University of Auckland Business School

Program Strengths

The Executive MBA Programs at the University of Auckland focus on professional development and thought leadership. With a program emphasis on ‘how to think’ rather than ‘what to think,’ students gain the most value in developing their critical decision-making and leadership capabilities. With small class sizes and a high level of customization, the program carefully selects students to ensure a balance of complementary experience and aptitudes. Much of the program is delivered through interactive case study discussion and real-life consultancy projects.

Curriculum Highlights

In the final half of the second year, students complete a module, Coaching for Change, which puts their personal values, aspirations, and assumptions to the test. Students often find this one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, parts of the course. Another highlight, the International Business Trip differs from many other standard programs. As part of the trip, students complete a consulting project for a New Zealand business operating in the market where students travel for their international trip. Rather than an exercise in general international business and cultural considerations, students arrange and meet with potential clients, partners, and suppliers of the company that they represent. Many of these projects lead to major strategic opportunities for the selected businesses, and the program also requires participants to compile a report on the trade opportunities for New Zealand as a whole in the market of choice.

Leadership Development

The second half of the University of Auckland Executive MBA Program concentrates on developing the leadership capability of students. The program’s faculty members are some of the world’s most renowned leadership experts. The Leadership and Ethics module includes subjects such as leadership in crisis, change leadership, and ethical leadership and governance. As one of the program’s final assignments, students write a statement of intent for “life after the MBA” based on the leadership skills that they developed during the program. Alumni often mention this assignment as one of the most impactful parts of their learning, and they revisit this document frequently after graduation