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Master of Sustainable Business (MSusBus)
Master of Sustainable Business (MSusBus)

Master of Sustainable Business (MSusBus)

  • ID:UO640231
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Commerce).

  • Every applicant must either

    1. be a graduate and normally have achieved an average grade of B+ in the papers satisfying the final year major subject requirements for the degree, or

    2. have equivalent alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce).

  • In considering an applicant’s qualifications, regard will be given to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant’s performance in the programme.

English Requirements

  • IELTS Academic, Score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0). IELTS Online is also accepted.

  • Internet-based TOEFL, Score of 90 with a minimum writing score of 21 TOEFL iBT Home Edition is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing semester 2 2022 and 2023 intakes.The University of Otago TOEFL institution code is: 9483 (Please note we do not accept MyBest TOEFL scores)

  • Paper-based TOEFL, score of 587 (TWE 4.5) The University of Otago TOEFL institution code is: 9483

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), Minimum of 176

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), Minimum of 176

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50. Pearson Test of English Academic Online is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing in semester 2 2022 and 2023 intakes.

  • LanguageCert, International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill

  • NZCEL, NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement

  • University of Otago Language Centre ‘English for Otago’, English for Postgraduate Academic Purposes (EPAP), Grade C or higher

  • University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA) pathway programmes, Successful completion of the English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS) with a B Grade

  • University of Auckland Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP), Successful completion of the certificate with a B Grade

  • English New Zealand's Accredited Pathway Assessment, English New Zealand’s Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2).

Course Information

The MSusBus is an interdisciplinary programme providing you with an advanced qualification in sustainability. This is the only course of its type in New Zealand.

Drawing upon emerging research, the MSusBus positions graduates with a range of career options in the public and private sectors, such as sustainability managers, business analysts, sustainable business consultants and sustainability advisors. It provides an in-depth consideration of one of the key issues of our time – how to manage an organisation while maximising social outcomes and minimising impacts on the natural environment.

The Master of Sustainable Business is available on campus (12 months of full-time study or 24 months of part-time study) or by distance learning online (24 months of part-time study).

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Five or six compulsory papers:

  • MANT 414  Research Process (20 points)

  • MANT 437  Organisations and Sustainability (20 points)

  • MANT 447  Contemporary Issues in Sustainable Business (20 points)

  • MANT 450  Governance and Social Responsibility (20 points)

  • MANT 451  Strategic Change and Innovation (20 points)

  • Either MANT 501  Applied Project or MANT 580  Research Project (40 points each)

Plus papers to provide a combined total of 180 points from:

  • BSNS 401  The Environment of Business and Economics

  • ECON 405  The Economics of Natural Resources and Public Choice

  • EMAN 410  Energy Policy

  • ENTR 420  Sustainable Entrepreneurship

  • FINC 420  Climate and Energy Finance

  • GEOG 401  Theories of Development

  • GEOG 402  Development Planning and Practice

  • GEOG 472  Developments in Environmental Management

  • MANT 455  Leadership Development

  • MANT 459  Indigenous Management and Organisation (Advanced)

  • TOUR 422  Tourism and Global Environmental Change

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