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Master of Entrepreneurship (MEntr)

Course Description

The Master of Entrepreneurship (MEntr) degree is a 15-month programme designed to support those with an entrepreneurial spirit who want to start an innovative new venture and who aspire to the entrepreneurial lifestyle.

The MEntr is based upon the premise that the knowledge and skills needed to survive and thrive in business can be taught while the attitudes required of entrepreneurs can be identified and encouraged.

Programme requirements

Part A - Five required papers:
ENTR 411 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (20 Points)
ENTR 412 Feasibility Analysis (20 Points)
ENTR 413 Finance for Entrepreneurs (20 Points)
ENTR 414 Marketing and Selling (20 Points)
ENTR 415 New Venture Strategy (20 Points)
Plus one of:
ENTR 420 Sustainable Entrepreneurship (20 Points)
ENTR 421 Technology and Entrepreneurship (20 Points)
TOUR 416 Tourism Entrepreneurship and Business (20 Points)

Part B:
ENTR 525 Business Project (60 Points)

Structure of the Programme

-Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements set out in the MEntr Schedule.
-A candidate must pass the required papers in Part A sequentially.
-A candidate must pass all papers in Part A before commencing Part B.
-A candidate must pass the required papers in Part B sequentially.
-A candidate without sufficient grounding in specific areas may be directed by the Programme Director to either: attend short programmes of instruction, or: carry out prescribed reading and study.
-A formal examination may be required.
-Before commencing ENTR 525 in Part B, a candidate shall obtain approval from the Programme Director for the business idea and the proposed approach.
-A candidate may not present a paper or a business project report that has previously been accepted for another paper or qualification.

Visit the Master of Entrepreneurship (MEntr) page on the University of Otago website for more details!

Student Profiles

University of Otago Coursework Master's Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The University of Otago Coursework Master's Scholarship provides funding to support course work-based Master's students studying at the University of Otago.Selection is based predominantly on academic merit and the advice, recommendation and ranking of the relevant Head of Department or nominee.The University of Otago Coursework Master’s Scholarship is open to both domestic and international applicants, and is for students studying Master’s degrees which don’t include a full thesis component (although they may include a research report or dissertation).Some degrees also have a thesis or non-thesis option (usually with the decision made after an initial year of study). In such cases the non-thesis option is eligible for coursework Master’s scholarship support. Note that coursework Master’s scholarships are not available to research master’s students completing a papers year prior to beginning their thesis.

Value of Scholarship(s)

NZ$10,000 towards fees in the first instance


Applicants must be:
- obtaining their first Otago Coursework Master's qualification.
- domestic students or international students
- undertaking a coursework Master's degree (degree by papers only, or, if a research component is included, the research paper should have a point value of less than 90 points)*
* Coursework Master’s Scholarships are not available for the papers year of a two-year research Master’s degree.

Application Procedure

Applications for coursework Master's scholarships are made online through the eVision portal. Once you have applied for admission to your programme you will receive an alert in your student portal inviting you to apply for a scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Every applicant must be a graduate and have achieved an average grade of B+ or better in 300-level papers, or have an alternative professional qualification. An applicant who is not a graduate may be considered on the basis of alternative qualifications or satisfactory training and experience in management or administration in business or other entrepreneurial activity (equivalent to a degree). The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) may require a candidate to pass one or more prescribed papers either before admission to or concurrently with the programme. An applicant for the degree will be required to attend an interview with the Director of Entrepreneurship.

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