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Postgraduate Business Programmes at Otago

Postgraduate study at the Otago Business School offers you the opportunity to gain advanced qualifications in your chosen business field. You will have access to research-informed teaching and supervision by acknowledged leaders in their fields; vital to ensuring your qualification will be acknowledged internationally as being of the highest quality.

Postgraduate students enrolling in a taught programme will also benefit from small discussion-based classes.

The Otago Business School offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes, of varying lengths. These include diplomas, masters degrees (both research and coursework taught), and PhD degrees.

Postgraduate Business Qualifications

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Honours and diplomas

Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)

A one-year programme to enhance existing qualifications or experience, or as a bridge to postgraduate study.

Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom (Hons))

A one-year postgraduate degree that can be entered (subject to application) after completing a BCom or equivalent degree.

Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom)

A one-year paper-based or dissertation-based programme, designed for graduates seeking to enhance their undergraduate degree and career prospects.

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Coursework (Taught) masters

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Otago MBA is offered in a variety of formats to fit your lifestyle - Online, Full-time on-campus, Part-time on-campus, or Executive MBA.  Otago's MBA has a strong focus on managerial relevance, practical application, and your own personal development.

Master of Business Data Science (MBusDataSc)

A one-year masters qualification consisting of seven taught papers + either an applied or research project that enables you to meet the needs of industry, and manage and assess large scale data issues.

Master of Economics (MEcon)

The MEcon can be studied either full-time (12 months) or part-time starting either Semester One (Feb) or Semester Two (July). It involves both coursework and a research dissertation and is aimed at students with an undergraduate major in economics that includes a solid grounding in mathematical economics and econometrics. It is designed to equip you with the skills needed by economic practitioners and policymakers, as well as researchers and PhD candidates in economics.

Master of Entrepreneurship (MEntr)

A fifteen-month programme designed to support those with an entrepreneurial spirit who want to start an innovative new venture and who aspire to the entrepreneurial lifestyle.

Master of Finance (MFinc)

A one-year masters qualification consisting of seven taught papers plus a written project, designed for people seeking a career in the finance industry or for financial specialists in non-financial firms.

Master of International Business (MIntBus)

A one-year masters qualification consisting of seven taught papers plus a written project (applied or research). The MIntBus is designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to work across cultural boundaries in the expanding global business environment, and to advance your career opportunities.

Master of Māori and Indigenous Business (MMAIBus)

The MMAIBus is an innovative part-time, masters programme starting in April 2018 offered in partnership with five other New Zealand universities. It is aimed at those involved in Māori and Indigenous business, or those who wish to enhance their understanding in this field, perhaps as business owners, managers or administrators. This unique programme caters to people from degree and non-degree backgrounds with managerial experience who wish to remain in the workforce while they study.

Master of Marketing (MMart)

The MMart is a one-year or 18-month full-time degree that encompasses both coursework and research. Students have the opportunity to choose between an academic or an industry focus for their research project. Graduates of the MMart programme will be prepared for a professional career in the public or private sector. The MMart can also be used as a pathway to doctoral-level study in Marketing for those students successfully completing BSNS 580.

Master of Professional Accounting (MProfAcct)

Otago’s MProfAcct provides an opportunity for graduates with little or no experience or qualifications in accounting to pursue professional accreditation through an intensive course of study and applied research over a period of 18 months.  On completion of the degree students can gain professional membership with CAANZ and CPA Australia.

Master of Sustainable Business (MSusBus)

This 12-month master's is an interdisciplinary programme drawing on emerging research in the field to provide you with an advanced qualification in sustainability, and its relevance to the business community. As a graduate you will have a wide range of career options such as sustainability managers for industry, business analysts, sustainable business consultants, and sustainable development managers.

Master of Tourism (MTour)

A one-year taught masters degree. Gain a detailed and high level critical understanding of tourism, and related areas, as both an industry and social phenomenon.

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Coursework (taught) doctorate

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Otago's DBA is a new initiative. The aim of the programme is to ensure that knowledge is developed to have direct and practical application for businesses with a strong focus on socially responsible business. The degree is structured to allow candidates to continue working and to focus on specific business problems within their own workplace as part of their degree.

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Research masters and PhD

Master of Business (MBus) (Not offered in 2017)

An eighteen-month professionally-oriented specialist qualification designed to meet the needs of both employers and students. The programme is a hybrid of a coursework (taught) masters and a research masters, consisting of two semesters of papers and a nine-month 96point thesis.

Master of Commerce (MCom)

A one-year thesis-only research degree.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A three-year thesis-only research degree

Programme graduate attributes

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Postgraduate information and resources

There are many online resources for postgraduate students.

View the Postgraduate Information and Resources page to find out more about postgraduate study at the Otago Business School.

Read the latest edition of the Otago Post – an online magazine delivered via email three times a year.

Find additional information for postgraduate students of the University of Otago.

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Postgraduate enrolment & application

Postgraduate students are required both to enrol with the University of Otago, and also apply to the Otago Business School for admission to a programme of study.

Apply for a postgraduate Business course at the University of Otago.

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If you have further questions, please contact:

University Information Centre
PO Box 56
Dunedin
New Zealand

Tel 0800 80 80 98 (callers within New Zealand only) or,
Tel 64 3 479 7000 (callers outside New Zealand)
Email university@otago.ac.nz

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