The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is the most internationally-recognized 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 specializations in:

  • International Business
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Logistics

The MBA also has three alternative pathways:

  • 27 modules and a two-month Field Study
  • 25 modules and a three-month Internship
  • 20 modules and a six-month 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 the emphasis on sound corporate values, professional skills development, and overall growth. The teaching staff is 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.

Programme Information

The MBA programme is comprised of five stages:

Stage 1

12 compulsory modules:
4.701 Financial Accounting and Analysis
4.702 Managing Information and Technology
4.704 Management Accounting and Analysis
4.705 Marketing Management
4.709 Operations Management
4.710 Cross-Cultural Behaviour and Negotiation
4.711 Business Quantitative Methods
4.712 Organisational Behaviour and Leadership
4.713 Economic Decision-Making
4.720 Business Strategy and Change Management
4.751 Business Research and Analytics
4.783 Project Management

Stage 2

Plus five compulsory modules for the specialization of your choice:

International Business

Choose any five of the following:

4.703 World Economy and Money Markets
4.708 International Business Law
4.714 Global Enterprise and International Trade
4.716 International Marketing
4.782 International Supply Chain Management
4.795 International Finance and Risk Management

Finance

4.703 World Economy and Money Markets
4.790 Corporate Finance
4.792 Financial Statement Analysis
4.794 Valuations and Investment Decision Analysis
4.795 International Finance and Risk Management

Marketing

4.714 Global Enterprise and International Trade
4.716 International Marketing
4.727 Services Marketing
4.750 Strategic Marketing
4.754 Product Development and Brand Management

Operations and Logistics

4.728 Operations Strategy and Technology
4.729 Quality Management
4.754 Product Development and Brand Management
4.782 International Supply Chain Management
4.787 Events Operations Management

Stage 3

Plus elective modules selected from the following list:

Field Study pathway - nine elective modules or eight elective modules with 4.740 Accounting Framework.

Internship pathway - seven elective modules or six elective modules with 4.740 Accounting Framework.

Dissertation pathway - One module with 4.718 Research Methods or 4.718 Research Methods only with 4.740 Accounting Framework.

4.703 World Economy and Money Markets
4.707 Human Resource Management
4.708 International Business Law
4.714 Global Enterprise and International Trade
4.716 International Marketing
4.718 Business Research Methods (Dissertation pathway)
4.719 Advanced Management of Information Systems
4.724 E-Business
4.725 Entrepreneurship / New Ventures
4.727 Services Marketing
4.728 Operations Strategy and Technology
4.729 Quality Management
4.750 Strategic Marketing
4.754 Product Development and Brand Management
4.771 Managing in Highly Regulated Environments
4.772 Legal and Ethical Issues for Practising Professionals
4.773 Managing in Dynamic Socio-Economic Sectors
4.782 International Supply Chain Management
4.787 Events Operations Management
4.790 Corporate Finance
4.792 Financial Statement Analysis
4.794 Valuations and Investment Decision Analysis
4.795 International Finance and Risk Management

Note that students entering the programme with no prior financial accounting background will be required to select 4.740 Accounting Framework in place of one elective module (or for Dissertation pathway students in the International Business/Finance/Operations and Logistics specialisations only, 4.740 Accounting Framework will replace the selection of a module from another specialisation at Stage 2).

Stage 4

Plus one compulsory module for all pathways:
4.706 International Strategic Management

Stage 5

Plus a research module:
A two-month Field Study (4.797) after completing 27 modules
A three-month Internship (4.798) after completing 25 modules
A six-month Dissertation (4.799) after completing 20 modules

Entry Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 with no individual band lower than 6.0 / TOEFL iBT 79 (with a writing score of 21) / Pearson 58 / AIS TEP 56 or equivalent with no band less than 13
  • A degree, or equivalent professional qualification as approved by the Academic Board of AIS; and
    • at least two years relevant work experience as approved by the Academic Board of AIS or
    • hold a Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business degree (recognized by Academic Board as being at least equivalent to New Zealand pass standard) or other qualification approved by the Academic Head of Business Administration Programmes (or the Academic Director or Academic Registrar in his stead) and include the module 4.798 Internship.
Program taught in:
  • English
This course is Campus based
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30,000 NZD
international students. NZ$20,250 domestic students.
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