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Master of Entrepreneurship (MEntr)

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Are you a budding entrepreneur?

The Master of Entrepreneurship gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to strike out on your own! The programme is offered in Dunedin, and structured to allow you to remain in your current job elsewhere in New Zealand or Australia if you wish.

Our programme was awarded the Outstanding Entrepreneurship Programme Abroad Award in January 2013, by The United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).

Take a look at the listings below for further details on the programme:

Programme overview

The Master of Entrepreneurship is a three-semester qualification, divided into two parts:

Part I

The first twelve months (or two semesters) of the course is divided into six papers, each lasting six weeks. Each paper has an intensive four to five day on-campus course, followed by a number of assignments which students can complete off-campus.

Part II

The second part of the degree (one semester) consists of a business incubation report that is undertaken following the completion of the six papers. Participants undertake a real-life business project to assess the feasibility of their proposed service, product or business process, and to plan its implementation. Alternatively, students can base their report on a local entrepreneur’s new venture. This project integrates the knowledge and skills that students have learnt in the previous six papers, and bridges the academic and practical learning approaches.

What background do I need to enroll for the Master of Entrepreneurship?

Applicants seeking admission would normally be expected to have a Bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) or have an alternative professional qualification. The programme does not assume participants have prior knowledge of any particular business discipline, so the degree is suited to budding entrepreneurs from the arts, sciences and professions as well as Commerce. Satisfactory training or experience in management or business or other entrepreneurial activity would also be considered if it is deemed to be the equivalent of a degree.

Applicants seeking admission to the program would normally be expected to have a Bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) with a B/B+ grade average. However, emphasis is also placed on the life experiences and "entrepreneurial talent" of applicants, so a good grade average is not the only entry criterion.

Where is the programme based?

Many of our students come to Dunedin for the duration of the degree to experience life at Otago but others come for each paper from cities like Auckland, Wellington and even Australia and then return home. The structure of the programme means that you do not have to give up your job or move cities to study entrepreneurship at the University of Otago. However it is a full time programme so you do need to have sufficient time to dedicate to completing the assignments to achieve good grades.

Programme papers

The Master of Entrepreneurship programme requires you to complete six papers plus an incubation project.

Find out more about the ENTR papers on offer.

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Programme intakes

The Master of Entrepreneurship programme is run in Dunedin.

The next Dunedin intake starts in February 2017.  See the timetable for 2017 at the bottom of this page.

For more information about our intakes, please contact:

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Enrolment and programme regulations

Applications are accepted up until the beginning of each intake.

View our most up-to-date regulations.

Part-time study

The Master of Entrepreneurship is designed as a full-time course but, in special circumstances, part-time study may be possible.

For more information regarding part-time study options, please contact:

Further information (Timetables, Fees, Handbook, Information Sheet)