A Master of Business is recognised as a wise investment for a senior career, and is 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 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 placed for further study in the PhD programme.
Completed one of the following or equivalent with a B grade average or higher in courses at level 7 or above:
Admission to the Master of Business is subject to approval by the dean (or representative).
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.
To graduate with a Master of Business, you must successfully complete 180 points from:
The class of honours awarded in the programme depends on your grade performance.
These advanced-level courses cover the latest research and theories in your specialisation, and help you prepare for your independent research thesis or dissertation.
Click on the Specialisations tab above to view the structure, and courses on offer in each specialisation of the Master of Business.
The research methods courses explore philosophical issues underpinning the design of research and the research process. They include training in research methods to prepare students to conduct methodologically rigorous research.
*In the Economics specialisation you will complete 45 points of research methods courses and a minimum of 45 points in the specialisation
A thesis is an intellectual enquiry of an appropriate topic in your business discipline, presenting an independent scholarly argument involving original research that contributes to the body of knowledge in your discipline.
Your dissertation is an independent scholarly investigation of an appropriate research topic that contributes to the body of knowledge in a business discipline.
**If you take the dissertation option you need to complete additional 30 points of courses taken from the specialisation or elective courses.
The outcome for graduates for the Master of Business are outlines in the Graduate Profile below.
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.