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If you're looking to accelerate your professional career by gaining expertise in an area of business you're passionate about, or want to prepare for a PhD or research career, this degree is designed for you. Read more

If you're looking to accelerate your professional career by gaining expertise in an area of business you're passionate about, or want to prepare for a PhD or research career, this degree is designed for you.

The Master of Management Studies (MMS) degree will bring you closer to the frontiers of knowledge in your specialist field, and prepare you for leadership roles that require a high level of critical thinking and information analysis.

This degree normally includes both taught and research papers, but can also be taken as a full research degree.

Study part-time or full-time for 1-2 years (120 or 180 points), starting in either February (A Semester) or July (B Semester). Normally all papers are taken within a single specialist subject or interdisciplinary area.

MMS in Finance - Professional (Currently not available, a revised version will be offered in September 2018)

This one-year taught masters specialist programme is not currently available for new enrolments. However, a revised version will be offered, starting in September 2018. Further details will be announced soon.

This one-year programme (180 points) is aimed at those seeking industry-relevant skills and knowledge needed to build a professional career in the financial industry. It has a strong practical focus and is ideal for students who have never majored in Finance before.

The 11 required papers will develop your foundational knowledge of investments and financial markets, before introducing you to more advanced topics, such as derivative securities and advanced financial modelling. You will also have the opportunity to undertake an applied research project. See the Degree Structure tab and Finance subject requirements for details of papers.

Specialist subjects available:

Waikato has an international reputation

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, a Triple Crown international business school accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research, achieved by less than 1% of the world's business schools.

In the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2017, we're ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting and Finance, and in the world's top 250 for Business & Management Studies, and Economics & Econometrics.

And in the Eduniversal Best Masters Rankings 2017, our Master of Management Studies is ranked in the world's top 100 universities for the following specialist fields: Agribusiness (39th overall); Management and Sustainability (57th overall); and Tourism and Hospitality Management (32nd overall).

We also scored a Top 25 Oceania ranking for our masters programmes in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Management, Leadership Communication, Management Systems, and Marketing.



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The Master of Engineering Studies in Construction Management provides graduates with an in-depth understanding of the construction management discipline applied in the modern construction industry. Read more

The Master of Engineering Studies in Construction Management provides graduates with an in-depth understanding of the construction management discipline applied in the modern construction industry.

The construction and engineering industry is highly dynamic, complex and unpredictable. It involves the delivery of public and private projects that try to satisfy a wide number of different stakeholder requirements, from economic to environmental.

Industry is demanding radical change through new sets of skills, knowledge and capabilities in order to dramatically improve performance and competitiveness.

The Master of Engineering Studies in Construction Management is supported by industry, including organisations such as Fletcher Building.

Graduates will be equipped with skills and knowledge for a career as a construction manager within the New Zealand and international construction industries.

CIOB accredited

The University of Auckland holds the Chartered Institute of Building's (CIOB) Accredited Centre status and received CIOB accreditation for the Master of Engineering Studies in Construction Management in 2014 for a period of five years. This is the first CIOB-accredited masters degree in New Zealand. This institute is the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. 

Accreditation is a seal of approval for the University of Auckland signifying that it reaches the highest standards of governance, quality assurance and resource management. Prospective members holding this qualification have full academic exemption and may enter CIOB membership at incorporate level (ICIOB) without the requirement for an individual assessment. After gaining some practical experience and success at a 'professional review' of their skills, they can become a member, which is a chartered grade of the CIOB.

Programme outline

  • One year full-time, or part-time over 2-4 years. Approximately half of the students on our programme are working part-time, sponsored by their employers.
  • Consists of eight courses on a range of topics in construction management. There are three core papers and a range of electives. See course list for information on electives.
  • Optional projects can be taken to study a subject in greater depth, and such projects may be undertaken in conjunction with the student’s industrial sponsor. You will need approval for these projects.
  • The Work Based Learning course is aligned to the IPENZ professional competencies and will help a student in preparation toward CPEng.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the programme are confident women and men, equipped with skills and knowledge to meet the challenges they will face in their future careers. Our graduates typically:

  • Have well developed critical thinking skills.
  • Hold in-depth knowledge of new concepts from leading research.
  • Are able to apply a range of management skills, approaches and techniques.
  • Are attractive to employers who are looking for professionals who are passionate about their disclipline, and have taken to necessary steps to complement their technical training with a management qualification.

