Master of Business Information Systems


Information Systems is a fast-expanding industry and the point where business studies and information technology meet. Information systems are a major part of many organisations and impact business operations on a day-to-day basis through mobile phones, EFTPOS, news, and the internet. As a result there has been an increasing demand for 'tech-savvy' people to create and run these systems.

UC's Master of Business Information Systems (MBIS) aims to address high-level skills shortages in the rapidly growing ICT industry, and to meet the growing demand for work-ready graduates in New Zealand and abroad. The MBIS equips graduates, including those from a non-Information Systems or Commerce background, with specialist knowledge and skills applicable to managing the use of technology and technology-driven innovations in business.

Why study an MBIS at UC?

  • The MBIS qualification sits within the Executive Development Programmes and is part of a suite of Information Systems programmes offered by the Department of Accounting and Information Systems.
  • UC ranks in the top 200 universities in the world for Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).
  • Students benefit from the University's location on the 'Silicon Plains' of New Zealand, where there are dozens of large, hi-tech companies employing UC graduates.

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 have a bachelor's degree with at least a B grade average in 300-level courses, or equivalent, and been approved as a candidate for the degree by the Dean of Commerce.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Business Information Systems 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 MBIS can be studied full-time over 12-15 months or part-time over a maximum of four years. The programme has two entry points each year — in October and February (starting October 2016).

The master’s consists of 180 points which is made up of nine courses (15 points each) and a Research Project (45 points). 

Subjects and courses

The MBIS programme contains core and elective courses as follows:

  • three compulsory courses from Group A 
  • three elective courses from Group B 
  • three courses from Group C - MBAZ604 Business Research Methods must be completed plus two elective courses
  • applied research project from Group D 

Note: the nine courses above must be completed to an overall B+ grade average in order for the student to move on to the Research Project.

Group A: Information Systems compulsory (core) courses

Group B: Information Systems elective courses

Group C: Business elective courses

Group D: Applied Research

See the Regulations for the Master of Business Information Systems for up-to-date course schedules. 

Applied learning


The Internship will provide an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge to a real world problem, allowing them to again confidence in dealing in a professional business environment, as well as engaging in a deeper level of learning through application of critical thinking and problem solving. The Internship will consist of 100 hours of work (on a discrete IS-related project) within an organisation followed by a report on the student’s experience.

Research Project

The applied Research Project will provide the opportunity for students to apply their knowledge to practice, allowing them to again confidence in working in a professional business environment, as well as engaging in a deeper level of learning through application of critical thinking and problem solving.

How to apply

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

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Further study

Students can study a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Systems. 

Career opportunities

IS expertise is marketable worldwide and such skills can be applied across a wide range of organisations and industries, opening the door to many exciting careers in business analysis, business intelligence, systems development and project management.

The Master of Business Information Systems will provide students with the skills, knowledge and competencies to undertake entry-level Information Systems-related roles. It is also a good foundation for developing further and moving into more advanced roles in IT management that contribute to the strategic development of organisations through technology. These more advanced roles could include IT consultant, IT project manager, and IT manager.

The advanced research and applied components of the MBIS will provide graduates with additional skills in the areas of analysing, synthesising and communicating information effectively to a wide audience. This is supported by the internship and research project and would allow students to advance their IS careers at a greater speed than students with an undergraduate-only background. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Business Information Systems.

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

Tuan Hoang Nguyen

Tuan Hoang Nguyen

'I love to explore new things and the field of Information Systems is changing rapidly...'