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Master of Business (Professional) - MBus(Prof)

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


180 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Pipitea Campus


Advance your business career with a solid grounding in contemporary business practice, specialise in an area of interest, and prepare for a future in leadership.

Fast-track your career

It’s time to take the initiative. With the Master of Business (Professional), you’ll develop the ability to think critically about today's business and policy challenges and have an opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your career aspirations.

Gain advanced business knowledge

This 180-point Master’s programme will hone your professional skills. You’ll develop practical, expert-level capability in problem-solving, negotiating, and influencing. You’ll also be able to apply the latest research methods in contemporary business settings.

What you'll study

The MBus(Prof) will build on your existing workplace knowledge to help you develop essential contemporary business skills.

Your studies will include:

1. Four core courses—you’ll develop a range of practical skills in problem-solving, researching, negotiating, and analysis. Choose four courses from:

Organisational Problem Solving

Economic Decision Analysis

Negotiation and Influence

Building an Evidence Base

Interdisciplinary Project.

2. One or two specialisations—choose either one or two specialisations by selecting specific elective courses from a particular area.

Courses are taught in a variety of formats, including block and evening classes. Classes are interactive and taught through a mixture of lectures, case studies, and in-class presentations to facilitate learning and deliver essential knowledge.

International recognition

Wellington School of Business and Government is among a small group of business schools worldwide that hold the 'Triple Crown' of international business education accreditations. You can be confident your qualification will stand up against the best around the world.

Diploma and Certificate programmes

Depending on your goals, you can opt for a shorter postgraduate business qualification by doing the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Professional). The Diploma will allow you to gain a specialisation in one area of interest. Courses completed as part of the Certificate or Diploma can count towards the full Master of Business (Professional) programme if you decide to continue your studies.


Advancing your understanding of business fundamentals while specialising in subject areas of your choice will help set you apart. Whether focusing on finance, analytics, economics or entrepreneurship, this qualification prepares you to manage and lead in changing, complex, and challenging situations in either the public or private sector.

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you'll need to have:

  • A Bachelor's degree with at least a B average
  • At least two years of relevant work experience
  • To be accepted by the programme director as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application Deadline - Trimester 1: 1 Dec and Trimester 3: 1 Sep.

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