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Master of Entrepreneurship (MEntr)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Master's Degree


15 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Otago


The Master of Entrepreneurship is a 15-month programme ideal for recent graduates or professionals wishing to start a new venture or to expand their employment prospects. Phase 1 is comprised of seven papers block delivered on campus over one week periods. Phase 2 involves the development of a comprehensive new venture business report.

The MEntr will appeal to those seeking flexible study options who wish to develop their business skills and entrepreneurial mindset.

Gain business skills. Grow your entrepreneurial behaviour. Nurture your can-do spirit and creative mindset. Be your own boss! Generate value and share it with the world. You can apply your entrepreneurial behaviour to start a business, make a small business large, or make an organisation of any size more productive.

Career opportunities

Realise your ideas to create value in the real world by:

founding your own startup

working for a rapidly growing startup in Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas

growing innovative iwi organisations

providing innovation-focused services in job roles that do not yet exist

joining an innovation-focused team working in any sized organisation or any sector of the economy, including for-profit, non-profit and public sectors

Enterprises that develop new products and services across every sector of the economy require the skills of critically evaluating and communicating value principles and new ideas. Wherever “business as usual” is not producing good enough results, entrepreneurial thinking is needed and is in hot demand

Entry criteria

  • Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce).
  • Every applicant must: provide a statement of interest and a current curriculum vitae; and be a graduate and have achieved an average grade of B+ in the papers satisfying the final year major subject requirements of the degree, or have an alternative professional qualification or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Commerce).
  • 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. Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on overall merit and a possible interview.

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

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