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.

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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 working experience will need to be submitted in the form of a CV, which can be attached to your online application.

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

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Phone +64 9 921 9906

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 courses (120 points) and elective courses (60 points).

You can choose how many courses 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 courses are 10 points each unless stated otherwise. Each course involves eight 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 four terms.

Core courses (120 points)

Elective courses

You can also take courses from other areas in AUT and credit up to 60 points to the MBA.

You can also complete elective courses at one of AUT’s international business school partners or complete a special topic course 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.

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.

Lawrence Storey
Avikash (Avi) Chandra
Daniel Zhou
Sharn Piper
Quick facts
Programme code:
1-1.5 years full-time, 2-4 years part-time
City Campus
8 May 2023
17 Jul 2023
25 Sep 2023
26 Feb 2024
6 May 2024
15 Jul 2024
23 Sep 2024
$30,384 (for 120 points)
($29,310 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$56,361 (for 180 points)
($54,750 tuition fees + $1611 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • 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.

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