Master of Business Administration
An MBA is considered a key professional milestone for many aspiring and accomplished business leaders. The primary focus of the UC MBA is to develop leaders who create vibrant, internationally competitive organisations and contribute to the wellbeing of their communities.
We offer an innovative programme taught by internationally recognised staff.
By joining our MBA programme you will gain a highly credible qualification and make invaluable connections within our extensive network of alumni. UC Executive Development Programmes support those who want to make the transition into business ownership, consultancy or significant leadership roles.
Our programme is accredited by AMBA which is the global standard for MBAs. Only the top two per cent of Business schools internationally are AMBA accredited.
Research confirms that an MBA is a significant long-term investment, with remuneration increasing considerably after graduation, and continuing to rise well into graduates' careers. In addition, there are strong indicators that a correlation exists between the MBA qualification and future employment at the strategic level of an organisation.
Though a demanding programme, there are significant proven long-term returns of gaining a UC MBA.
- Develop leadership capabilities and strategic perspectives.
- Gain a more holistic outlook of how local businesses thrive in global markets.
- Launch your entrepreneurial career and start your own venture as a part of your project.
- Expand your professional networks.
Our MBA programme is ideal for experienced professionals who are ready to take the first step in this important transitional stage of their professional and personal lives. MBA participants are typically senior level professionals and executives from organisations of any size or sector. Experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs also find our programme beneficial.
Multiple entry qualifications offer you a number of pathways depending on your existing level of education and experience.*
6x Core Courses
- Leading Ourselves
- Leading Others
- Leading Change
- Business Strategy
- Managing People and Performance
- Leading Resilient Enterprises
Core courses from PGCert
6x additional core courses
- Strategy and International Business
- Operations Management
- Managerial Accounting
- Marketing Principles
- Managerial Finance
- Business Economics
- Leading Sustainable Enterprises
Core Courses from PGCert and PGDipBA
Business Research Methods
- Interpersonal Skills for Leaders
- Project Management
- International Business Negotiations
- Design Thinking
- Business Law
- Innovation in Business
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business
- Corporate Governance
- International Study Tour
1. Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership (PGCertStratLdrship)
If you do not currently have the time to undertake the full MBA programme, or do not have a degree, our Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership is the ideal solution.
Our certificate offers flexibility and part-time study options. The six courses can be taken in any order over a one to three year period. All courses taken as part of the Postgraduate Certificate are creditable towards the Postgraduate Diploma and MBA.
Duration: Up to 2.5 years and at full-time study it will take 8 months.
2. Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDipBA)
Like the Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration offers a pathway to the MBA if you do not have a degree.
The diploma combines the six courses from the PGCertStratLdrship, with six additional core courses for a total of 12 courses. It can be completed in eight months full-time, or over four years part-time. Studying full-time, you will complete your PGDipBA between February and September. If you would like to study part-time, you can develop a personalised timetable in consultation with the MBA Director.
As a PGDipBA candidate you will attend the same lectures as MBA candidates, which means you will follow the same term structure, study in the same manner, sit the same exams and complete the same assignments. The difference between the MBA and PGDipBA is that diploma candidates do not complete any elective courses or the MBA project. Having satisfied all requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma with a B average or above you can apply to transfer to the MBA.
Duration: Up to four years and at full-time study, it will take eight months.
3. Master of Business Administration (MBA)
In addition to the course requirements for the certificate and diploma, by completing a further six courses and the capstone project, you can graduate with the full MBA. The MBA gives you the flexibility to take further study in areas that interest you, with the freedom to tailor your project and take your choice of our diverse electives. The MBA takes 15 months to complete full-time or up to five years part-time.
If you choose to study full-time, you will complete 12 core courses and six electives in your first year. Your MBA Project will then be completed over the summer period and during the first term of your second year, which is approximately 20 weeks (once your project is approved). At any stage during the MBA, you can apply to defer completion or change to part-time study.
