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Master of Faith-based Leadership and Management (MFBLM)

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Otago


The aim of the Master of Faith-Based Leadership and Management (MFBLM) is to enhance leadership and management in faith-based organisations, through the incorporation of current scholarship in both Theology and Business Administration. The MFBLM is designed to enhance a graduate's leadership and management of faith-based organisations and to enable advanced reflection and research on the practice of leadership and management.

All the Theology papers offered for this qualification will be taught by distance; with a few papers taught both on campus and by distance in the same semester. The MBA papers are taught both on campus and by distance. The Research Project can be done either on campus or by distance.

Programme requirements

Master of Faith-based Leadership and Management (MFBLM)


Three papers from:

CHTH 415 Reconciliation, Christian Ethics and Public Theology (Advanced)

CHTH 420 Public Theology and Social Justice (Advanced)

CHTH 422 Citizenship, Democracy and Discipleship (Advanced)

CHTH 423 Theology and Human Well-being (Advanced)

MINS 406 Theological Perspectives on Leadership

MINS 408 Cultures, Migration and Faith

One other BIBS, CHTH or MINS 400-level paper can be substituted for one of these papers.

Four papers with a combined value of 60 points chosen from BMBA 501-513

MINS 590 Research Dissertation

Note: PAST 212 Research Methods, or an equivalent paper, is required as a prerequisite for enrolment in MINS 590.

Entry criteria

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

Every applicant must either

  • be a graduate and normally have achieved an average of B+ in the 300-level papers of his or her degree programme, or
  • have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).

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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