A graduate from the programme will have substantially increased understanding of project and programme management in construction; funding and procurement processes in New Zealand and worldwide; engineering risk management and cost engineering of the construction process.

Graduates will be provided with the knowledge and skills to equip them for a career as a construction manager within the New Zealand and international construction industries.



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A unique qualification. The Master of Engineering Studies (Life Cycle Management) is part of a group of unique qualifications at Massey - we are the only New Zealand university to offer postgraduate qualifications in environmental life cycle management. Read more

A unique qualification

The Master of Engineering Studies (Life Cycle Management) is part of a group of unique qualifications at Massey - we are the only New Zealand university to offer postgraduate qualifications in environmental life cycle management.

Find out more about the Master of Engineering Studies parent structure.

The Master of Engineering Studies (Life Cycle Management) is a unique postgraduate programme in New Zealand. 

This qualification is suitable if you either have an undergraduate degree and wish to specialise in environmental footprinting and life cycle management, or you have found yourself working in a related role and need to upskill. You do not have to have an engineering degree to enrol.

What is life cycle management?

Life cycle management is about improving the environmental profile of a product from extraction of raw materials through manufacture, distribution, use and on to waste management.

Critical thinking and skills

Let our experts help you develop your own expertise. You will learn the theory and practice behind life cycle management and environmental footprinting from lecturers who have been working internationally, contributing to research and the development of life cycle management standards.

When you have completed this programme you will be able to undertake life cycle assessment and related environmental footprinting studies.

You will learn how to critically evaluate the LCA system modeling options available for a decision situation and evaluate the role of alternative life cycle based approaches in environmental management.

Real-world learning

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the theory of life cycle management and environmental footprinting - but also focus on practical information that can be applied to real-world situations. 

You are encouraged to apply the skills developed during the programme in real-life situations during exercises and assignments.

Flexibility

You can study towards the Master of Engineering Studies on campus, or study via our distance learning. This gives you the flexibility to remain in full-time employment while studying. Massey University has been offering distance education for over 50 years and you will be able to take advantage of our well-developed systems for teaching and learning.

Dig deeper

The life cycle management major includes an optional research project, where you can either investigate a topic you are interested in, or work with us to develop an industry-relevant piece of work.

A year full time

The Master of Engineering Studies is a 120 credit qualification able to be completed in one year full-time, or part-time between 2.5 and five years..

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Engineering Studies will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.



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The Master of Management Studies (MMS) is a highly regarded postgraduate management qualification for good recent graduates in any discipline. Read more
The Master of Management Studies (MMS) is a highly regarded postgraduate management qualification for good recent graduates in any discipline. In the past, science graduates in biology, chemistry, computer science, technology, engineering, building science, geography, etc. have chosen the MMS as a way to gain managerial skills and knowledge that complements their scientific/technical training.

For students with a mathematical, quantitative or analytical background, a range of elective courses allow them to gain a greater understanding of managerial decision analysis skills, particularly qualitative methods.

Similarly, for Arts and Humanities graduates, the MMS provides a programme that can help them draw on their undergraduate background in combination with faculty members studying creative management, leadership, innovation and change.

The Victoria Management School also offers postgraduate courses in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations that may complement the MMS core or optional coursework.

Graduates of other degrees may also find the study of management at the postgraduate level an advantageous option for their career.

Programme Structure

The MMS programme consists of courses and research. It has a core of five courses that provide a foundation for students to build from when choosing elective courses. The foundation courses cover a variety of management research areas including organisation dynamics, strategic management, systems thinking, and managerial decision making.

A research methods course and a research paper complete the core. These courses prepare MMS students for undertaking some academic research which is a required element of the programme.