Should you choose to study part-time, you will complete your MBA within five years. You will develop a personalised timetable in consultation with the MBA Director. It is recommended that candidates study a minimum of two courses per term. Part-time candidates can be expected to complete their project in 38 weeks (once the project is approved).
Duration: Up to five years part-time and at full-time study it will take 15 months.
*In consultation, a personal course of study that differs from that outlined above can be completed, subject to the approval of the MBA Director.
MBA/PGDipBA Lectures and Block Courses 2018
All lectures run Monday to Thursday, 5:00 pm to 8.15 pm, with the exception of block courses, which run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday and Saturday. Block courses may also fall outside of normal term dates.
|Term 1: 12 February to 8 April (eight weeks per term - 2 weeks break between each term)|
Dr Peter Cammock
Strategy & International Business
Assoc. Prof. David Stiles
Leading Sustainable Enterprises
Assoc. Prof. Misha Balzarova
Assoc Prof Pavel Castka
|Block course (1)|
|20 April 2018||21 April 2018|
|4 May 2018
18 May 2018
|Term 2: 23 April to 19th June (eight weeks per term - 2 weeks break between each term)|
Dr Ian Brooks
Dr Chris Jansen
|Term 3: 2 July to 26th August (eight weeks per term - 2 weeks break between each term)|
Innovative Business Strategy
Managing People & Performance
|Block course (2)|
International Business Negotiations in Multi-cultural Environments
|13 July 2018||14 July 2018|
|20 July 2018||21 July 2018|
|Term 4: 10 September to 4th November (eight weeks per term - 2 weeks break between each term)|
Entrepreneurship & Small Business
Business Research Methods
|Block courses (3, 4, 5)|
Assoc. Prof. David Stiles
|28 September 2018||29 September 2018|
|26 October 2018||27 October 2018|
Innovation in Business
|12 October 2018||13 October 2018|
|19 October 2018||20 October 2018|
Year 1 part-time study programme suggested Mondays and Wednesdays - Year 2 part-time study programme suggested Tuesdays and Thursdays
|David Shearer||MBA Director||Executive Development Programmes, UC|
|Professor Sonia Mazey||Pro-Vice-Chancellor||College of Business and Law, UC|
|Professor Paul Ballintine||Head of School||UC Business School|
|Assoc Professor David Stiles||Associate Professor||UC Business School|
|Mike Killick||Managing Director||Deep South Ice Cream|
|Carl Davidson||Managing Director||Research First|
|Andrea Bankier||Senior Consultant||Sheffield|
|Kendall Langston||CEO||Advisory Works|
|Michelle Sharp||CEO||Kilmarnock Enterprises|
|Stephanie Feldbrugge||Support Services Manager||Foodstuffs|
|Mike Blackburn (Alumni)||Consultant||Blackburn Management (Chair, UC MBA Alumni Association)|
|Shannon Goldsmith (Alumni)||Development Manager||Ngāi Tahu|
|Charan Ashokraj||Student representative||MBA Student Management Team|
|Kinest Jin||Student representative||MBA Student Management Team|
As the capstone, the UC MBA project typically addresses issues of strategic importance and results in the production of a written strategy document. Past projects completed by students include:
- A strategy to address seasonal fluctuations in consumer demand
- Strategies to effectively develop and deliver new services to construction projects
- A strategy to increase purchase order policy engagement and compliance
- A strategy for how high-performance directors can be retained within the New Zealand high-performance sport system
- A strategy to address ways of introducing and adapting a goal setting process into a local Pacific community group
- A strategy to address the efficiency and effectiveness of international transport operations
- A strategy to best utilise information systems technology to provide a competitive advantage, increase productivity, retain high-quality staff and support the achievement of its business strategic objectives
- A strategy to deliver organisational stability and agility to meet the needs of the community that it serves
- A strategy to assess which social investment models are the best fit for New Zealand how to integrate them
- A strategy for the most effective implementation of knowledge-driven product development
- A strategy for UC to increase international student enrolments from the Philippines
- A strategy to increase acquisition of start-up business customers in the New Zealand cloud computing market
- A strategy to optimise bitumen supply model in order to achieve sustainable continuity of supply
- Development of business model and market entry strategy
- A positioning strategy for University of Canterbury MBA programmes
- A strategic evaluation of transport optimisation approaches for Christchurch
The Canterbury MBA Graduate Association is where you continue your MBA journey.
