Master of Business Management


The Master of Business Management (MBM) is a generalist taught master's qualification that extensively develops the skills necessary for strategic business management within a global economy. The MBM will guide students through an understanding of business management structures and commercial practices, laying the foundation to understand, respond to, and lead change.

As part of the Executive Development Programmes at UC, this qualification enables you to increase your employability by gaining business skills that complement your existing professional or academic background. Candidates with a degree from any discipline may apply and no prior experience in Commerce is required.

UC's School of Business and Economics is placed in the top five percent of business schools worldwide, through its accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). UC ranks in the top 200 universities in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).

The Master of Business Management graduate 

  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge and understanding of frameworks and industry practice within the fields of business and management.
  • Plans and carries out independent research that demonstrates critical awareness of issues and challenges in the fields of business and management.
  • Synthesises academic and professional information and effectively communicates findings to a range of audiences in a range of ways.
  • Has increased career options and commercial insight, given the skills and expertise gained across multiple core business functions.

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

A degree with at least a B grade average in 300-level courses is required. Candidates must be approved by the Dean of Business who will take account of the relevance and standard of previous studies and experience.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Business Management 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

A total of 10 courses must be completed to obtain the Master of Business Management. The MBM is a 180-point qualification which can be completed in 12-15 months of full-time study. The degree can be taken part-time over a maximum of four years.

Students can begin their studies in February or October.

Subjects and courses

The eight courses listed in Group A and one of the courses listed in Group B are core and must be completed. The nine courses are all 15 points each, and must be completed to an overall B grade average in order for the student to move on to the capstone Research Project or Internship (worth 45 points).

Group A – core

Group B 

Group C 

How to apply

A special application is required. It is essential that all applicants discuss their application with the MBM Programme Coordinator before applying. See the MBM application process for details of entry requirements, application forms and start dates.

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Career opportunities

The qualification exposes students to intellectual breadth across a large number of organisational functions which prepares graduates for entry-level commercial roles within the public and private sector. The MBM aims to produce diverse, market-relevant, and highly skilled managers who will make an impact on business at a local and global level.

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More information

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

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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