The remainder of the programme of courses and research projects can be tailored to your individual interests, with Part 1 requiring 3 additional courses selected from a wide range of existing management postgraduate courses or other Master's courses. The MMS is designed for flexibility so that students have the potential to theme their programme to match individual interests.

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Effective leadership, better management, positive change. Enhance your career prospects and learn to make organisations work better with postgraduate studies in Public Management at Victoria's . Read more

Effective leadership, better management, positive change

Enhance your career prospects and learn to make organisations work better with postgraduate studies in Public Management at Victoria's School of Government. Find out how to lead people and make change happen.

Become an effective public manager and build your ability to influence the strategic and operational direction of public sector organisations. Learn about governance and public sector reform, and how to manage budgets, finances and organisational capital.

Gain the knowledge and skills to design and implement innovative and effective programmes and services, including planning, service delivery and monitoring and evaluation.

Diploma and Certificate programmes

As well as the Master of Public Management we have some shorter postgraduate Public Management qualifications. Depending on your goals you can opt for the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma and use them as stepping stones towards the Master's degree or build your capability by upskilling with these valuable courses.

Well-connected

Victoria is the only New Zealand university that is connected to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZOG)—so you know your qualification is of the highest standard.

Your lecturers are actively involved in public and non-profit service, exchanging ideas on key policy and management issues. They're connected to decision makers from local, regional and national government, giving you the opportunity to meet and learn from those in the know.

International students, global insights

Be part of a school that attracts not only local professionals but a talented group of international students—many highly experienced employees of government organisations in their own countries. Take advantage of the diverse experience in public policy and public management these students take to the classroom—providing valuable insights and bringing the comparative perspective alive.

What you'll study

The MPM will give you the skills and capability to understand the theory and practice of public management and boost your performance as a manager.

Your studies will include:

  1. Three foundation courses that examine government and governing in modern societies, government and the economy, and policy and management practice.
  2. Four core courses–you'll study governance and public sector reform, and strategic and financial management. You'll also learn about planning and service delivery, human resources and monitoring and evaluation.
  3. A research project that leads to a report on a specific topic in public management.
  4. Three other courses–choose from a variety of courses according to your interests and career goals—like public sector law, economics, policy analysis or politics and philosophy.

The Diploma programme requires you do seven foundation and core courses and one more course of your choice, and Certificate students do four foundation and core courses.

How you'll learn

Courses are delivered in a Block, Intensive or Weekly format.

Block format

These courses have 24 hours of structured class time, which are broken up into three separate days of six hours each. There are also six hours of structured class work, which may be delivered face-to-face or online.

Intensive format

These courses have a minimum of 24 hours' class time. They are delivered over four consecutive days, or two blocks of two consecutive days with about six weeks in between. Attendance is required on all course days.

Weekly format

Weekly courses take place during the standard university trimester periods. These courses are held weekly in the evening.

You can check the course schedules in the School of Government Postgraduate Prospectus. Whatever format your course is delivered in, you need to attend all of the classes to pass and to get the most out of your study.

Study while you work

The block format of the classes means you can fit your study commitments around your work and home life. If you're struggling at any time, just let us know—we want your study to be a success.

Workload

If you are studying fulltime you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–25 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full-time.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.

Duration

You can usually complete the Master of Public Management in three or four trimesters over two years, when studying full time. If you're studying part time, the MPM can usually be completed in six trimesters over three years.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management can usually be completed in four trimesters over two years.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Public Management is usually completed in two trimesters over one year.

Top locations

Surrounded by Parliament Buildings, government offices and corporate headquarters, you'll benefit from the strong links the School of Government maintains with the industry.

Community

Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues.

There will be opportunities to attend events, workshops, social functions and seminars such as the Student Learning Postgraduate Research skills sessions. You'll also have access to the the postgraduate student workspace on the 2nd floor of Rutherford House—make use of the spacious computer lab, meeting rooms, printer and small kitchen.

The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information on study at Victoria and provides a voice for you on campus.

Careers

If you're wanting a career or are already working in the government and non-government sectors, a Public Management qualification is a good choice.

You could find management work in central, local or regional government, in business, not-for-profits, consultancies and for iwi. You might also work as a researcher, advocate, campaign coordinator, lobbyist, strategist or planner.



