MBA programme details

The Master of Business Administration is for those aspiring to senior management level, those already in senior management wanting to realise their full potential, or those who are self-employed looking for the business skills they need to succeed.

 Programme Code: AK3717
 1 to 1 1/2 years full time / 2 to 4 years part time
City Campus
Application deadline:
Students are advised to apply as soon as possible to secure a place.


AUT's MBA is designed to offer you maximum flexibility. This allows you to continue working full time while completing your MBA part time.

You can choose the number of papers taken in any given term to fit around work demands, travel, and personal commitments provided you complete the qualification (180 points) within the required time period of four years.

Full time students usually complete the MBA within 18mths, however you can fast track and complete the qualification in one year.

Part time, the MBA usually takes between two to four years.

  • Each paper involves six weeks of class learning
  • One three-hour class per week
  • This is followed by an examination week then a one week preparation period for the following term

You may commence the MBA at any one of the six terms as listed in the current 2016 schedule below.

The MBA timetable is available here (pdf to view online or download)



Term Commences


Exam Week

AUT & Public Holidays

Term 1

4 January

6 January

13 February

30 January Auckland Anniversary

6 February Waitangi Day

Term 2

27 February

24 February

10 April

14 April Good Friday, 17 - 18 April Easter Break

25 April ANZAC Day holiday

Term 3

24 April

21 April

5 June

5 June Queen's Birthday

Term 4

19 June

16 June

31 July


Term 5

14 August

11 August

25 September


Term 6

9 October

6 October

20 November

23 October Labour Day

MBA Induction

MBA Induction is normally held on the Friday before the commencement of term. Induction welcomes you to the programme and gives you the information you need about AUT and the MBA, including:

  • International student session
  • Postgraduate study success seminars such as:
    • Critical thinking & academic writing
    • Databases, referencing and plagiarism
    • Goals and study options
  • Information systems
  • Library information
  • Enrolment and administration guidance
  • Collecting textbooks
  • City campus tour

The outcomes for graduates of this programme are outlined in the Graduate Profile.


To graduate with an MBA you must successfully complete 180 points, which is made up of core papers (135 points) and elective papers (45 points).

All papers are 7.5 points each unless stated otherwise.

For further information please visit the MBA programme information page. 

MBA - Further Study and Opportunities

Opportunities are also available for you to complete a special topic paper in a relevant area, subject to the approval of the MBA Director. There are opportunities to work with start up companies at AUT’s Business Innovation Centre or for you to develop your own business idea or project.

You can also complement study by completing elective papers at one of AUT’s International Business School partners, subject to approval by the MBA Director.

For more information contact:

The MBA and Professional Masters Programme Administrator
(09) 921 9135

Last updated: 27-Jan-2017 10.55am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.