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MBA - Master of Business Administration

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Level of Study



18 months

Next start date

Expected May 2024


University of Canterbury


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-informed 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.

UC's MBA is accredited by AMBA which is the global standard for MBA's. Only the top two per cent of business schools internationally offer AMBA accredited programmes. Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School is also accredited by AACSB and EQUIS; only one percent of business schools in the world have attained all three.

Subjects and courses

The MBA Schedule incorporates 125 points of compulsory courses, 10 points of elective courses, and a consulting project of 45 points.

Compulsory courses

Choose 125 points from the following:

MBAM601 Digital Transformation and Technology Preparedness
MBAM602 Economic Uncertainty and Organisational Agility
MBAM603 Innovation by Design
MBAM604 Data Informed Strategy
MBAM605 Creating impact led enterprises
MBAM610 Agile and Innovation-driven Leadership
MBAM614 Business research Methods
MBAM615 Managerial Finance, Accounting and Governance
MBAM620 Creative Challenge
MBAM622 Marketing and Strategic Intelligence
MBAM623 Business Sustainability and Economic Decision-making


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.

Entry criteria

Students must be approved by the Dean of Business, who will take account of the relevance and standard of previous studies and experience.

Any 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.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

IELTS (Academic): An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing, and listening.
PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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