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 2015 schedule below.

The 2015 MBA timetable is available here (pdf to view online or download)



Term Commences


Exam Week

AUT & Public Holidays

Term 1

5 January

9 January

16 February

26 January Auckland Anniversary

6 February Waitangi Day

Term 2

2 March

27 February

20 April

3 April Good Friday, 6-7April Easter Break

27 April ANZAC Day holiday

Term 3

4 May

1 May

15 June

1 June Queen's Birthday

Term 4

29 June

26 June

10 August


Term 5

24 August

21 August

5 October


Term 6

19 October

16 October

30 November

26 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


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). You can choose to specialise in a particular discipline and extend your studies in that field by completing a minimum of 37.5 points of elective papers within a particular discipline (as specified in the academic calendar).

All papers are 7.5 points each unless stated otherwise.

Core Papers (135 points)

ACCT840 Accounting for Managers
BSYS840 Information Technology Management
BUSS995 Applied Business Project (30 points)
ECON841 Macroeconomics for Business
FINA842 Foundations of Finance
HRMG840 Human Resource Management
Global Business Perspectives

MGMT840 Cognition and Performance
MGMT843 Organisational Change Management
MGMT845 Leadership and Personal Development
MGMT849 Operations Management
MGMT940 Business Strategy
MGMT941 Business Strategy Simulation
MKTG841 Marketing Management
SUSE840 Sustainability and Change

Specialisation option

Students choose 45 points from across all disciplines.  To gain a specialisation you complete a minimum of 37.5 points from one of the specialisation groups below.

Human Resource Management
EMPL840 Employment Relations
HRMG841 International Human Resource Management
INTB843 Cross Cultural Management
MGMT841 Negotiation
MGMT842 High Performance Teams
MGMT844 Personal and Professional Development

MGMT848 Organisational Behaviour

International Business
ECON842 International Trade for Business
HRMG841 International Human Resource Management
INTB841 International Business Strategy and Management

INTB842 International Business and Emerging Markets
INTB843 Cross Cultural Management
MKTG840 International Marketing

MKTG840 International Marketing
MKTG842 Marketing Strategy
MKTG843 Business to Business Marketing
MKTG844 Consumer Behaviour
MKTG845 Marketing Research
MKTG846 Service Marketing
MKTG847 Strategic Brand Management
SALE840 Sales Management
SUSE842 Sustainable Design and Marketing

Operations and Management
ENTR840 Entrepreneurship
ENTR841 Social Entrepreneurship

MGMT841 Negotiation
MGMT842 High Performance Teams
MGMT846 Business to Business & Alliances

MGMT847 Corporate Governance and Responsibility

MGMT850 Project Management
MGMT851 Supply Chain Management
MGMT852 Quality Management

Extended Applied Business Project Option

BUSS997 Extended Applied Business Project (60 points) (instead of BUSS995 Applied Business Project)

Research Methods Paper (15 points)

Specialisation Pathway option*

Supply Chain Management
Core paper
MGMT849 Operations Management

Elective papers (Students are required to complete all 5 x 7.5 point papers):

MGMT841 Negotiation
MGMT850 Project Management

MGMT851 Supply Chain Management
MGMT852 Quality Management
MGMT855 Procurement Management

Creative Technologies (Students are required to complete 3 papers from the list)
CTEC803 Transmedia (15 points)
CTEC804 Serious Play (15 points)
CTEC802 Entrepreneurial Strategies (15 points)
CTEC801Transdisciplinary Practice (15 points)
CTEC808 Special Topic A (15 points)


Creative Technologies Applied Business Project (60 points)


*Appropriate recognition for the Supply Chain Management and Creative Technologies pathway will be provided through an addendum to the graduation parchment.

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:

Nikki Thomson
(09) 921 9628

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Last updated: 08-Oct-2015 2.55pm

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