University Of Canterbury Mba

The University of Canterbury’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme is a key professional milestone for many aspiring and accomplished business leaders.

By focusing on collaboration with industry, the UC MBA produces well-rounded leaders capable of creating and growing international organisations through innovation, digital transformation, data-led strategy making, and responsible societal engagement.

The programme facilitates opportunities to attend seminars, guest lectures, and networking events, in addition to the course structure which incorporates compulsory and elective courses as well as a consulting project.

The MBA offers a chance to upskill through postgraduate study, make a career change, and gain relevant business connections and experiences.

Te Kura Umanga | The UC Business School holds the ‘Triple-Crown’, of accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA), putting us in the top 1% of business schools worldwide.

Entry requirements

Students must be approved by the Dean of Business, who will take account of the relevance and standard of previous studies and experience.

A bachelor’s degree, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, must have been completed with good grades, and at least five years’ work experience is required.

Students with English as an additional language are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Business Administration or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

See the MBA application process for details of entry requirements, application forms, and start dates.

Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Subjects and courses

The MBA Schedule incorporates 120 points of compulsory courses, 15 points of elective courses, and a consulting project of 45 points.

Students who started their MBA degree before 2020 will follow a different structure. Contact the Master of Business Administration Team for more information and help planning courses.

Compulsory courses

  • MBAM 601 Digital Transformation and Technology Preparedness
  • MBAM 602 Economic Uncertainty and Organisational Agility
  • MBAM 603 Innovation-driven Customer Value
  • MBAM 604 Data Informed Strategy
  • MBAM 605 Creating impact led enterprises
  • MBAM 606 Societies in Smart Cities
  • MBAM 610 Agile and Innovative-driven Leadership
  • MBAM 620 Creative Challenge

Consulting project

  • MBAM 680 Consulting Project

Elective courses (choose courses to make up at least 15 points):

  • MBAD 644 Interpersonal Skills for Leaders (10 points)
  • MBAD 653 International Business Negotiations in Multi-cultural Environments (10 points)
  • MBAD 664 Leading Resilient Enterprises (10 points)
  • MBAD 672 Leading Collaborative Partnerships (10 points)
  • MBAD 678 Special Topic (10 points)
  • DATA 476 Special Topic: Information is Beautiful (15 points)
  • EDEM 668 The Learning Leader (30 points)

Not all courses will be offered in a given year. New 5-point courses will be offered in the future to help students make up the 15-point requirement.

Career Opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Useful information:

  • Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
  • Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
  • For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pōkai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
  • Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
  • Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.

Tuition Fees

See Tuition Fee Structure for more information


2020180Special (Set) Programme Fee$36,000


2020180Special (Set) Programme Fee$47,250
2021180Special (Set) Programme Fee$51,750

Contact us

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Business Administration.

See more information about UC’s Business Administration programmes.

For study planning help contact the Master of Business Administration Team or the College of Business and Law:

College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture 
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha 
Private Bag 4800 
Christchurch 8140 
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3300
Email [email protected]