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A unique programme. Gain an in-depth understanding of global energy management issues and the tools to design more effective energy programmes with the Master of Engineering Studies (Energy Management). Read more

A unique programme

Gain an in-depth understanding of global energy management issues and the tools to design more effective energy programmes with the Master of Engineering Studies (Energy Management).

Find out more about the Master of Engineering Studies parent structure.

In the energy management major of the Master of Engineering Studies, you will gain an detailed understanding of energy efficiency, looking at detail of energy use in industry and commercial settings, as well as tools for energy systems analysis and efficient building design.

A unique qualification

It is a unique postgraduate programme in New Zealand. Taught in conjunction with world-renowned Murdoch University in Australia, it is the only fully-focussed energy management postgraduate programme in New Zealand. The programme has been running for over fifteen years.

Learning in a global context

Your learning will be set in the context of global renewable energy systems and tools. You will learn the detail of contemporary renewable energy issues including greenhouse science, global energy systems, policy, economics and management. This will specifically cover renewable energy devices, resources and system design.

Setting the global agenda

Let our experts help you develop your own expertise. We bring a solid base of experience to your learning from our Centre for Energy Research, established at Massey in 1997 following over 25 years of teaching and research work undertaken in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy management. We also bring the most relevant and recent research to your learning. You will learn the theory and practice behind energy management, renewable energy and climate change from lecturers who have been working internationally, contributing to research and policy through panels that are setting the global agenda.

Flexibility

You can study towards the Master of Engineering Studies on campus, or study via our distance learning. This gives you the flexibility to remain in full-time employment while studying. Massey University has been offering distance education for over 50 years and you will be able to take advantage of our well-developed systems for teaching and learning. Part of your study will be a real-life energy management case study.

Dig deeper

The renewable energy systems major includes an optional research project, where you can either investigate a topic you are interested in, or work with us to develop an industry-relevant piece of work.

Real-world learning

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the theory of renewable energy systems, but also focus on practical information that can be applied to real-world situations. This could be through using the international Long Range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) model to assess climate change mitigation options for a country, city or community. You will also learn how to measure renewable energy resources, and understanding the challenges of providing energy efficiency or renewable energy systems in developing countries as part of sustainable development.

The programme also covers the social issues to change human behaviour regarding the deployment of renewable energy systems and related greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Specialise

This qualification is suitable if you either have an undergraduate engineering degree and wish to specialise in energy management, or you have found yourself working in a energy management-related role and need to upskill. You do not have to have an engineering degree to enrol.

A year full time

The Master of Engineering Studies is a 120 credit qualification able to be completed in one year full-time, or part-time between 2.5 and five years..

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Engineering Studies will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come directly from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.



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Take the next step. The Master of Management will increase your business knowledge to help move your career in a new direction.You don’t have to have a qualification in business to undertake this master’s. Read more

Take the next step

The Master of Management will increase your business knowledge to help move your career in a new direction.You don’t have to have a qualification in business to undertake this master’s.

Massey University’s Master of Management will give you an international perspective on management and business, building on your communication skills to learn how to work with management at a senior level.

Internationally-recognised

Massey’s Master of Management is an internationally-recognised qualification. You will learn from our business experts - Massey University is the largest and one of the most highly respected management schools in New Zealand.

This masters requires you to have an undergraduate degree, but this does not have to be in a business subject.

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top two per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited. 

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 250 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

You will learn from well-respected academics and business experts, gaining an international perspective on the major that you choose.

Specialisations to suit you

At Massey you can choose from a broad range of specialisations to suit your interest, including HR, communication, enterprise development and more.

Take less of your time

You can now complete this qualification in 1.5 years of full-time study. If you study part-time the qualification takes between 2.5 and five years.

Develop appropriate management work styles

Management involves both being able to work independently and making management decisions, but also being able to work with and direct teams of people. Those people could be within your organisation, or external clients and stakeholders. The Master of Management study programme works with you to help develop these skills as well as specialist business capability in your endorsement of choice.