The Association exists to bolster and continue the MBA experience via professional growth and personal engagement. This is accomplished through varied programmes of events. Some events are informal and simply a catch up time. Others like MBA Masterclasses are exclusive opportunities to learn and upskill alongside current students.
You can keep up-to-date with the latest events and opportunities by joining the Canterbury MBA Graduate Association LinkedIn group (UC MBA Graduate Association (Official)), or contribute to social media using #CantyMBA on Twitter. Future events are listed on the EDP events calendar.
The association is exclusively for graduates from the University of Canterbury MBA and its pathway programmes (DipBA, GradDipBA and PGDipBA). To join, attend an event, register via UC Alumni or join the Association's LinkedIn group (UC MBA Graduate Association (Official))
The Association is governed exclusively by Canterbury MBA graduates and seeks to cater to the unique requirements of the members:
Christine Toner (1992)
Harry Fox (1995)
Mike Blackburn (2002)
Hamish Kim (2003)
David Shearer (MBA Director, 2005)
Nick Draper (2006)
Andrew McCarthy (2006)
Renee Walker (2012)
Laura Jones (2015)
Michelle Polglase (2017)
Jamil Guliyev (current student)
Christine completed her MBA in 1992, having left a long-term role as advertising agency account director to become self-employed (and a parent) during her four years of part time study.
She and several colleagues formed the first MBA Association in Canterbury, a small group that met for business and social activities for about 10 years.
Christine's marketing consultancy has helped many small and medium sized businesses and organisations to sharpen their focus and develop better relationships with clients. Her interest in group process facilitation and qualitative market research led to strategic and marketing planning projects and then to a richly satisfying period of community consultation with several local governments. She is now planning ways to exploit her extensive experience in marketing, communications, relationship building, writing, bid writing and managing large amounts of information.
Harry Fox is a management consultant, facilitator and coach specialising in people and performance. As consultant Harry brings experience and insight into the diagnosis of business challenges. As facilitator, he leads participants in training to develop meaningful personal insights that result in changed behaviour. As coach, he helps manager-leaders make the personal adjustments necessary for growth and success.
With a BCom Agr. in Horticulture Management from Lincoln in 1982, Harry worked in the Kiwifruit industry for several years then joined MAF Consulting where he became interested in learning and development (training) as a tool in helping people change and achieve success.
He completed his Canterbury University MBA 1995, and since then has worked for global learning solutions provider Wilson Learning Worldwide, held several general management roles in Sydney. His company Fox Management Solutions Ltd. helps organisations align behaviour with strategy and individuals achieve performance with fulfilment.
After a successful career in various media and marketing roles, Mike completed his MBA in 2002. His final project on "the potential for Interactive Digital Television in New Zealand" led to a role with TVNZ in Auckland, where he worked alongside the teams developing the company's website www.tvnz.co.nz and then introduced Freeview Digital Television. While in Auckland, Mike joined the New Zealand MBA Association, serving 5 years on the board with 3 years as president.
Mike runs his own management consulting practice, working mostly with builders, other trades and professionals across the construction sector. He helps owners and managers with systems, administration, general management, business development and marketing.
Mike sits on several 'not for profit' and commercial boards including the National Council of the Scout Association of New Zealand and Blue Ribbon charitable trust. He is an active Mentor through Business Mentors New Zealand.
