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The University of Otago provides a special educational environment for MBA study. It is New Zealand's oldest and most-respected university, and New Zealand's top university for research. In terms of university rankings, Otago is always among the top 1–3% in the world.

Our vibrant campus lifestyle and world-class facilities attract highly-talented students and lecturers from all over New Zealand and abroad. Our MBA offers an excellent student experience for our full-time, part-time and online students with our hands-on teaching style, professional development opportunities and extracurricular activities and support.

Otago MBA teaching style

Both on-campus and online students benefit from our highly interactive and immersive teaching style.  Either in-person, or via Zoom, our students are able to attend engaging lectures, share interactive discussions with classmates and join in break-out sessions. Our students enjoy diversity in class and supportive teachers.

The rigorous curriculum is delivered by lecturers who are carefully selected for both strong practical experience and academic excellence and ensures that our students are well-equipped with the essential skills needed to succeed in the corporate world.

Meet our teaching team

Professional Development (on-campus only)

With an emphasis on preparing you to be career-ready professionals, the Otago MBA is supported by a professional development programme. This equips you with the necessary competitive advantage needed to succeed in the corporate world.

Our professional development programme is highly comprehensive and consists of:

  • workshops
  • one-on-one personal coaching
  • seminars
  • guest speakers
  • networking events

Full-time students also benefit from our mentor programme–a unique programme in the MBA world.  The Otago MBA Mentor Programme is designed to provide you with an opportunity to connect with someone from the New Zealand business community to deepen and enhance the learning and development you will gain from the Otago MBA experience.

Scholarships and prizes

Scholarships at the University of Otago

Apply for a scholarship and gain the financial support you need to achieve academic success. There is a range of scholarships available to MBA students at Otago:

University of Otago Coursework Master's Scholarship

New Zealand International Aid Agency (NZAID) scholarships

Explore other scholarships available at Otago

Prizes awarded to MBA students

There are a number of prizes presented to students studying the Otago MBA:

  • Student of the year
    $1,500 to the Student of the Year (awarded at the end of phase one).
  • Best live case presentation
    $2,000 to the syndicate who presents the best live case presentation at the end of phase one.
  • Most improved student of the year
    $750 to the most improved student of the year.
  • International Professional Consulting Engagements
    $TBA travel awards to up to three international Professional Consulting Engagements (PCE).

MBA Case competition

Both on-campus and online students also can take part in the MBA Case competition.

Competing teams of MBA students from NZ universities are provided with a hypothetical business problem to solve¬–the best strategy wins!

Read the Otago Daily Times story

Student support

Online MBA IT Support

Online MBA students benefit from a dedicated IT support team to ensure that there are no disruptions to their studies.

Find out more about the Online MBA IT support team

Student support services on campus

Students at the University of Otago are well supported by a range of academic, electronic, recreational and welfare services.

See the complete list of services and support

International student support

We provide an outstanding student experience with a strong commitment to pastoral care and support networks. For our international students, we offer additional  support services to help you settle into life at Otago.

Find out more about our international student support services

Studying in Dunedin

Based in beautiful Dunedin, New Zealand, the Otago MBA experience includes exploring our wonderful natural environment, outdoor activities and student lifestyle. Dunedin is the perfect place in which to live and study.

Explore Dunedin - a vibrant student city

Student testimonials

Hear from some of our students about their Otago MBA experience:

See also

Course structure

Application process

Fees information

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