Rigorous study

The Master of Management is a rigorous programme, where students are expected to achieve at a high level. This is reflected in the quality of our graduates, and contributes to the reputation of the qualification. If you wish to progress to a PhD upon completion, you should enrol in a Master of Business.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload of the Master of Management replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.



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Global thinking in a connected world. Get a foot-hold in the business world with this intensive, professionally focused postgraduate programme offered by Victoria Business School. Read more

Global thinking in a connected world

Get a foot-hold in the business world with this intensive, professionally focused postgraduate programme offered by Victoria Business School.

Build on your undergraduate degree and gain valuable skills in management, marketing and business. The 180-point Master's programmes are course-based, and include an industry placement where you'll gain real-world experience or a research project where you'll investigate a theoretical aspect of a current topic under debate.

Become one of the next generation of business leaders who can anchor business strategy in a global context and use this as a vehicle for growth.

Broad skills

Gain a broad foundation in modern business and explore how global connectivity impacts and influences the way business is done. You'll find out how companies successfully compete in the global business environment, and examine modern management theory and practice and marketing strategy. Graduates will be able to find solutions to problems at a global strategic level.

If you want to complete a Master's with a focus on professional skills, rather than research, then the MGMgmt and the MGMktg are good options for you.

Real-world connections

Take advantage of the University's connections in the business world and hear from guest lecturers who are industry professionals. You'll also complete a consulting project with a real company or organisation.

International recognition

Victoria Business School is among a small group of business schools worldwide that hold the 'Triple Crown' of international business education accreditations. You can be confident your qualification will stand up against the best around the world.

Find out more about accreditations and what they mean for you.

What you'll study

You’ll study for either qualification in three parts, each worth 60 points.

Part 1

In Part 1 you'll study four courses and gain the foundation knowledge you need for Part 2, where you'll focus on either Marketing or Management. Your study during Part 1 will help you confirm your choice about which degree you go on to complete.

If you successfully complete Part 1, but don't continue your studies, you'll be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Business (PGCertGBus).

Part 2

In your second trimester you'll complete the set courses for your chosen degree.

Management students will study innovation and value creation, sustainability, supply chains, and leadership in a changing global environment.

Marketing students will focus on market analysis, consumer behaviour, communications, and current marketing theory and practice in a global context.

Part 3

In Part 3 you'll complete courses in strategy in a global marketplace, and effective management across cultures. In this trimester you'll also complete a 30-point practical project. You can choose to do a consultancy project, where you'll be partnered with an organisation and use theory to resolve a business issue. Or you can complete a research project where you'll investigate a theoretical aspect of a current topic under debate in management or marketing.

If you are enrolled in either Master's but don't manage to complete it, you may have enough points to be a awarded a PGCertGBus.

Duration and workload

The Masters' degrees can be completed in three trimesters or 12 months of full-time study.

Your workload will be 150 hours per course so you can expect to study 40–45 hours a week for much of the year.

Community

Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues. You'll have opportunities to attend events, workshops, social functions and seminars.

The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information and provides a voice for you on campus.

Careers

Graduate with the skills you need to work in a management or marketing role in medium or large organisations, in New Zealand or overseas.

This qualification paves the way for careers in global logistics, international business development, import/export management and international brand management.

You could also continue your studies with a research-based Master's degree or possibly a PhD.



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This one-year masters degree provides a truly transformative business education that will take your career to new heights. The MBM will give you a comprehensive understanding of the fast-paced global business environment, and prepare you to take on a wide range of management and leadership roles. Read more

This one-year masters degree provides a truly transformative business education that will take your career to new heights.

The MBM will give you a comprehensive understanding of the fast-paced global business environment, and prepare you to take on a wide range of management and leadership roles.

It's designed for graduates of any bachelor's degree – from arts and engineering to teaching and social sciences – who wish to expand their career prospects and increase their earning potential. Previous business experience is not required.

Over 12 months, you'll hone your skills in all aspects of business: planning for strategic growth, marketing, digital business, economics, financial analysis, human resources, global business, supply chain management, design thinking and innovation, and commercial law.

