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 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.
You will be expected to spend about 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).
|Capabilities for Managers
|Gain a critical awareness of the skills needed to manage complex organisations
|Research and Enquiry
|Achieve the skills needed to undertake small-scale professional projects within organisations
|Analytics for Managers
|Achieve the skills needed to critically evaluate data for decision making within applied management.
|Develop critical analysis and application skills in project management
|Learn to critically analyse information security and design appropriate information security structures for organisations
|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
|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
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
|Ensure you can meet specified business needs through critical business analysis
|User Experience Design
|Critically analyse the design and behaviour of interactive products in organisations
|Software Engineering Methodologies
|Critically analyse and apply structured and adoptive software development principles in different organisational contexts
|Software Quality Assurance
|Investigate, evaluate, recommend and apply software quality assurance methodologies and techniques in organisations
|Applied Human Resource Management
|Ensure you can provide the skills needed for the management of human resources within contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand organisations
|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
|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.
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.