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Master of Sustainable Business (MSusBus)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

University of Otago

Summary

The MSusBus is an interdisciplinary programme providing you with an advanced qualification in sustainability. This is the only course of its type in New Zealand.

Drawing upon emerging research, the MSusBus positions graduates with a range of career options in the public and private sectors, such as sustainability managers, business analysts, sustainable business consultants and sustainability advisors. It provides an in-depth consideration of one of the key issues of our time – how to manage an organisation while maximising social outcomes and minimising impacts on the natural environment.

The Master of Sustainable Business is available on campus (12 months of full-time study or 24 months of part-time study) or by distance learning online (24 months of part-time study).

Structure of the Programme

a. Every programme of study shall consist of approved papers from the schedule of papers available for the degree of Master of Sustainable Business to the value of 180 points.

b. With prior approval from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce), papers worth up to a maximum of 60 points in a relevant subject offered by another tertiary institution, may be granted transfer credit for equivalent paper(s) within the programme. Such credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

c. A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the applied or research project, secure the approval of the Programme Co-ordinator concerned for the proposed course of the investigation.

Entry criteria

a. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Commerce).

b. Every applicant must either

i. be a graduate and normally have achieved an average grade of B+ in the papers satisfying the final year major subject requirements for the degree, or

ii. have equivalent alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce).

c. In considering an applicant’s qualifications, regard will be given to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant’s performance in the programme.

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic - Score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0). IELTS Online is also accepted.
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 90 with a minimum writing score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL - score of 587 (TWE 4.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum of 176
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • LanguageCert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement
  • University of Otago Language Centre ‘English for Otago’, English for Postgraduate Academic Purposes (EPAP) - Grade C or higher
  • University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA) pathway programmes - Successful completion of the English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS) with a B Grade
  • University of Auckland Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) - Successful completion of the certificate with a B Grade

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