You'll also develop strong communication and problem solving skills; gain the ability to undertake business research and analyse data, question ideas and findings; and build the confidence to lead teams and manage organisational change.

Practical business learning

Throughout the MBM degree, you'll become aware of your own abilities as a future business leader or entrepreneur. Your learning experience is designed to be practical, challenging, and inspiring.

You'll work in teams to develop ideas for a start-up business, and then pitch your business plan to a group of senior executives.

Students also undertake a one-month internship at a local business, while completing an Action Learning Project that delivers real value to the company. We organise all internships on your behalf, across a wide range of industries.

Learning is through classroom lectures, analysing case studies, practical group assignments, video, social media, creative problem solving and reflective learning.

Waikato has an international reputation

Study this degree at Waikato Management School, a Triple Crown international business school accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB since 2005. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research, achieved by less than 1% of the world's business schools.

You can start the MBM programme in either March or November.

Cultural experience

Waikato Management School has a vibrant student culture and provides a supportive learning environment, with ready access to mentors who have graduated from the MBM.

Working with other students from diverse cultural backgrounds will help you establish a strong network of local and international business contacts.

Throughout the course, you’ll be invited to take part in many fun social and cultural activities to help you bond with your classmates – such as hiking up a mountain for the day! 



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The Master of Business (MBus) degree is a professionally-oriented specialist qualification designed to meet the needs of both employers and students. Read more
The Master of Business (MBus) degree is a professionally-oriented specialist qualification designed to meet the needs of both employers and students. It consists of two semesters of papers and a nine-month thesis. To be eligible to undertake this programme you must be a graduate in commerce, business studies or an equivalent area, or possess appropriate experience. The MBus degree provides advanced study including an applied research topic. The thesis reports on an applied research project based on contemporary theory from the academic literature.

Subject Areas

-Accounting
-Economics
-Finance
-Information Science
-International Business
-Management
-Marketing Management

Structure of the Programme

-The degree may be awarded in any of the subjects listed above.
-The programme of study shall be as described for the subject concerned in the subjects listed above.
-A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the thesis, secure the approval of the Head of Department concerned for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.
-A candidate may not present a thesis which has been accepted for another degree.

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The MCA is typically a one-year full time Master's thesis programme, although it can be undertaken part time. The thesis requires the completion of a research study (including a literature review, data collection/analysis, findings) presented as a thesis (up to 50,000 words). Read more

The MCA is typically a one-year full time Master's thesis programme, although it can be undertaken part time. The thesis requires the completion of a research study (including a literature review, data collection/analysis, findings) presented as a thesis (up to 50,000 words). Within VMS, the MCA can be completed in Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations or Management.



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Viewed as ‘an MBA for engineers,’ this prestigious taught programme is offered jointly with the . University of Auckland Business School. Read more

Viewed as ‘an MBA for engineers,’ this prestigious taught programme is offered jointly with the University of Auckland Business School. Aimed at professionals, this programme appeals to a broad range of students from different engineering and technological backgrounds intending to pursue management roles. It is a flexible qualification oriented towards enhancing your professional and business capacities for the global market.

Programme structure

  • This flexible, 120-point taught programme allows you to design a personalised curriculum to suit your circumstances, learning objectives and career aspirations.
  • The Engineering Management Project (Project M), a compulsory 45-point component, lasts for two semesters. It is a key learning experience of the programme with two options: working directly within a company to solve a business-related problem (this requires consent from a host company); or a case study project that applies research approaches to industry issues.
  • The remaining 75 points of your degree are built from elective courses from the MEMgt schedule. You may take: three Faculty of Engineering and two Business School courses to pursue an engineering focus; or three Business School and two Faculty of Engineering courses if you’d like to create a business-focused programme.

Subjects available in this programme

  • Engineering Management

Where could this programme take you?

