Master of Business Administration
The University of Canterbury’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme is a key professional milestone for many aspiring and accomplished business leaders. By focusing on collaboration with industry, the UC MBA produces well-rounded leaders capable of creating and growing international organisations through innovation, digital transformation, data-led strategy making, and responsible societal engagement.
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 consulting project.
The MBA offers a chance to upskill through postgraduate study, make a career change, and gain relevant business connections and experiences.
Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School holds the ‘Triple-Crown’, of accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA), putting us in the top 1% of business schools worldwide.
Students must be approved by the Dean of Business, who will take account of the relevance and standard of previous studies and experience.
A bachelor's degree, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, must have been completed with good grades, and at least five years' work experience is required.
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.
How to apply
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 consulting project.
The degree may be completed in a minimum of 16 months full-time study, or part-time in up to 5 years.
Domestic students can begin their studies in February, May, or September.
For international students the programme starts in February.
The MBA Schedule incorporates 120 points of compulsory courses, 15 points of elective courses, and a consulting project of 45 points.
Students who started their MBA degree before 2020 will follow a different structure. Contact the Master of Business Administration Team for more information and help planning courses.
- MBAM 601 Digital Transformation and Technology Preparedness
- MBAM 602 Economic Uncertainty and Organisational Agility
- MBAM 603 Innovation-driven Customer Value
- MBAM 604 Data Informed Strategy
- MBAM 605 Creating impact led enterprises
- MBAM 606 Societies in Smart Cities
- MBAM 610 Agile and Innovative-driven Leadership
- MBAM 620 Creative Challenge
Elective courses (choose courses to make up at least 15 points):
- MBAD 644 Interpersonal Skills for Leaders (10 points)
- MBAD 653 International Business Negotiations in Multi-cultural Environments (10 points)
- MBAD 664 Leading Resilient Enterprises (10 points)
- MBAD 672 Leading Collaborative Partnerships (10 points)
- MBAD 678 Special Topic (10 points)
- DATA 476 Special Topic: Information is Beautiful (15 points)
- EDEM 668 The Learning Leader (30 points)
Not all courses will be offered in a given year. New 5-point courses will be offered in the future to help students make up the 15-point requirement.
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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See more information about UC's Business Administration programmes.
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Business Administration.
For study planning help, contact the Master of Business Administration Team or the College of Business and Law:
Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture | College of Business and Law
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800