4.700 Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is the most internationally-recognised business qualification in the world today. It is a professional degree in business management based on a practical programme with theoretical, applied and research underpinning. It covers a range of business disciplines which form the basis of executive decision-making.

The AIS MBA offers specialisations in:

  1. International Business
  2. Finance
  3. Marketing
  4. Operations and Logistics

The MBA also has three alternative pathways:

  1. 11 Taught courses including BUAD915 Exploring Business Research plus BUAD916 Applied Business Research
  2. 10 Taught courses plus BUAD920 Internship
  3. 8 Taught courses including BUAD915 Exploring Business Research plus BUAD917 Dissertation

The challenging five-stage programme makes significant time demands in order to reach the required standard.

In addition to assessed modules, the MBA integrates the curriculum through Integrated Management Learning seminars at two critical stages of the programme (after Stages 1 and 2).

The programme provides experiential learning with emphasis on sound corporate values, professional skills development and overall growth. Teaching staff are selected for their special blend of academic qualifications, research activities, current business and consulting experience, international involvement and teaching skills; providing exposure to international leading-edge best practices.

The MBA is approved and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and is continuously reviewed and monitored by international practitioners and academics at the forefront of professional business development.

Programme participants will increase and broaden their skills base and enhance their ability to think laterally, research, problem-solve, be proactive, apply new ideas, think strategically and increase managerial competence. Skills are acquired today that can be applied tomorrow.

Using the interactive lecture/seminar format for management education, skills are rapidly enhanced, building on individual experiences and blending these with new knowledge, perspectives and concepts. Small classes facilitate a highly interactive learning environment.

Classes are run Saturdays and Sundays to make the most of the working week.

MBA NZQA Qualification Overview »

Stage 1 - Four compulsory courses:

  1. ACCT801 Accounting for Managers
  2. BUAD801 Decision Support Tools and Techniques
  3. MGMT801 Management in a Multicultural Environment
  4. MKTG801 Marketing and Enterprise

Stage 2 - Two compulsory courses for the specialisation of your choice:

International Business

  1. ECON802 Economics and Global Trade
  2. MGMT902 Enterprise and Information Systems


  1. FINA802 Financial Intelligence
  2. FINA903 Financial Risk Management


  1. MKTG802 Strategic Marketing – Brands, Products and Services
  2. MKTG903 Global Marketing – Future Dynamics

Operations and Logistics

  1. OPER802 Operations, Quality and Technology
  2. OPER903 Supply Chain and Project Management

Stage 3

A number of elective courses from the following list, depending on your selected pathway:
Research pathway - four elective courses including BUAD915 Exploring Business Research.
Internship pathway - three elective courses.
Dissertation pathway - one compulsory course, BUAD915 Exploring Business Research.

Stage 4

One compulsory course for all pathways:

  1. MGMT904 Global Strategy and Leadership

Stage 5

A completion pathway:


18 months full-time

Start Dates in 2019

13 July, 7 September, 2 November

Entry Requirements

International Students

2019 Programme Fees:    NZ$31,500
Resource Fees:    NZ$2,850
Total:    NZ$34,350

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

Domestic Students

2019 Programme Fees:    NZ$20,250
Resource Fees:    NZ$2,850
Total:    NZ$23,100

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).


This programme is eligible for a student loan from Studylink. Contact Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or log on to www.studylink.govt.nz to apply for student finance.


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