School of Management


Have a question about the Victoria MBA?

Here are answers to some typical questions asked by prospective Victoria Master of Business Administration applicants.

If your question isn't covered here please contact the MBA Programme Administrator or the MBA Programme Director.

Q. Why do an MBA at Victoria?
Because it’s one of the best the world can offer. Victoria Business School is the first in New Zealand to have obtained accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in both Business and Accounting. Less than 1 per cent of business schools worldwide hold this distinguished hallmark of excellence.

We are also among just 58 business schools across the globe that hold the 'Triple Crown' of international accreditations from EQUIS, AACSB (in business and accounting) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

The AMBA accreditation is an internationally recognised global standard for all MBA programmes. It is the only professional membership association for more than 9000 MBA students and graduates, accredited business schools and MBA employers.

A Victoria MBA from Victoria also gives you invaluable access to the local and national business community, many of whom are alumni continuing to give their time as mentors to our current students.

Q. When can I apply for an MBA?
A. Applications are received from 1 October 2014 to 9 January 2015. Under special circumstances this may be extended. However, you may contact the MBA Programme Director anytime throughout the year to asks questions or arrange an informal interview.

Q. What qualifications do I need?
A. There are two ways to enter the MBA Programme: one is to hold any undergraduate degree from a recognised university, plus a minimum of five year's professional working history; should you not have an undergraduate degree, you can 'staircase' into the MBA via the Certificate in Management Studies or one of our postgraduate diplomas.

Q. Do I have to take the Maths Refresher Course if I am already good at Maths?
A. Maybe not, if you are already good at maths, and/or have a strong financial management background, you may be exempted from the Mathematics Refresher Course. Discuss your maths expertise with the MBA Programme Director.

Q. What attributes do I need to suceed in acheiving my MBA?
A. To suceed in a MBA programme you need a high level of motivation and personal commitment. You need work experience in a relevant business setting, strong interpersonal verbal and written communication skills, an ability to demonstrate academinc competence, and have strong leadership potential in management.   

Q. Do you have a mid-year intake?
A. No, we only have the one intake per year in February.

Q. I'm a Domestic Student -- how do I apply?
A. Send an email to our Programme Administrator, and attach a copy of your CV with references. See the Applications and Admissions section for more information.

Q.  I'm an International Student -- how do I apply?
A. You must contact Victoria International Students Office for all the details. 

Q. As an international applicant, what is the GMAT score required for application?
A. You must achieve a minimum score of 550.

Q. Can I study part-time or full-time?
A. Yes, we offer part and full-time study options, however all 16 courses must be completed within four years of enrolling.

Q. Can I cross credit any courses?
You can discuss cross-crediting courses or points with the MBA Programme Director.

Q. What are the fees?
A. The 2015 fees are $2363.40 per course (Domestic students). You can go to the VUW Fees page for updated information and a fees calculator.

Q. Can I get a Student Loan?
A. Yes, domestic students can get an interest-free loan as long as you are studying at least 60 points (four courses) in the calendar year. For more information and to apply for a loan, contact StudyLink. Please note this is for domestic students only.

Q. What is the total number of courses you have to take?
A. You have to pass 14 core courses and 2 elective courses to complete your Victoria MBA.

Q. Do you offer specialisations in your MBA programme?
A. No we do not, the Victoria MBA programme is a generalist degree covering a wide range of sectors, business types and sizes.

Q. How long does it take to complete a MBA?
A. It is usually completed within 16 months studying full time and two and a half years studying part time.

Q. Do I have to complete my MBA degree within a set time?
A. Yes, you have four years to complete from when you are enrolled.

Q. Do you offer distance learning?
A. No, we do not. All courses are taught in a lecture theatre setting, augmented by group study and project sessions, workshops and group development challenges.

Q. Do I have to take time off work to do a MBA?
A. That depends on your work situation, but to minimise work disruption all our courses are taught in the evenings or weekends at our Pipitea Campus located in the Wellington CBD.

Q. How much study time per week, am I expected to do?
A. We recommend that you spend 10 hours per week per course.

Q. Does your MBA degree have accreditation and if so by who?
A. Yes, we are among just 58 business schools worldwide that hold the "Triple Crown" of international accrediations from EQUIS, AACSB (in business and accounting) and AMBA (Association of MBAs)

Q. Can I cross-credit or exempt courses to my Master study?
A. You will have to discuss this with the MBA Programme Director when you apply for the course.