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Otago MBA course structure

The Otago MBA is an academically demanding and rigorous two-phase programme which delivers a solid foundation across all key business areas.

Both programmes share the same curriculum, submit the same assignments and the entry requirements are  the same for all our MBA programmes.

Phase 1

Phase 1 consists of the following components:

12 compulsory core papers

The core papers cover key business areas and have been specially designed for our MBA programme.
Find more information about the Otago MBA core papers

Live case study (on-campus only)

The on-campus programmes include a live case study conducted in collaboration with the business community.

Extra-curricular activities

Extra-curricular activities and professional development opportunities vary for online and on-campus programmes.

Activity On-campus
Guest speakers Yes Yes Yes
MBA Case Competition Yes Yes Yes
Professional development programme Yes Yes No
Mentor programme Yes No No
One-to-one personal coaching Yes Yes No
Workshops and seminars Yes Yes No
Business networking events Yes Yes No

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Phase 2

Phase 2 can be completed through one or a combination of the following options:

Professional consulting engagement

This business project is one of the highlights of the Otago MBA programme. It is an opportunity to work with a real-world client on a project that is aligned with your career ambition. Your project is marked based on your ability to manage the project process, interactions with the client and the quality of your final report.

Elective papers  (on-campus only, available to online students)

The University of Otago MBA offers six 10-point short courses in advanced topics taught every January to February.

International exchange programme

The Otago MBA has international exchange partnerships with 20 top MBA business schools and universities around the world.

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