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EMBA - Executive Master of Business Administration

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1.5 years
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Start date: 22-February-2021
Pipitea Campus
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Elevate your leadership skills with an executive qualification that strengthens your analytical rigour and strategic acumen. Choose to complete your Executive Master of Business Administration (Executive MBA) intensively or part time, with structures that are designed to help you balance study, work, and life.

Take your career to the next level

An Executive MBA sends a message to your professional peers and future employers—about your intellectual ability, professional experience, executive calibre, and understanding of innovation in business.

Learn from academic and professional leaders and build powerful networks with your fellow students. You'll master tools and models that improve strategic thinking, decision making, and leadership.

Develop practical skills that you can immediately put to use in your professional life, and build a bank of knowledge that will maximise your career potential.

International study tour

You’ll apply your learning in a live consultancy project. Take part in the international study tour and work overseas with an international business, or choose to stay local and lend your skills to a New Zealand-based organisation.

International recognition

Our business administration programme is accredited to the British-based Association of MBAs (AMBA), an internationally recognised global standard for all MBA programmes.

Wellington School of Business and Government is among a small group of business schools worldwide that hold the 'Triple Crown' of international business education accreditations. You can be confident your qualification will stand up against the best around the world.

What you'll study

Choose to study the 180-point Executive MBA intensively or part-time.

Part 1

In Part 1 you’ll complete eight core courses, giving you a solid grounding in key business opportunities and issues. These include organisational theory topics like leadership, structure, culture and change, corporate financial management, strategic marketing, and digital transformation.

You’ll also have the chance to travel internationally, putting your new skills to good use as a consultant to an overseas organisation.

Part 2

In Part 2 you’ll choose an elective from courses that cover topics including innovation and entrepreneurship, negotiation and dispute resolution, and strategic management.

Or choose to focus on the field most relevant to you, with selected courses from the University’s business school.

Block format

The Executive MBA is structured at three courses per trimester. Courses are delivered in an intensive block format. That means that lectures, tutorials, and workshops are delivered on Friday and Saturday, every other week, throughout the year.


Set your sights on roles like chief executive, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, chief marketing officer, chief information officer, and general manager.

Many Victoria University of Wellington business administration graduates are now C-suite business and public sector executives, both in New Zealand and overseas.

The performance lift and opportunities for promotion that the MBA qualifications offer can significantly increase your earning power.

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you'll need to have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration, with at least a B average
  • At least five years of professional work experience
  • Acceptance by the Programme Director as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study.

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing; Pearson Test of English: score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50); EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5


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