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Study Business Administration at Otago

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Overview

Combining a strong global perspective with the diversity of our classes and opportunities for international exchange to renowned universities worldwide, students are prepared for success in the highly competitive global economy.

Contact details

Email abp@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/mba

Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Business Administration Papers.

  • Papers with a BUSA code are for Executive MBA students studying in Auckland.
  • Papers with a BUSE code are for Executive MBA students studying in Dunedin.
  • Papers with a BUSD code are for DipBusAdmin students only.
  • Papers with a BUSI code are for MBA students only.

BUSA, BUSD, BUSE and BUSI papers are not taught according to the usual whole year and semester schedule.

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Module Papers
Phase 1

BMBA 502  Marketing
BMBA 503  Organisational Leadership
BMBA 504  Statistics and Decision Tools
BMBA 505  Economics
BMBA 506  Human Resource Management
BMBA 507  Accounting
BMBA 508  Investment and Global Financial Markets
BMBA 509  Strategic Planning for International Markets
BMBA 510  Leading Sustainable Enterprises
BMBA 511  Operational Excellence
BMBA 512  International Business
BMBA 513  Strategy Implementation

Note: One BMBA 500-level paper not listed in the schedule may be substituted for another BMBA 500-level paper, with the approval of the Director of Executive Programmes in Business..

Phase 2

BUSI 540 Professional Consulting Engagement

or a minimum of 60 points for elective papers taken at the University of Otago (grouped together as BMBA 550 MBA Elective Papers)

or 60 points from international exchange (the papers involved shall be grouped together as EXCH 000 Exchange Papers; on successful completion, a student will be eligible for ad eundem credit for BMBA 535 International Exchange Papers).

or 30 points from international exchange (the papers involved shall be grouped together as EXCH 000 Exchange Papers; on successful completion, a student will be eligible for ad eundem credit for BMBA 525 International Exchange Papers) together with BMBA 530 Business Project (30 points)

or 30 points from international exchange (the papers involved shall be grouped together as EXCH 000 Exchange Papers; on successful completion, a student will be eligible for ad eundem credit for BMBA 525 International Exchange Papers) together with a minimum of 30 points for elective papers taken at the University of Otago (grouped together as BMBA 560 MBA Elective Papers)*

or 60 points for a course of study, approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce), at another tertiary institution (on successful completion, a student will be eligible for ad eundem credit for BMBA 550 MBA Elective Papers).

* selected from approved ENTR, FINC, MANT, MART and TOUR papers, normally at 400-level, and/or from approved approved 700-level PUBH papers, PHCY 524, PHCY 541, PHCY 542, HEIN 702, HEIN 703, and/or from other postgraduate papers approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce). Entry into specific elective papers will be subject to approval by the head of the host department based on the background of the student applying and on performance in the relevant MBA core papers.

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Programme Requirements

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Coursework
– for candidates studying through
the University of Otago, Dunedin

Three compulsory 20-point papers

and three elective 20-point papers selected from

  • BDBA 901 Organisational Leadership and Change
  • BDBA 902 Organisational Psychology
  • BDBA 903 Globalisation and International Trade
  • BDBA 904 Contemporary Issues in Finance
  • BDBA 908 Sustainable Business
  • BDBA 909 New Thinking in Marketing Theory
  • BDBA 910 Global Environmental Impacts on Tourism

(not all elective papers will necessarily be offered each year)

Coursework
– for candidates studying through
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Six compulsory 20-point papers

Note: Every paper must be passed with a grade of at least B+, and a confirmation presentation must be satisfactorily completed as part of the residential component of BDBA 906 or BDBC 906 Research Methodology II, before a candidate may proceed to the thesis component

Thesis – for all candidates

Preparation and submission of a scholarly work, based on research investigation, which demonstrates academic prowess and the integration of an industry report with business theory. It may include a professional business case, reporting improvement or development of a specific business area.

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