Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2019 Quarter One – 7 January
2020 Quarter One – 13 January
Available locations
Programme type
Taught options available

Programme overview

Part one of the programme provides you with intensive exposure to the facets of modern enterprise. Subjects range from finance to economics to operations and these are integrated in courses in marketing and strategy.

Parts two and three provide opportunities for you to focus on practical learning and apply your knowledge and skills to real-life business problems, often in group-based assignments and projects. You will also complete an applied international project.

Programme structure

There are two pathways to completing the University of Auckland MBA.

  • Weekend MBA pathway (240 points)
    This direct entry cohort is an intensive two-year programme and is delivered fortnightly. Classes are delivered in block format on alternate weeks: 1–7pm Fridays and 9–3pm Saturdays.
  • Weeknight MBA pathway (120 points)
    Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Business and meet the eligibility criteria can apply to study for a further year to complete the MBA. Classes are delivered in block format on two weeknights: 5.30–8.30pm.

2019 entry requirements

Programme requirements

Taught 240 points

The MBA is open to New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. You must have at least three years of practical work experience at senior management level and either:

  • a bachelors degree


  • a professional level qualification in a subject relevant to the programme


  • the Postgraduate Diploma in Business and have achieved at least a B average.

In exceptional circumstances, if you have not met any of the above requirements you may be admitted to the programme provided you have attained an equivalent qualification or relevant professional experience.

If you already hold a masters degree in the same (or substantially similar) field of study, you may not be eligible for this programme.

Further programme requirements

No further programme requirements.

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

2019 fees

The MBA is a 240 point part-time programme usually completed in two years.

Part I

The fee is NZ$18,250.80 (120 points).

Part II and III

The fee is NZ$27,796.80 (120 points).

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

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 $7.06 per point, estimated at $847.20 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

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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.

Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Quarter One 2019
1 November 2018

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

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:
Knowledge and practice
Building on your existing experience, you will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of general management theory and apply this effectively in a range of contexts.
Critical thinking
Effectively evaluate and synthesise evidence from multiple sources to develop coherent and evidence-based arguments.
Solution seeking
Identify, prioritise, frame and analyse complex problems, develop creative and practical solutions, and understand the impact and implications of planned implementation.
Communication and engagement
Work effectively in teams, influence and lead others, and engage varied audiences by communicating professionally using multiple formats.
Independence and integrity
Engage in independent and ethical decision-making and behaviour, demonstrating self-reflection and self-management in complex and ambiguous situations.
Social and environmental responsibility
Recognise, in relation to your field, the potential significance of the principles underpinning both the Treaty of Waitangi and sustainability, and demonstrate capability to shape business practice accordingly where appropriate.

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. The University of Auckland MBA programme provides 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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