Otago Full-time MBA Program By University of Otago Business School | Top Universities

University of Otago Business School

Commerce Building, 60 Clyde Street, Dunedin, NZ, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • QS Global MBA Rankings
    151-200
  • Program Type Full-Time MBA
  • Specializations Entrepreneurship
  • Duration 18 months
  • International students' % 95
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Employment % 95
  • Avg. salary 90100(USD)

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The Otago MBA is New Zealand's #1 MBA programme, complete with a rigorous academic curriculum, real-life cases, professional development workshops, a mentor programme and networking activities. It is ranked among the top 200 worldwide and in the top 10 in Oceania by QS.

The full-time Otago MBA is a two-phase programme, which can be completed in 15 months to two years depending on elective choices in phase 2. Phase 1 comprises about 10 months of on-campus study covering 12 core subjects and professional development. Phase 2 is highly flexible, with a wide range of specialization choices through on-campus electives, international exchange or a business project.

Beauty and the best

On-campus students get to study in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The University of Otago campus was named one of the 15 most beautiful campuses in the world by Huffington Post, UK. Dunedin was voted the most beautiful city in New Zealand by the national Keep New Zealand Beautiful Inc., a non-profit organisation. Student life is exciting and varied. 

Professional development

With an emphasis on preparing students to be career-ready professionals, the Otago MBA is supported by a professional development programme. This equips them with the essential skills and necessary competitive advantage needed to succeed in the corporate world.

The Otago MBA’s professional development programme is highly comprehensive, and consists of:

  • professional development workshops on interviewing and business networking skills
  • one-to-one personal coaching on goal setting and career direction
  • seminars covering special topics or current affairs to enrich students’ appreciation of businesses and economic scenarios
  • guest speakers noted for their significant contribution in the industry
  • networking events with professional bodies
  • mentor programme – rare in the MBA world, students are assigned practising business executives as mentors.

International student exchange 

Many Otago MBA students choose the student exchange to widen their international experience and open up further specialization choices. Their exchange partners include around 20 world renowned universities and business schools in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. These include:

  • University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University (United States)
  • Schulich School of Business (Canada)
  • Rotterdam School of Management (Netherlands)
  • Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management (France)
  • Cologne University School of Business (Germany)
  • ITAM (Mexico)
  • National University of Singapore (NUS).


The Otago MBA Business Project is a chance to perform on a large stage and gain top-notch networking experience. It is framed as a professional consulting engagement aligned with students’ career ambitions, to help them gain access to the right industry, company or professional network.


On-campus electives are available in the popular areas of accounting, finance, management, marketing, sustainability, healthcare management, tourism and entrepreneurship.


For more information, visit: otago.ac.nz/mba/full-time


About University

Established in 1976, the Otago MBA is New Zealand's #1 MBA programme with a strong international character. The Otago MBA is delivered on-campus or online. The full-time programme is ranked among the top 200 worldwide, and in the top 10 in Oceania by QS. The Otago Online MBA is ranked third in the world by London-based CEO Magazine and thirteenth by QS.Worldwide, fewer than 100 business schools hold dual EQUIS and AACSB accreditation and Otago Business School is one of them.The Otago MBA offers a unique academic adventure in which 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 programmeInternational focus: The Otago MBA curriculum is designed with a strong international focus and an emphasis on managing business in a highly global environment. It is conducted by outstanding faculty members from different continents – further enhancing that global perspective.Career prospects: Career prospects are excellent for Otago MBA graduates. Students come from all over the world and work all over the world after graduation. Their post-study options are diverse – going back to their 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 a post-study work visa. Please visit the New Zealand immigration website for more information).High staff to student ratio: Small class sizes mean students enjoy an excellent staff to student ratio, which ensures a personalised MBA experience. The teachers are experienced facilitators drawn from three areas: the Otago Business School, other reputable international business schools and consultants or business practitioners.The curriculumThe rigorous Otago MBA curriculum comprises two phases with strong focus on practical applications in the real world:Phase 1: Students take 12 core papers that 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, sustainability, healthcare management and entrepreneurship. International student exchange offers students the chance to further widen their international experience and opens up even more specialization choices. Otago has exchange partnerships with around 20 top MBA business schools and universities around the world.---For more information, visit: otago.ac.nz/mba

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