The MEMgt offers a distinct career path towards leadership positions. Its industry focus additionally demonstrates your management competence to employers. Unlike generic management qualifications, it focuses directly on issues unique to engineering companies, allowing you to draw from your perspectives as a professional engineer.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Chief engineer
  • Engineering manager
  • Engineering or management consultant
  • Manufacturing manager
  • Operations manager
  • Product development manager
  • Project manager


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The Master of Business Administration (Otago MBA) degree is an intensive two phase programme. Phase One comprises ten months of on-campus study of core papers. Read more

The Master of Business Administration (Otago MBA) degree is an intensive two phase programme. Phase One comprises ten months of on-campus study of core papers. This is followed by a highly flexible Phase Two of on-campus electives, international exchange or a business project. Phase Two can range from six to twelve months.

The programme takes on a strong global perspective. Together with the diversity of our classes and opportunities for international exchange to renowned universities worldwide, we prepare students for success in the highly competitive global economy. Our comprehensive MBA programme also goes well beyond the academic syllabus to include career development guidance, practical experience and networking activities.

Lecturers on the Otago MBA programme are drawn from three areas - the University, other reputable global business schools, and consultants or business practitioners. They are carefully selected for both academic excellence and strong practical experience in running successful businesses. The small class size ensures a large degree of personal mentoring and guidance from staff.

The style of learning is highly interactive, and participants learn as much from one another as from the course leader or facilitator. Students are assigned to teams, which reflect the diversity of professional and educational backgrounds, demographics and work style preferences. These teams work together on projects, presentations, and assignments to apply business knowledge learned in academic class in real live settings, as well as hone skills such as time management, conflict resolution and problem solving.

Information for New Applicants

The course commences each year in early March. Student applications are processed as they are received on a rolling basis, and we will endeavour to complete the application process within a month. As class size is small and seats are limited, applicants are advised to submit their application early to secure their place.

Start your application by completing the application form on the Otago MBA website or contact the MBA Admissions Manager, Jenna Anderson on 03 479 4176 or email 

International students are reminded to allow sufficient time to make travel arrangements and visa application if required. Also, the full time Otago MBA requires a minimum Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score as part of the entry requirement and students need to plan for this if they have not already done so.

Programme requirements

Phase 1

BMBA 502 Marketing

BMBA 503 Organisational Leadership

BMBA 504 Statistics and Decision Tools

BMBA 505 Economics

BMBA 506 Human Resource Management

BMBA 507 Accounting

BMBA 508 Investment and Global Financial Markets

BMBA 509 Strategic Planning for International Markets

BMBA 510 Leading Sustainable Enterprises

BMBA 511 Operational Excellence

BMBA 512 International Business

BMBA 513 Strategy Implementation

Note: One BMBA 500-level paper not listed in the schedule may be substituted for another BMBA 500-level paper, with the approval of the Director of Executive Programmes in Business..

Phase 2

BUSI 540 Professional Consulting Engagement

or a minimum of 60 points for elective papers taken at the University of Otago (grouped together as BMBA 550 MBA Elective Papers)

or 60 points from international exchange (the papers involved shall be grouped together as EXCH 000 Exchange Papers; on successful completion, a student will be eligible for ad eundem credit for BMBA 535 International Exchange Papers).

or 30 points from international exchange (the papers involved shall be grouped together as EXCH 000 Exchange Papers; on successful completion, a student will be eligible for ad eundem credit for BMBA 525 International Exchange Papers) together with BMBA 530 Business Project (30 points)

or 30 points from international exchange (the papers involved shall be grouped together as EXCH 000 Exchange Papers; on successful completion, a student will be eligible for ad eundem credit for BMBA 525 International Exchange Papers) together with a minimum of 30 points for elective papers taken at the University of Otago (grouped together as BMBA 560 MBA Elective Papers)*

or 60 points for a course of study, approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce), at another tertiary institution (on successful completion, a student will be eligible for ad eundem credit for BMBA 550 MBA Elective Papers).

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study consists of compulsory papers from Phase 1 (the core) together with a choice of a business project, or a selection from a list of elective papers, or papers from an approved international exchange partner. The core papers, the business project, and the elective papers are set out in the MBA Schedule. Papers to be taken through international exchange must be approved by the Director of Executive Programmes in Business. One BMBA 500-level paper not listed in the schedule may be substituted for another BMBA 500-level paper, with the approval of the Director of Executive Programmes in Business.

