Master of Business

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Programme code: AK1060
Level: 9
Points: 180
Duration: 1½ years full-time / part-time available
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. This qualification will remain open until all places have been filled.

A Master of Business is recognised as a wise investment for a senior career, and is also likely to boost earning potential. A master’s degree by research is also essential for those considering a possible academic career route.

The Master of Business is a research master’s honours degree that can be completed in just 18 months. Throughout your studies you develop advanced research skills, as well as a rigorous understanding of a specialist business field relevant to your interests. The programme equips you with the knowledge and critical thinking skills in demand in today’s complex and changing business environments. Graduates of the Master of Business are well equipped for further study in the PhD programme.

The outcomes for graduates of the Master of Business are outlined in the Graduate Profile.


  • Completed one of the following or equivalent with a B grade average or higher in all relevant prerequisite papers in the selected subject area:
    • Bachelor of Business OR
    • Graduate Diploma in Business
  • Admission to the Master of Business is subject to approval by the Dean (or representative).
  • Applicants for whom English is a second or additional language must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each band. For more details, please refer to English Language Requirements in AUT’s Academic Calendar


Graduates of the Bachelor of Business (Honours), Postgraduate Diploma in Business, Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Professional Masters programmes in business, can apply for admission to the Master of Business. Contact the Faculty Postgraduate Research Office for more details. may apply for admission to the Master of Business. Please contact the Business School Faculty Postgraduate Research Office for further details.

Completion requirements
A student with an average grade for the coursework papers falling below a B- prior to enrolment in a thesis or the dissertation may be required by the examination board to have their points reassigned to the Postgraduate Diploma in Business or the Postgraduate Certificate in Business.


To graduate with a Master of Business, you must successfully complete 180 points.

  1. Specialisation papers
    These advanced-level papers provide you with comprehensive coverage in the latest research and theories in your specialisation, and help you prepare for your independent research thesis or dissertation.

    The number of specialisation papers you must take depends on your chosen your specialisation and whether you are undertaking a thesis or dissertation in your MBus. You can specialise in:

    Business Information Systems
    Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
    International Business
    Management (including entrepreneurship and sustainability)
    Sport and Recreation Management

  2. Research Methods
    The research methods papers provide an exploration of philosophical issues underpinning the design of research and the research process. The papers include training in quantitative/qualitative research methods and analysis to prepare students to conduct a methodologically rigorous research thesis or dissertation. Choice of research methods papers varies by specialisation.
  3. Thesis or dissertation
    • Thesis (90 points) OR
    • Dissertation (45 points)

    The class of honours awarded in the programme depends on your grade performance.


For further information visit the Business Postgraduate Programme Information Page

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.46pm

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