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.
COVID-19 vaccination information
On campus delivery
- As this programme is delivered on campus/on-site, you will need to provide us with a valid My Vaccine Pass before 1 February 2022 if you want to study with us.
- All locations where our teaching occurs face-to-face are classed as an Otago Polytechnic site.
- You will be asked to provide us with your My Vaccine Pass during your application and enrolment process.
- In exceptional circumstances, exemptions may be granted to this. You can find out more about this in our vaccination policy. If you think you have grounds to be exempt from our vaccination requirements, please email Covidfirstname.lastname@example.org
Online delivery (offshore international students only)
- As this programme is delivered fully online and offshore, you do not need to provide us with a My Vaccine Pass.
Pathways into this programme
You may have completed an undergraduate degree in a different discipline and be working in a management or information systems 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|
|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|
The following courses are subject to availability and number of enrolments.
|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.