Looking for a top MBA but perhaps other commitments are preventing you from studying full-time or being on-campus?
The University of Otago offers its MBA online. Via Zoom, you are able to attend live weekly lectures, share interactive discussions with your classmates and join in break-out sessions.
Live classes are held in the evenings twice a week, and you would be expected to attend all classes. Classes are also recorded for revision purposes. View the video below to find out what the students and lecturers say about the Otago Online MBA.
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.
The thirty-month 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 professional consulting engagement 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 professional consulting engagement.
The University of Otago.
Established in 1869, 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. It offers a vibrant campus lifestyle, attracting highly-talented people from all over New Zealand and abroad. Over 50% of Otago’s staff and teaching faculty are foreign-born. On-campus students come from about 100 different countries.
The Business School
The Otago Business School.
The Otago Business School has an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching. We are New Zealand's leading business school for research (PBRF Quality Evaluation 2018). We are also ranked #1 for research in New Zealand.
We have dual international accreditation through AACSB and EQUIS, and is a founding member of the PIM network of the world’s leading business schools.
Otago Business School is one of the first schools worldwide to adopt the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Surrounded by world-renowned lecturers and immersed in world-leading research, you will truly be part of a world-class business hub.
For its size and location, the Otago online MBA punches above its weight as a world-class MBA and the top online MBA in Australasia.
The ongoing commitment of Otago online MBA to meet the ever-changing needs of future business leaders saw the programme ranked:
- 10th best online MBA globally (QS, 2020)
- 5th best online MBA worldwide (CEO Magazine, 2020)
The Otago MBA application process is rigorous and includes the completion of this form, an interview and a video conference presentation on a recent news item.
Applications are processed on a rolling basis.
The Otago MBA minimum entry requirements are the same for both online and on-campus, and include:
• An undergraduate degree (or equivalent or an acceptable level of management experience)
• A minimum of 3 years' professional / management experience
• A 550+ GMAT score or a 'pass' in the Otago MBA Admissions Test
• An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent (if English is not your first language)
Application procedure The Otago MBA's rolling admissions process means applications are considered as they are received.
Our application process differs from other MBA programs. There are no submissions essays and no fees to apply. You do not have to complete your GMAT or IELTS prior to applying.
If shortlisted, we will request and review your CV and we may then invite you to attend a video conference interview.
Our class size is small and seats are limited; applications close when seats are filled, so submit your application early.
Tuition and Fees
The tuition fees for the Online MBA programme are charged on a pay-as-you-go basis.
For Online MBA students, Phase One can be completed in about two and a half years. It consists of 12 papers each valued at 15 points.
Phase Two is 60 points and include a professional consulting engagement.
Assuming it takes three years to complete the MBA, here are the likely approximate fees scenarios:
For NZ citizens, or NZ permanent residents studying in NZ, the fees are:
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Professional Consulting Engagement (BMBA 540 - 60 points)
For overseas students and NZ permanent residents studying outside of NZ, the fees are:
|Fees per 15-point paper||Total|
|Professional Consulting Engagement (BMBA 540 - 60 points)|