Professional programmes at Victoria Business School

Victoria Business School offers a range of flexible, tailored professional certificate, diploma and Master's programmes designed for working professionals.

Students are able to fit study in professional certificate, diploma and masters programmes around full time work, either with evening lectures or intensive block courses.

While previous university level study is an advantage, many programmes do not require it and prospective students may be admitted based on extensive practical, professional or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind.

Note: students can enter directly into Master's study, or can 'staircase' their studies through Certificate and Diploma qualifications.

A range of postgraduate level qualifications are offered within these programmes – to find out more, use the links below to visit the information pages of the individual programmes.

Professional programmes in Management and Business Administration (MBA)

We offer a comprehensive suite of programmes designed to give business professionals the skills they need for managerial and senior leadership roles in today’s fast changing workplaces.

A Victoria MBA degree will transform your thinking and decision-making, and develop leadership skills that take your business career to the next level.

Teaching techniques utilised include face-to-face classroom learning, practical dialogue through the use of case studies, visits from experienced practitioners, and projects that require you to apply your learning in real world settings. Qualifications offered, including Diploma and Certificate 'staircasing' options, include:

Professional programme in Public Policy

The professional programme in Public Policy is designed for policy analysts and advisors engaged in policy analysis, development and evaluation in the public and non-government sectors.

Master of Public Policy students learn practical problem-solving skills and techniques drawing on concepts and frameworks from economics, politics, philosophy and law, and how they can be applied to specialised areas including social policy and local government, health and education.

Professional programme in Public Management

The professional programme in Public Management focuses on governance and public sector reform, managing strategy, finances, planning, service delivery, human resources, monitoring and evalution, all with a focus on the New Zealand sector context.

The Master of Public Management degree is designed for those aspiring to a career in management in the government and non-government sectors. The programme allows students to enhance their understanding of the theory and practice of public management, boost their performance as a manager, and develop ways of improving practice in their organisations.

Professional programme in e-Government

The Master of e-Government is a one-year professional programme that will provide students with the opportunity to learn how to successfully manage complex transformational e-Government initiatives. It focuses predominantly on the public management, rather than the technical, aspects of ICT-enabled public sector reform initiatives.

Executive programme in Public Administration

The School of Government is the only New Zealand university partner of ANZSOG, a consortium of governments and universities, which offers a Master of Public Administration (Executive) programme. Entry into this programme is by selection from public sector agencies only.

Applied Finance programme

The Applied Finance programme incorporates the Master of Applied Finance degree, two postgraduate diplomas, and a postgraduate certificate.

Applied Finance courses are designed to fuse the conceptual side of finance and related areas of economics, law, accounting and management, with an instrumental or 'hands on' capability. This means our graduates acquire immediate operational capability – they hit the ground running. Qualifications offered include:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Markets Analysis
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analysis
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Treasury Management
  • Master of Applied Finance.

Professional Economics programme

The programme in Professional Economics has been developed in consultation with employers and leading economists to provide proficient individuals able to engage in rigorous economic analysis. It specifically responds to a real demand for skilled professional economists.

The qualifications within this programme equip participants with an economic toolbox that can be applied using regional, national and global perspectives and to prosper in a world of increasingly open, global markets.

Master's, Certificate, and Diploma qualifications are course-work based, and delivered either by weekly lectures or intensive multi-day blocks that best respond to student needs.

Professional programmes in Global Management and Global Marketing

Get a foot-hold in the business world with this intensive, professionally focused postgraduate programme offered by Victoria Business School. Choose from the Master of Global Management (MGMgmt) or the Master of Global Marketing (MGMktg).

Build on your undergraduate degree and gain valuable skills in management, marketing and business. The 180-point Master's programmes are course-based and include an industry placement where you'll gain real-world experience and valuable networking opportunities.

You can join the Masters in Global Management and Marketing programmes from a background in any field, and with any degree.

Professional programmes in Information Management

The Information Management programmes will appeal to professionals with working experience who wish to pursue a career in management of information systems and electronic commerce.

The ability to manage information systems is a worldwide need in businesses and governments, and the demand for information professionals will only grow in the future.

The Master of Information Management qualification is strongly experience-based. Concepts are explored in the context of real managerial situations, with case studies and examples used liberally.

Professional programmes in Information Studies

The Information Studies programmes offer broad-based qualifications for information professionals, with content and structure evolving to reflect the dynamic work environment of information and communication technologies.

These qualifications will enhance professional development of any aspiring information professional, whether employed as a librarian, archivist, records manager, or knowledge/web content manager.

All students cover the core body of knowledge required by the information professions. Master's, Diploma and Certificate qualifications can also be earned with a specialisation of either LIBS (library science) or ARCR (archives and records management).

Professional programme in Accounting

The Master’s degree in Professional Accounting is designed to provide students with the skills and understanding required as accounting professionals.

The programme will equip graduates for leadership in the profession through their knowledge of accounting issues and understanding of professional practice, ethics and procedures.

Professional programme in Business Analysis

The Master of Professional Business Analysis is designed for people in disciplines outside information technology who want to become business analysts. Recent graduates who want to add a new set of skills to their discipline are welcomed, as well as experienced candidates looking to advance their career with a new role, most likely in their original field.