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Master's degree

Master of Business Administration

03 October 2023

UC's Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a key professional milestone for many aspiring and accomplished business leaders. Learn more about studying an MBA through Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School.


Master of Business Administration

Degree Structure - Duration
18 months full-time, up to 5 years part-time (domestic students only)


Master of Business Administration

Degree Structure - Start In
February, May, or August





Master of Business Administration


The University of Canterbury's Hybrid Master of Business Administration (UC MBA) is a flexible and future-focused programme that fits around your busy schedule. Classes can be accessed either in-person or virtually, with key in-person touchpoints, so you gain the benefit of collaborating and developing connections in the classroom.

The programme has strong business collaborations and industry co-teaching, making it the most industry engaged MBA in New Zealand. With real-world case studies and projects, you gain real-world insights that you can apply directly to your work environment. Learn more about the UC MBA.

Get a globally recognised MBA qualification from the triple crown accredited UC Business School. The UC MBA is accredited by AMBA, the global standard for MBAs. Learn more about our accreditations.

Master of Business Administration

Entry requirements

Students must be approved by the Dean of Business, who will take account of the relevance and standard of previous studies and experience.

Any bachelor's degree, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, must have been completed with good grades, and at least five years' work experience at an appropriate level is required.

A special application is also required to enrol - see 'How to apply' below.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

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


Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration pathway

You may choose to first enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and later progress into the full MBA programme. The Diploma includes the same core courses as the MBA, and you will attend the same classes as MBA students.

Contact the Master of Business Administration Team for more information.


How to apply

See the MBA application process for details of entry requirements and start dates.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Master of Business Administration

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.

Learn more about the benefits of UC's MBA.


Useful information:

Master of Business Administration

How do I plan my degree?

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

The degree may be completed in a minimum of 18 months full-time study, or part-time in up to 5 years (domestic students only).

You can begin studies in February, May, or August.

See more information on the structure and course descriptions of the MBA.

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


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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