A candidate must normally pass all papers from Phase 1 before proceeding to Phase 2.

Note: A Candidate who enters the programme from the Diploma in Business Administration programme may be permitted to take one or more papers from Phase 2 before completing all papers in Phase 1.

A candidate with insufficient grounding in Accounting, Mathematics and the use of computers may be required either:

-To attend short programmes of instruction.

-To carry out prescribed reading and study..

-A formal examination may be required.

Before commencing the investigation undertaken for the purposes of the project report, a candidate shall seek the approval of the Director of Executive Programmes in Business for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.

A candidate may not present a project report which has previously been accepted for another degree. Phase 1 of the MBA programme may be undertaken on-campus or by distance learning.



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The Master of Professional Management (MPM) is a full-time one year masters programme that is designed to prepare you for an advanced professional role in today's globally competitive market. The MPM is divided into three stages: Core Knowledge and Skills; Advanced Professional Knowledge and Applied Research and Professional Internship.

The first stage of the programme builds and extends from your previous tertiary knowledge. The second stage helps you focus on a specialised area and introduces you to more advanced and research-led concepts and ideas. The final stage provides you with the opportunity to apply your new knowledge and skills.

Specialised areas of study

- Agribusiness
- Finance
- International Management (only available online)
- International Hospitality Management
- Public Relations (online or blended learning(online and face-to-face workshops
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Enrol now if you want a qualification that:

Is designed specifically for building a career in professional roles
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A key challenge is then to make use of this wealth of data. How can we manage this data, and analyse it to exploit useful information that can guide decision making?

This emerging area goes under the name “Data Science”. There is growing demand for people, “Data Scientists”, who have the skills to manage and analyse enormous amounts of data using a range of techniques such as data mining, statistical techniques, and machine learning.

Data Scientist has been called the “Sexiest job of the 21st century”, and the unique combination of technical skills (stats, data management) and business understanding has been said to make Data Scientists “highly sought after and highly paid”.

Master of Business Data Science (MBusDataSc)

The MBusDataSc primary focus is to equip you to become a practitioner, allowing you to meet the needs of industry, and solve the data problems of the world. However, there will also be an alternative path that will focus on preparing students for research in the area (e.g. going on to do a masters by research or PhD).

The proposed degree is inherently multidisciplinary, featuring Information Science and Marketing, which gives the degree a strong business focus; as well as contributions from Computer Science and from Statistics.

Once you have completed the MBusDataSc you will have developed an advanced knowledge of data science. You will understand how data analysis can be used in business, including being able to identify opportunities to use data, be aware of ethical and privacy issues and possible mitigations, and be able to select appropriate means of presenting the results of analysis. You will be able to select and apply techniques to manage and analyse large collections of data.

Degree Structure

The programme of study shall consist of seven 20 point taught papers together with a 40 point applied project or research project. Papers are either taught in semester one, semester two or are full-year papers. 

You must complete:

INFO 424 - Adaptive Business Intelligence  

COSC 430 - Advanced Database Topics

INFO 411 - Machine Learning and Data Mining

MART 448 - Advanced Business Analytics  

INFO 420 - Statistical Techniques for Data Science

INFO 408 - Management of large scale data

BSNS 401 - The Environment of Business & Economics

Plus one of the following project papers

BSNS 501 - Applied Project  

or

BSNS 580 - Research Project (for students who may wish to progress to PhD study)

Graduate Profile

The University of Otago coursework masters programmes provide you with an opportunity to specialise in advanced study with a focus on either applied practical or academic research.

Graduates of the MBusDataSc will gain skills in three areas: those relating to the business and organisational context, those relating to computing technologies for managing data, and those relating to data analysis techniques.

As a graduate of the MBusDataSc you should be able to:

  1. Understand where data analysis is used in business
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  3. Be aware of ethical and privacy implications, concerns, and approaches to mitigating these, including the ability to identify potential areas of concern, and recommend appropriate mitigation actions
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  5. Develop and maintain databases, including familiarity with performance management for large databases
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