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University of Otago School of Business


Established in 1976, the Otago MBA is New Zealand's leading MBA program with a strong international character. The Otago MBA is delivered online and on-campus.

The Otago MBA offers a unique academic adventure where a diverse group of students from all corners of the world come together to stretch personal boundaries and add real value to their careers.  Those who choose Otago for their MBA are an extraordinary bunch. They are forward-thinking and progressive, committed to hard work and adventure, and value personal achievement and social responsibility.

Key Aspects of the Otago MBA Program

International focus: The Otago MBA curriculum is designed with a strong international focus and emphasis on managing business in a highly global business environment. They are conducted by outstanding faculty members from different continents - further enhancing that global perspective.

Career Prospects: Career prospects are excellent for Otago MBA graduates.  The Otago MBA students came from all over the world and worked all over the world after graduation. Their post-study options were diverse - going back to their own home country, going on to work in a third country, or staying to work in New Zealand.

High staff to student ratio:  Their small classes mean students enjoy an excellent staff to student ratio which ensures a personalised MBA experience. Their teachers are experienced facilitators drawn from three areas - the Otago Business School, other reputable international business schools, and consultants or business practitioners.

Accreditations: The Otago Business School is accredited by the two leading international agencies, EQUIS and AACSB, making it amongst the best 65 business school worldwide with dual accreditation.

The Curriculum

The academically rigorous Otago MBA comprises 2 phases with strong focus on practical applications in the real world:

Phase 1: students take 12 core papers which cover the key areas of business and a live case study in collaboration with the business community. 

Phase 2: a wide range of specialisations is available to students through the options of:

  • on-campus electives,
  • international exchange, or
  • a business project.

On-campus specialization areas include:

  • accounting,
  • finance,
  • management,
  • marketing,
  • tourism,
  • healthcare management and
  • entrepreneurship.

International student exchange opens up even more specialisation choices.  Their exchange partners include over 20 world renowned universities and business schools.  Among them are:

  • Copenhagen Business School (Denmark),
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management (France),
  • ITAM (Mexico),
  • National University of Singapore (NUS),
  • University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School (United States),
  • Fuqua School of Business, Duke University (United States) and more.

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