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The Otago Online MBA

Looking for a top MBA but perhaps other commitments are preventing you from studying full-time or being on-campus?

The University of Otago is now offering its MBA online – we are bringing the classroom to you. Using our advanced e-learning system, you will be able to attend live weekly lectures, share interactive discussions with your classmates and join in break-out sessions.

If you are unable to attend a class, most lectures are recorded for revision purposes. View the video below to find out what the students and lecturers say about the Otago Online MBA.

For how a class is conducted, watch an introductory video on accounting.

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Quality MBA programme

The only differences between our online and on-campus programmes are the delivery mechanism and timeframe. You will study exactly the same curriculum as the on-campus students, submit the same assignments and sit similar examinations. Entry requirements are the same for all our MBA programmes.

The online programme is designed to be part-time and will take two-and-a-half years to complete instead of the on-campus 15 months.

Structure of the Otago Online MBA

The three years curriculum comprises 2 phases:

  • In Phase 1, students take 12 core papers over about 2.5 years. Pre-lecture reading, lectures and examinations for each subject take place over 8 weeks, with a week break between subjects. The total credits for phase one are 180 (each paper is worth 15 credits).
  • Phase 2 requires a further 60 credits. Students undertake a business project or international exchange or a combination of these up to 60 points. For example, students could spend two weeks on exchange in Austria or in Thailand and gain 15 credits, followed by a 45 point business project.

What you need to attend the class

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


Fees for the online programme can be paid on a pay-as-you go basis, paper by paper. New Zealanders can normally get domestic fees and access to a Studylink loan.

Otago Online MBA fees

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