Master of Business Administration

The AUT Master of Business Administration (MBA) develops your leadership skills and is an invaluable tool to further your business career.

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

The MBA is highly regarded by employers and designed to offer you maximum flexibility. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the fast paced and complex business environment, where leaders need an advanced understanding of all business divisions and managing cross-cultural teams. You learn from staff who are leaders in their field, and classes focus on current professional practice and the experiences, learning and challenges of your own work environment.

Start date: 2019

Start date: 2020

Minimum entry requirements

Must have completed one of:

  • A bachelor’s degree OR
  • Graduate diploma OR
  • Relevant professional qualification or professional experience approved to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree


  • Have a minimum of five years of relevant professional experience since gaining the degree or other qualification

Evidence of work experience will need to be submitted in the form of a letter, on letterhead, from a past or current employer stating the date you started working for the company, your role, responsibilities, and the date you finished working for the company - or that you're currently employed.

Admission is subject to the approval of the MBA Director.

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in each band

English language requirements

Other requirements

  • Aptitude test and/or interview may be required

Contact us to find out more

Phone +64 9 921 6855

The MBA induction is normally held on the Friday before term starts.

In this session we welcome you to the programme and give you the information you need about AUT and the MBA.

Covered in the MBA session

  • International student session
  • Postgraduate study success seminars such as critical thinking and 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, made up of core papers (135 points) and elective papers (45 points).

You can choose how many papers you take per term to fit around work demands and personal commitments, provided you complete the qualification  within four years. You can continue working full-time while completing your MBA part-time.

All papers are 7.5 points each unless stated otherwise. 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 can start the MBA at any one of the six terms.

Core papers (135 points)

Elective papers

You can also take papers from other areas in AUT and credit up to 45 points to the MBA.

You can also complete elective papers at one of AUT’s international business school partners or 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 or for you to develop your own business idea or project.

MBA for CIPS Exectuive Diploma


This MBA pathway is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) as a route to achieving the CIPS Executive Diploma. The CIPS Executive Diploma is an advanced membership designation for CIPS members (MCIPS) and fellows (FCIPS) seeking further professional development and recognition as Chartered Procurement and Supply Professionals.

Academic requirements for CIPS Executive Diploma

Detailed information about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the MBA are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

MBA graduates step up to take influential roles within key and growth industries in New Zealand and globally, and have the ability to significantly impact the business in which they operate and the effect these businesses have in a wider context.

They have the capability, credibility and judgement to manage significant projects, teams, business units and organisations. Our MBA graduates provide inspired leadership from a multidisciplinary perspective in business, coupled with an assertive and principled approach to quality in their practice as professionals.

Quick facts
Programme code:
12-16 months full-time, 2-4 years part-time
City Campus

14 Oct 2019

6 Jan 2020

2 Mar 2020

28 Apr 2020

22 Jun 2020

17 Aug 2020

12 Oct 2020

  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • The MBA and Professional Masters programmes are 180 points, with start dates throughout the year. Total programme fees will therefore depend on paper selection and start dates.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
$53,715 (full 2019 tuition fee)
  • This represents the full 2019 tuition fee for the 180 point programme.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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