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Online MBA hitting the right note

Thursday 20 August 2015 4:15pm

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The online formula has proved very popular for those working full-time but wanting to study for their MBA.

Otago’s new online Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme has begun so well that a second intake is planned for next month.

The first cohort started in May 2015, with 26 enrolled students from New Zealand, Australia, and as far afield as Saudi Arabia.

MBA Web Marketing Manager Hester Cheong says the feedback coming in from the first group is superb – with students commenting on the quality of the course and the effectiveness of the online delivery.

"... we recognised that there are professionals who want to pursue a high quality MBA programme but are unable to undertake it on-campus or full-time."

“Before we launched the Otago Online MBA, we recognised that there are professionals who want to pursue a high quality MBA programme but are unable to undertake it on-campus or full-time.

“Applications streamed in fast from high-achievers who wanted to hone their business skills and advance their careers. As applications continued to come in after the first class started, we decided to start another intake in September 2015 and are inviting applications.”

The Otago Online MBA is live, interactive and collaborative. Lectures are delivered live over the internet through the e-learning system twice a week, in the evenings. Students participate in interactive discussions with classmates through breakout sessions. Similarly, group assignments are discussed in virtual syndicate rooms, provided by the Otago MBA.

“Many of our students have commented about how engaging our course is – some say it is the first time they have felt truly engaged in education. This is a real achievement for us.”

Ms Cheong says the online programme retains the same rigorous curriculum of the on-campus MBA, the interactive style, and the practical applications through real life case studies and business projects. It just takes slightly longer – two-and-a-half years, instead of the usual 15 months for full-time students.

“Papers are studied one at a time, in sequence, in seven-week blocks for two years, followed by a business research project. This really suits people who work full-time.”

Interested in the course?

To enrol, click here to fill out the form and the Admission Manager, Susan Steer, will get in touch.