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The Otago MBA is an academically demanding programme which delivers a solid foundation across all key business areas. It is the best MBA in New Zealand and is ideal for students who are seeking part-time study options as well as distance learning.

Our flexible and interactive online MBA programme will enable you to hone your business skills and advance your career from anywhere in New Zealand and beyond.

Course structure

The Otago MBA is a rigorous two-phase programme:

  • Phase 1 consists of 12 compulsory core papers covering relevant key business areas.
  • For Phase 2, students can choose to continue their MBA studies through a professional consulting engagement, MBA summer school short courses or international exchange.

The online MBA is designed to be part-time and will usually take about two-and-a-half years to complete.

Find out more about the Otago MBA course structure, core papers and electives

Online calendar

Online students study the same curriculum as on-campus students.  The only differences between our online and on-campus programmes are the delivery mechanism and timeframe: For online students, pre-lecture reading, lectures and assignments for each subject take place over 6 weeks, with a week break between subjects.

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Otago MBA student experience

Via Zoom, our students are able to attend live weekly 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 their strong practical experience and academic excellence.

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

Find out more about the Otago MBA student experience

Online study requirements

To participate in the online classes, you will need the following:

  • Access to broadband Internet
  • A computer
  • Good headphone and microphone set (supplied by the Otago MBA)
  • Somewhere you can set yourself up comfortably


The tuition fees for the Online MBA programme are charged on a pay-as-you-go basis. For a reputable programme that ranks among the world's best MBAs, our fees are comparatively affordable.

Read about the fees structure of our MBA programme

How to apply

Find out more about intake dates, admissions information and entry requirements for the on-campus MBA programme.

Learn about the application process for the Otago MBA

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