Master of Business

The AUT Business School is known in New Zealand and internationally for the high quality of its graduates, the impact of its research and its effective engagement with business and the broader community. We attract students from New Zealand and overseas who are seeking a relevant, rigorous and engaged business education that prepares them well for business practice and a research career. Our qualifications give you a range of options and flexibility; your study can be research focused, course work based, or a combination of both.

Programme Code: AK1060
Level: 9
Points: 180
Duration: 1½ years full time / part time available
Venue: City Campus
Start Date: 2 March 2015 / 20 July 2015

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

The Master of Business is a 180-point, research masters degree which develops critical and reflective graduates with applied research capabilities. This study is grounded in a rigorous understanding of a specialist field relevant to the student’s professional and research interests. Knowledge, research and critical reflective capabilities are essential in complex and changing business environments.


  • Applicants for the Master of Business are expected to have a bachelors degree to a merit (B average) standard in the field in which they propose to undertake their Master of Business
  • Applicants who have an undergraduate degree in another field are usually expected to complete the Graduate Diploma in Business with a B average or better in their chosen subject before beginning the Master of Business
  • Applicants with relevant overseas qualifications will be assessed individually and may be required to undertake a preliminary course of study before entry into this programme
  • 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
  • In addition to the above, acceptance of applications for the Master of Business is dependent on there being appropriate staff available to supervise research in the student’s field of study


Graduates of the Bachelor of Business (Honours) or the Postgraduate Diploma in Business may apply for admission to the Master of Business. Please contact the Business School Faculty Postgraduate Research Office for further details.


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 (for example Marketing, Economics, Management), and whether you are undertaking a thesis or dissertation in your MBus

     To view the full list of papers please refer to the specialisation page. 

  2. Research Methods
    Research methods papers vary by specialisation. The research methods papers provide an exploration of philosophical issues underpinning the design of the research and the research process. The papers include training in quantitative/qualitative research methods and analysis to prepare students to conduct methodologically rigours research project.
  3. Thesis or dissertation
    Thesis (90-points): A programme of study in which the student undertakes an independent scholarly investigation of an appropriate topic, representing a sustained research investigation under supervision, which contributes to the body of knowledge in a discipline. Students should consult their academic supervisor on what is appropriate for their thesis topic and their proposed research.


    Dissertation (45-points): A programme of study in which the student designs and completes a piece of supervised research that contributes to the body of knowledge in a business discipline. Students should consult their academic supervisor on what is appropriate for their thesis topic and their proposed research.


For further information visit the Business Postgraduate Programme Information Page

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Last updated: 29-Jan-2015 9.40am

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