Otago Polytechnic

Master of Applied Management


Auckland. This programme is for international students only. 

One and a half years full-time

On campus 

January, March, June, August and October
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Auckland International Campus
    14 January 2018
    18 May 2018 - 5 June 2018
    5 October 2018 - 23 October 2018
    9 March 2018 - 26 March 2018
    27 July 2018 - 13 August 2018
  • Auckland International Campus
    26 March 2018
    27 July 2018 - 13 August 2018
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
    18 May 2018 - 5 June 2018
    5 October 2018 - 23 October 2018
  • Auckland International Campus
    5 June 2018
  • Auckland International Campus
    13 August 2018
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
    17 May 2019 - 28 May 2019
    5 October 2018 - 15 October 2018
    8 March 2019 - 19 March 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    23 October 2018
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    14 January 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 March 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    4 June 2019
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
    6 March 2020 - 21 March 2020
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    12 August 2019
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
    15 May 2020 - 1 June 2020
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
    6 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    21 October 2019
    6 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
    24 July 2020 - 10 August 2020
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
    15 May 2020 - 1 June 2020
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 and there is also an increasing demand for those professionals to hold higher level qualifications. Applicants for these roles are therefore at a considerable advantage with a postgraduate qualification.

This qualification offers you three pathway options: Coursework, Professional Project and Coursework, or Research Thesis. 

This programme is delivered through the Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement between Otago Polytechnic and the provider.

Graduate pathways

This qualification prepares you for further postgraduate study. Alternatively, it also prepares you to advance your career or enhance your own organisation.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements are:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) in a related discipline with a grade average at Level 7, 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.  

All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.5, with no band score lower than 6.0 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills. 

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 AIC 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 (Professional/Academic) (Level 5) which is available at Otago Polytechnic.

Your workload

It is expected that you will study for 30 hours per week. This includes a minimum of 6.4 hours per week in structured directed learning, a small number of hours in an applied workplace or learning environment to support your chosen electives and at least 23 hours per week in self-directed study.

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 
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 
Project Management Develop critical analysis and application skills in project management   8 15 
Business Management major electives      
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 organizational performance 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 15
Marketing in a Digital Age Gain the marketing management capabilities necessary to organise and manage for growth and profitability in a digital age  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 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 15 
Managing Growth, 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 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.    
Professional Project  Apply the skills and knowledge you have gained during your programme to complete an applied professional project that contributes to professional practice in management within your chosen major 9 45
Research Thesis 

Complete a significant body of independent research to:

  • demonstrate systematic engagement with contemporary and critical thinking in a chosen field,
  • demonstrate mastery of theoretically sophisticated knowledge and specialised skills, and
  • to confidently articulate the impact and contribution of this work in a wider context.

This research thesis enables you to gain a strong foundation in completing research, which prepares you to be researchers or undertake doctoral study

9 120
Further study options 

Successful completion of this programme can lead to further postgraduate study or you could undertake academic research. Alternatively, you could enhance the management and leadership of organisations.

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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