This qualification prepares you for further postgraduate study. Alternatively, it also prepares you to advance your career or enhance your own organisation.
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:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 6.5 with no individual band score lower than 6.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
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 offshore online study journey will begin with an online Orientation. This session will cover introductions to staff, tips for academic success, and wellbeing information, among other things.
All courses offered at OPAIC use Moodle, which is an online learning management system (LMS). The use of the Moodle LMS means that students, no matter where they are, have ready access to all their course content.
All students have access to Microsoft Teams, where you will be able to collaborate with your classmates and work on certain tasks that have been designed by the lecturers.
Students get access to Office 365, including Teams, which they can use as part of their online interaction with lecturers and classmates.
Online students have access to the same services as students on campus. This includes online learning support, which will be available via Microsoft Teams. All online students will also have remote access to our library.
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. For on-campus students, some of these hours may be spent in a workplace gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections.
You will study
The Master of Applied Management has three pathway options.
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|
|Developing Effective Organisations||Gain a critical understanding of organisational development theory and practice in organisational contexts including Iwi/Māori organisations||8||15|
|Entrepreneurship and Innovation||Learn how to analyse the processes associated with managing entrepreneurship and innovation within both new ventures and existing firms and to assess the significant issues associated with utilising these managerial concepts to optimise organisational performance||8||15|
|Managing for Sustainability||Develop sustainable practice capabilities and learn how to apply these capabilities to a variety of applied settings as a sustainable practice manager||8||15|
|Marketing in a Digital Age||Gain the marketing management capabilities necessary to organise and manage for growth and profitability in a digital age||8||15|
|Financial Decision Making||Enables you to apply the concepts, theory and analytical techniques of finance to investment, financing and dividend decisions of a firm||8||15|
|Applied Human Resource Management||Gain the skills needed for management of human resources within contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand organisations.||8||15|
|Cross-cultural Management||Develop the capabilities to evaluate the issues that arise in the leadership of organisations when managers address culturally-determined differences in employee values, attitudes and behaviours||9||15|
|Corporate Governance and Leadership||Evaluate complex corporate governance and leadership challenges in the context of different ownership structures. This will include governance and leadership models in the context of indigenous organisations, and the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi||9||15|
|Managing Change and Adversity||Critically analyse the processes associated with achieving organisational growth, effective management of change, and the implementation of actions to respond to adversity, including how iwi/Māori organisations have managed post settlement growth||9||15|
|Management of Information Systems||To enable students to understand how information systems should be managed in order to assist in the achievement of the strategic goals of organisations.||9||15|
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.