Master of Māori and Indigenous 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.
 

The Master of Māori and Indigenous Business (MMAIBus) is a part-time, online master’s degree and is tailored to help you gain the skills and knowledge to help lead the burgeoning Māori economy.

This programme is a good fit if you want to:

  • Improve your career and senior management prospects
  • Develop advanced business skills; and gain an appreciation of Māori and indigenous approaches and values to business theory and business practice.

MMAIBus is a national collaboration between six New Zealand universities and leading Māori academics and business people, and has been designed to provide capable business people across New Zealand with access to advanced business education.

MMAIBus is for those involved or seeking involvement in Māori and indigenous business and those who wish to enhance their understanding in this field, perhaps as business owners, managers or administrators. This post-experience, part-time, online programme will equip graduates for senior leadership roles.
 
Programme code:  AK1080
Level:   9
Points:  180
Duration:  This programme is part-time only, over 3 years and comprises at least 45 points worth of papers at level 9 with the remainder at level 8.
Venue: Classes are online, allowing you to complete the work when and where it suits you, although there will be set timeframes around assessment.

Your study will kick off with a two-day wānanga, which will connect you with your national community of MAIBus staff and students. Support services and group collaboration will also be explained to you during the wānanga.   

Start date: Start dates for 2018 are to be confirmed but please contact Nikki Thomson to register your interest.

The MMAIBus is a 180-point part-time, online Masters programme offered by the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Massey University, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Waikato. The six universities share delivery of the programme providing you with access to leading academics and practitioners nationwide. Students enrol online with the university of their choice.

Students study part-time over three years. Each paper is distance-taught in blocks of ten weeks, four per calendar year. Students will undertake self-directed, individual and collaborative work and assignment preparation via an online learning management system, enabling students to study without compromising work commitments.

Throughout the programme you will engage with dynamic, relevant and meaningful content which has evolved from consultation with iwi, hapū and whānau, community and corporate leaders.

The burgeoning Māori economy needs skilled graduates able to stimulate local, national and international growth. You will gain advanced skills, knowledge and understanding of the practice and theory of Māori and indigenous business, organisations and communities.

You will gain insight into cultural values and ethical business practice; be able to conduct independent research, seek innovative solutions and develop executable business strategies; and critically analyse, using culturally appropriate methods, sophisticated theories and appropriate technologies.

The programme’s content evolved from consultation with iwi, hapῡ and whanau, and community and corporate leaders. You will engage with leaders within the Māori and indigenous business world and will undertake a capstone (applied) project on a real-world issue.

Entry requirements

Students admitted to the master’s programme will be expected to hold an undergraduate degree with a grade average of B- or higher, or equivalent qualification that shows the applicant’s ability to undertake postgraduate study.

Consideration will be given to relevant work experience and all applicants will be expected to have held positions of responsibility.

Applicants without an undergraduate degree may be able to start with a postgraduate diploma and then transition to the master’s programme. 

Further programme requirements

Applicants must have at least three years’ relevant management experience and have performed to an acceptable level in any tests of academic aptitude and/or interviews prescribed by the Board of Studies for Māori and indigenous business.

Note: The programme is designed with exit point options at the Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Business after the completion of 60 points and a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business following 120 points for students who do not meet the requirements for continuation or choose to exit the programme before completing the master’s degree.

Structure

You will be expected to complete 12 core papers (180 points) to attain your master’s degree.

Generally, the MMAIBus journey will require you to take one paper during each 10-week quarter over three years.

Postgraduate pathways

Management Experience Pathway

If you are not eligible for the MMAIBus then you may be able to enter the programme via the Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business pathway.

Further programme requirements for this pathway include, at least five years’ relevant management experience and performed to an acceptable level in any tests of academic aptitude and/or interviews prescribed by the Board of Studies for Māori and Indigenous Business.

Bachelor with Honours Pathway

Students admitted to the master’s programme from honours programmes in a business discipline must pass courses with a total value of 120 points (instead of the 180 points).

Further programme requirements for this pathway include, at least three years’ relevant management experience and performed to an acceptable level in any tests of academic aptitude and/or interviews prescribed by the Board of Studies for Māori and Indigenous Business.

Postgraduate Diploma Pathway

Students admitted to the masters with an approved postgraduate diploma must pass courses with a total value of 120 points (instead of the 180 points).

Further study options

The qualifications are applied in nature, and are not intended to lead directly into a PhD programme. Graduates of the MMAIBus would not be able to continue with advanced academic study without completing further qualifying courses in research methodology and undertaking an appropriate research dissertation/project (minimum 30 points) prior to admission into a PhD programme.

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Last updated: 23-Jun-2017 9.30am

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