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University of Otago Business School

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  • QS Global RankQS Global Rankings
    Position in the QS World University Rankings: Global MBA Rankings 2019
  • GMATRange of average GMAT scores across all MBA programs at the institution
    550-650 - Low
    651-700 - Medium
    701-800 - High
  • DemographyAge range of students across all MBA programs at the institution.
    34-35 Yrs.
  • ScholarshipIndication as to whether the institution provides scholarships for MBA programs.



Established in 1976, the Otago MBA is New Zealand's leading MBA program, with a strong international character. The Otago MBA is delivered online or on-campus. Their full-time program is ranked among the top 250 worldwide by QS and top 5 in Oceania by Eduniversal. The Otago Online MBA is ranked 4th best in the world by London-based CEO Magazine and 24th best by QS. 

The Otago Business School is accredited by the two leading international agencies, they are EQUIS and AACSB.  Only 77 business schools in the world have achieved this dual accreditation.

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.  Otago MBA students 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 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. (International students who intend to work in New Zealand after graduation may be eligible for post-study work visa, please visit the New Zealand immigration website for more information.)

High staff to student ratio:  Their small class size means 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.

The Curriculum

The rigorous Otago MBA curriculum 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 specializations 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 offers students the chance to further widen their international experience and opens up even more specialization choices.  Their exchange partners include over 20 world renowned universities and business schools. 

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