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  • QS Global RankQS Global Rankings
    Position in the QS World University Rankings: Global MBA Rankings 2020
  • DurationHow long it normally takes to complete the program.
    18 months
  • Avg. GMATAverage GMAT score for the program.
  • Fee (USD)Cost of tuition fees for full program

Otago Full-time MBA Overview

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

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