Master of Business Administration


The University of Canterbury’s Master of Business Adminsitration (MBA) programme is oriented towards general management. It aims to facilitate the transition from a technical or professional background to general manager by developing participants’ leadership and management skills.

The MBA at UC is internationally accredited by the London-based Association of MBAs (AMBA), and the School of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing it in the top five percent of business schools worldwide.

The programme facilitates opportunities to attend seminars, guest lectures and networking events, in addition to the course structure which incorporates compulsory and elective courses as well as a project.

The MBA is one of the qualifications within the Executive Development Programmes, offering a chance to upskill through postgraduate study, make a career change and gain relevant business connections and experiences.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.

If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must be approved by the Dean of Business who will take account of the relevance and standard of previous studies and experience. A degree or the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration must have been completed with good grades, and at least five years managerial work experience is required.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Business Administration or use the admission requirements checker

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

See the 'How to apply' section below for more details.

Qualification structure and duration

The structure of the Master of Business Administration programme is closely prescribed, and consists of compulsory courses, electives and a project.

The degree may be completed in a minimum of 15 months full-time study or part-time in up to five years. 

The MBA can be started at various times throughout the year for both domestic and international students. 

Subjects and courses

The MBA schedule incorporates 12 compulsory courses (Group A), six courses (or the equivalent) from a specified list of options (Group B), and a project worth six courses.

Group A - Compulsory Courses

Group B - Elective Courses

  • MBAD603–679
  • Other courses as approved by the Programme Director.

Note: not all Group B courses will be offered in any given year. See the Schedule to the Regulations for the Degree of Master of Business Administration for the most up-to-date course list.

Research Project

How to apply

A special application is required. See the MBA application process for details of entry requirements, application forms and start dates.

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Business Administration.

For study planning help contact the Executive Development Programmes team or the College of Business and Law:

College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3300

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