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MBA in New Zealand

MBA in New Zealand is a perfect management gateway qualification for international students who:

MBA in New Zealand

Ankit Kashiv – Operations Manager, ProxeeMeet. University of Otago MBA Graduate.

MBA in New Zealand

Quick facts:

*Not formally offered, but technically possible. If you’re looking for a shorter course, consider the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration instead – it’s formally 1 year but can be completed even quicker.

Visa grants:

There are a total of 7* MBA programmes available in New Zealand, offered at:

*As of January 2016, Massey University offers MBA to domestic students only.

Regardless of which provider you choose, all New Zealand MBA programmes are at minimum NZQA-accredited which means they all offer quality consistent with the top international standards (see accreditation).

Unique Characteristics

The New Zealand MBA is taught mainly in the evenings and on weekends – this allows you plenty of time to work during normal business hours (generally 8.30am to 5.00pm). Remember: international students in New Zealand are legally allowed to work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week while the course is in session and unlimited hours only during scheduled course breaks.

In case if you’re wondering, yes – all New Zealand MBA programmes are also offered part-time, but this option is impractical for international students due to certain student visa restrictions. For more information please see:

In addition to that, in most cases the MBA allows you to exit with a lesser qualification. That’s because, similar to Bachelor Degrees offered at various ITPs and PTEs in New Zealand, the MBA programme actually consists of:

*Has a different name depending on provider, but it’s essentially the same course: PGDBA, PGDipBA, PGDipBus, and PGDIP. In the case of University of Canterbury, the lesser qualification is actually a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Level 7), quite different from the others.

Whenever you see an MBA programme offered in sections, i.e. Stage I, Stage II, Part A, Part B etc. – those are usually the breakpoints for the award of a lesser qualification.


MBA in New Zealand is really no different from the MBA programmes offered at some of the world’s top business schools and universities. Curriculum varies slightly by provider, but in general it’s made of 3 parts:

If you are looking to study for an MBA with a view to settle in New Zealand and are hoping to significantly increase your career prospects, consider completing the course via some sort of a practical capstone project (i.e. internship).


Only 3 of the 7 MBA providers offer specialisations (aka concentrations) in New Zealand:

The rest offer generalist MBA degrees. If you are looking to narrow down your field of interest, you have a choice of the following specialisations:

Make sure to get in touch with us if you are not certain whether to choose a generalist vs a specialized MBA degree: it’s a difficult question that requires an answer unique to your goals. In some cases, going for a specialized business master’s degree other than MBA is the better way to go, e.g. Master of International Business (MIntBus), Master of Management (MMgt), Master of Marketing (MMktg), Master of Professional Accounting (MProfAcctg) etc.


In addition to statutory NZQA accreditation, the majority of New Zealand MBA programmes are accredited by external bodies common only to the world’s top business schools and universities:

Here’s a quick run-down of the various New Zealand MBA providers and their accreditations:

*Triple-accredited MBA providers.

Cost / Tuition Fees

Studying for an MBA in New Zealand will cost you a total anywhere from NZ$32,700 to NZ$55,068. This does not include insurance and any additional charges from your provider (which usually round up to about NZ$1000 per year).

Here’s a list of 2016 MBA tuition fees (sorted highest to lowest, rounded to the nearest dollar):

  1. Victoria University of Wellington – NZ$55,068
  2. University of Canterbury – NZ$53,200
  3. AUT – NZ$49,190
  4. University of Waikato – NZ$45,489
  5. University of Auckland – NZ$44,451
  6. University of Otago – NZ$44,400
  7. AIS – NZ$32,700

Start Dates

The following MBA providers offer only one intake per year:

Victoria University of Wellington offers 3 intakes per year (in 2016):

AIS and AUT offer 6 intakes per year (in 2016):

Admission Requirements

All New Zealand MBA providers have almost the same basic programme entry requirements:

*Related here means: “related to the intended field of study” (in most cases it’s business).

If you’d like more information about provider-specific entry requirements, leave us a message below.

How to Apply

The application process varies slightly from provider to provider, but in most cases its simple:

  1. Submit an enrolment/application form
  2. Attach the required documentation:
    1. Passport copy
    2. Academic transcripts
    3. IELTS certificate (Academic only)
    4. Letter of Intent (sometimes optional)
    5. Evidence of work experience (usually a letter from your most recent employer)
    6. Referee letters (2-3, depends on the provider)
    7. CV (aka résumé)
  3. Wait for an Offer of Place
  4. Pay your tuition fees
  5. You’re in.

If you’re seriously thinking about studying MBA in New Zealand, leave us a message below and a representative from KIWIZONE will get back to you shortly. We welcome your questions, feedback and comments.

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