Master of Business Administration
The University of Canterbury’s Master of Business Administration (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 UC Business School | Te Kure Umanga 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.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Aotearoa 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.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry 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 Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, must have been completed with good grades, and at least five years managerial work experience is required.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Business Administration or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
A special application is required. See the MBA application process for details of entry requirements, application forms, and start dates.
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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 5 years.
The MBA can be started at various times throughout the year for both domestic and international students.
The MBA Schedule incorporates 12 compulsory courses (Group A), 6 optional courses from a specified list of options (Group B), and a project.
Group A – Compulsory courses
- MBAD 601 Managerial Accounting
- MBAD 604 Business Economics
- MBAD 605 Managing People and Performance
- MBAD 606 Marketing Principles
- MBAD 611 Managerial Finance
- MBAD 612 Operations Management
- MBAD 615 Leading Ourselves
- MBAD 631 Innovative Business Strategy
- MBAD 632 Strategy and International Business
- MBAD 642 Leading Others
- MBAD 643 Leading Change
- MBAD 663 Special Topic: Sustainable Enterprises
Group B – Elective courses
- MBAD 603–679
- Other courses as approved by the Programme Director.
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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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