Otago Polytechnic

Master of Applied Management (Business Information Systems)



This programme is for international students only 

18 months full-time

On campus with face-to-face delivery and block courses 

January, March, June, August and October
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 January 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    22 March 2021 - 2 April 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    22 March 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    13 December 2021 - 14 January 2022
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    21 March 2022 - 1 April 2022
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    13 December 2021 - 14 January 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    16 August 2021
    13 December 2021 - 21 January 2022
    8 August 2022 - 19 August 2022
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    21 March 2022 - 1 April 2022
Successful completion of this advanced programme will enable you to confidently engage with research and its application across a range of disciplines within the applied management context.

Graduates of this qualification are critical thinkers, effective problem solvers, future-focused and apply specialised management and leadership knowledge and capabilities to new situations within the field of business management. 

Management occupations are projected to grow rapidly over the next ten years leading to an increasing need for management professionals. There is also an increasing demand for those professionals to hold higher level qualifications. 

This Master offers you three pathway options: Coursework, Professional Project and Coursework, or Research Thesis. Within the programme, you will also have the opportunity to attend employability workshops, industry and guest speaker events. 

It will prepare you for further postgraduate study or alternatively, you could seek employment in a range of roles including:

  • Business Analyst 
  • Business Intelligence Analyst 
  • Information Systems Analyst 
  • Information Systems Security Analyst 
  • Project Manager 
  • Technical/Solution Architect 
  • User Experience / Front End Designer 
  • Information Systems Researcher 

This programme is offered by Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement with Otago Polytechnic.


Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements are:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) in a related discipline with a grade average at Level 7/8 of B- or higher, OR
  • A combination of academic qualifications and relevant skills and knowledge acquired through work or professional experience that is deemed equivalent to the above.
  • International applicants must demonstrate that they have equivalent academic qualifications and experience. Click here for your country's equivalent academic entry requirements.  
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Selection criteria 

Where there are more applicants than places available, applicants will be selected on the basis of the best academic records and their admission recommended to the OPAIC Director, Learning and Teaching who will approve the final selection.

Pathways into this programme

You may have completed an undergraduate degree in a different discipline and be working in a management role. There are no specific foundation/bridging programmes in applied management for this qualification. Where English proficiency does not meet the required IELTS level, you may pathway to this qualification by completing the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5) which is available at Otago Polytechnic.

Your workload

You will be expected to spend about 38 hours per week (or 300 hours per study block) on your course work. This includes both scheduled class time and self-directed study. Some of these hours may be spent in a workplace gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections. 

Auckland study block dates > 

You will study  

The Master of Applied Management has three pathway options

1. Coursework

Complete the four compulsory courses listed below plus eight other courses (including at least three Level 9 courses) from the electives list.

2. Professional Project and coursework

Complete the four compulsory courses listed below plus Professional Project (45 credits, Level 9) and five courses at Level 8 and Level 9 (at least two courses must be at Level 9) from the electives list. 

3. Research Thesis

Complete the four compulsory courses listed below plus Research Thesis (120 credits, Level 9). 

Course name Course description Level Credits
Capabilities for Managers Gain a critical awareness of the skills needed to manage complex organisations  8 15 
Research and Enquiry Achieve the skills needed to undertake small-scale professional projects within organisations  8 15 
Analytics for Managers  Achieve the skills needed to critically evaluate data for decision making within applied management.  8 15 
Project Management Develop critical analysis and application skills in project management   8 15 
ELECTIVES Elective name  Level  Credits 
Information Security Learn to critically analyse information security and design appropriate information security structures for organisations   8 15
Business Intelligence Critically evaluate the processes and principles behind data analytics and extract information from large data sets that may be used to benefit a particular business or organisation   9 15
Management of Information Systems Understand how information systems should be managed in order to assist in the achievement of the strategic goals of the organisation  9 15
Business Solutions Architecture Learn how to critically analyse, evaluate and apply the concepts and procedures used for the successful planning, design and implementation of an enterprise architecture based on an organisational strategy   8 15
Business Analysis Ensure you can meet specified business needs through critical business analysis  9 15
User Experience Design Critically analyse the design and behaviour of interactive products in organisations   8 15
Software Engineering Methodologies Critically analyse and apply structured and adoptive software development principles in different organisational contexts  8 15
Software Quality Assurance Investigate, evaluate, recommend and apply software quality assurance methodologies and techniques in organisations  8 15
Applied Human Resource Management Ensure you can provide the skills needed for the management of human resources within contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand organisations 8 15
Professional Project This course is compulsory in the course work and Professional Project option only. It will enable you to critically apply skills and knowledge gained during the programme to complete an ethical applied professional project that contributes to professional practice in management  9 45
Research Thesis This course is compulsory in the Research Thesis option only. It will provide you with the opportunity to undertake individual study on a significant research project. It will enable you to produce methodologically and ethically sound study that will contribute advanced knowledge in the context of applied management.  9 120


Recognition of Prior Learning 

If you already have extensive knowledge and skills gained from practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification in the course of your life.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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