Nick is a technology leader, focused on understanding business strategies and how the alignment of good people, process and information, supported by IT systems, can drive measured improvements and provide greater certainty in the planning and management of business activities.
He has spent many years in consulting and internal house roles, leading teams to create and implement business change enabled by technology. He has worked across government, financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors.
Nick's specialties include technology strategy and roadmaps, architecture, data and analytics, business analysis, process improvement, project planning and delivery.
Andrew gained his MBA in 2006, then joined NZ Windfarms as a project engineer to help build the Te Rere Hau windfarm in Palmerston North. He purchased GJ Gardner Homes Christchurch North in 2008, and hasn't looked back. He has since expanded his business interests to include 5 Just Cabins franchises, and recently acquired the Hue hair colouring salons chain.
Andrew is a keen environmentalist, constantly badgering family, friends and colleagues to get on board and reduce, reuse, recycle. He owns 3 all-electric cars, and has helped GJ Gardner Homes become the principal sponsor of the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust.
Andrew's engineering background helps keep him grounded, and his keen sense of humour is always searching for a new victim, but most often skewers himself.
Renée is the Director of The Leadership Revolutionist, a boutique Change Management, Leadership Development and Stakeholder Engagement consultancy.
She has over 20 years international experience in general management and strategic marketing and communications; and particular strengths in stakeholder engagement, change management, and reputation and issues management.
Renée is passionate about the rebuild and regeneration of Christchurch and has been actively involved in earthquake recovery efforts since September 2010. In 2016, in recognition of this work, she was a Westpac Women of Influence Finalist.
She is on the Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation Board, the Catholic Development Fund Trust Board, the Committee for Canterbury Trust, is a Southern Committee Member of the PR Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) and is Co-Chair of the St Albans Residents Association.
Laura Jones has an extensive background in 'for purpose' sector management, also known as non-profit. She completed her MBA in 2015 with a special interest in corporate social responsibility. She has worked in health, mental health and addiction sectors.
She is passionate about applying what she has learned on her own and in the MBA and making the workplace a better and more meaningful experience.
Laura specialises in change management, evaluation, health impact assessment, collaboration, systems analysis, stakeholder management, programme management, recruitment, hiring and staff management, program evaluation and development, strategic planning, appreciative inquiry, project management, staff coaching and development.
She is active in the community through her interest in running, and her position as head referee for roller derby and she is co-chair on the board of Qtopia, a local rainbow youth organisation.
Michelle has a passion for disruptive innovation and exponential technologies, including the use of cognitive computing to augment business systems and processes using artificial intelligence (AI).
She successfully exited her first business in 2010, and has since held senior business and management roles in the technology sector. Michelle is strongly involved with the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including the EPIC Innovation Precinct and GreenHouse Business Hub. Kaizen (continual improvement) on all levels is a necessity, and as a lifelong learner Michelle completed her MBA in 2017 with a focus on digital strategy.
Michelle also teaches yoga, and is currently learning to fly microlights.
Developed as a taster to our programmes, our Professional Development Series keeps you informed of the latest industry updates and insights. Through combining industry perspectives and the latest academic research, these session offer practical takeaways for professionals in the workplace. With tailored sessions for accounting, information systems and HR practitioners, we also run general management workshops for team leaders and managers.
Previous sessions have included:
- Consultant of the Future with Kendall Langston of The Results Group (watch video)
Career and Skills Development
An opportunity for enrolled students, our Career and Skills Development Series includes a range of workshops and presentations that aim to develop key professional competencies. Designed to complement course work, these workshops cover both preparation for employment and personal development.
To get you prepares for the workforce, these workshops cover key practival skills to help get you into employment post-study. Workshops cover interview skills, CV preparation, how to sell yourself to employers and will also introduce you to recruitment firms.
Personal development workshops aim to help you get the most out of your career. Workshops include goal setting, team dynamics, professionalism, consulting, stress management, wellness and workplace diversity.
Learn from our students' experiences
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