About the UC MBA

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Our MBA programme is ideal for experienced professionals who are ready to take the next step in this important transitional stage of their professional and personal lives. MBA candidates are typically middle to senior level professionals from organisations of any size or sector, or professionals looking to scale their entrepreneurship ventures.

Special FutureU Study Grants for those impacted by COVID19 – 2020 enrolments only
We are providing study grants of up to $7,500 per person for those who have been impacted by COVID19 - redundancies, suspensions or reduction of work hours. Applicants must be nominated by their employer (self–employed are entitled too). Find more info and entry criteria here.


Depending on your existing level of education and experience you can either enter the MBA straight away or you can enter through the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration pathway.*

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDipBA)
The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDipBA) offers a pathway to the MBA if you do not have a Bachelor’s degree but have significant work experience.

You will be required to complete eight core courses over 10 months if studying full-time, or over four years part-time. If you study full-time, you will complete your PGDipBA between February and November. If you would like to study part-time, you can develop a personalised timetable in consultation with the Postgraduate Student Advisor.

You will attend the same lectures as MBA candidates, which means you will follow the same term structure, study in the same manner 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 Consulting project.

Having satisfied all requirements for the PGDipBA with a B average or above, you can apply to transfer to the MBA.

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)
You will be required to complete the same eight core courses as the PGDipBA. You will also complete a MBA Consulting Project and elective courses worth 15 credit points, in order to graduate with the full MBA. The MBA takes 16 months to complete full-time or up to five years part-time. Entry into the programme occurs in February, May and September.

If you choose to study full-time, you will complete the eight core courses in your first year. You can then complete your elective and MBA Consulting Project over the summer period during the first term of your second year, which is approximately 12 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 have five years to complete your MBA. You will develop a personalised timetable in consultation with the Postgraduate Student Advisor. Part-time candidates can expect to complete their MBA Consulting Project in 24 weeks (once the project is approved). 

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*In consultation, a personal course of study that differs from that outlined can be completed, subject to the approval of the Dean of Business.

Blended learning

The PGDipBA and MBA are delivered through a blended learning model, which combines on-campus, online and block course workshops. All lectures run 5:30 pm to 8:00 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. 

Core Courses

Digital Transformation and Technology Preparedness (15 points)
A modern organisation needs a heightened focus on digital maturity in its processes, products/services, business models and its people, while embracing traditional approaches of business planning and risk management. This course prepares individuals to manage this ‘future of work’ and associated technology preparedness.

Economic Uncertainty and Organisational Agility (15 points)
This course will introduce you to a range of behavioural economic and change principles, which applied to everyday, real life scenarios will help you gain insights to prepare for and drive organisational change. 

Innovation Driven Customer Value (15 points)
The human-centred design thinking approach is a people-centric, collaborative, and experimental way of driving innovation to create customer value. It is a pragmatic approach that aims to nurture deep curiosity about an issue, unleash creativity in how to approach it, and ensure clarity when it comes to implementing solutions.

Data Informed Strategy (15 points)
Organisations that know and use data effectively will succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This course will prepare participants to ask the right questions, be skilled at identifying what data to use and the data tools needed to analyse information, and generate insights that inform the strategic question being asked.

Creating Impact-led Enterprises (15 points)
Organisations are increasingly being viewed through the lens of social and environmental impacts. This interdisciplinary course enables participants to gain comprehensive insights on the conceptual and empirical issues linking sustainability with business practice and deliberate on the challenges of managing sustainability trade-offs. 

Societies in Smart Cities (15 points)
Cities are the first to react to transformation shifts that citizens experience. How do organisations respond to such shifts? This course extends the deliberation of Smart Cities to comprehend how the related technological innovations create value and impact on society.

Agile and Innovation-driven Leadership (15 points)
Contemporary leaders need to shape organisational cultures that are agile and highly responsive in order to overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and create new value. This requires fostering high engagement, supporting innovation, and leveraging digital technology. The course promotes skills in critical thinking, self-awareness, mindfulness, interpersonal dynamics, and practising how to be reflective leaders. 

Creative Challenge (15 points)
This course focuses on ‘you’ as the project. You will be provided with an opportunity to push your own boundaries and challenge your status quo by establishing a stretch goal, planning an intervention to address the challenge and working to execute it. You will have the support of a coach throughout your challenge.

MBA Consulting Project

Once you have completed the eight core courses you will apply this knowledge to your MBA Consulting Project. The project involves working with an organisation to address a practical issue of strategic importance and results in the production of a written strategy document.

You will be required to implement at least one of the proposed recommendations from your project, in consultation with the organisation.

Student advice

A postgraduate student advisor is available to discuss your study options. 

Nicole Anfang

Postgraduate Student Advisor
Meremere 209
Internal Phone: 92964


The UC MBA is accredited by AMBA which is the global standard for MBAs. Only the top two per cent of Business schools internationally offer AMBA accredited programmes. The UC Business School is also accredited by AACSB and EQUIS, putting us in the top 1% of business schools worldwide.

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