co-curricular activities.
While enhancing your critical thinking and analytical skills, your studies will equip you with strong communication, teamwork and leadership skills as well as cross-cultural understanding.
A MBA graduate is expected to have skills and capabilities in the following areas:

People and place
You will be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge to work in culturally diverse and inclusive domestic and global business environments, as well as conversant with Māori knowledge, values and principles, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Knowledge and practice
Demonstrate advanced knowledge and application of general business management and leadership theory and practice in current domestic and global management contexts.
Critical thinking
Effectively analyse, synthesise and evaluate ideas and information from multiple sources to develop coherent and evidence-based managerial decisions for the benefit of all stakeholders.
Solution seeking
Demonstrate innovation and entrepreneurship in their problem-solving, consider multiple perspectives, and investigate ways of resourcing and implementing solutions under uncertainty.
Communication
Communicate professionally using a range of technologies and formats to engage diverse audiences. They demonstrate the skills to negotiate and persuade effectively.
Collaboration
Graduates collaborate effectively and professionally in diverse teams, maintaining positive relationships (whanaungatanga).
Ethics and Professionalism
Work with integrity, demonstrating self-management and respect (manaakitanga). They demonstrate a capacity for independent thought and lifelong learning, and the ability to influence others.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

MBA study is a life-changing experience. It is not about simply acquiring a set of professional skills. It is an important transitional stage in both personal and professional development as a leader and decision maker. You will gain not only the practical skills required to lead a business, but the confidence with which to apply them.

Student career planning service

Once you become a student at the University, you can get help with planning and developing your career from Career Development and Employability Services.

Our Business School ASB Careers Centre will help get your career in business off to a strong start. You can access programmes, workshops and one-on-one support. You will be given opportunities to network with employers to increase your knowledge of the local business environment. Visit the Business School ASB Careers Centre.

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