Ranked among the top 1% of business schools in the world, Otago Business School has its admission open to both undergraduate and graduate programs. The Otago MBA program is internationally recognized and ranked #1 in New Zealand.
The admissions for Otago Business School are open twice a year requiring students to complete an application online. It is advised that students complete and submit their applications at least four months before the start of the program to be able to apply for a student visa to New Zealand.
|Acceptance Rate||Very low|
|Mode of Payment||Online|
|The student to Class Ratio||10:1|
|Application Deadlines||Depends upon the Course|
|Work Experience||Not mandatory|
The admission deadlines for Otago Business School depend on the program of enrollment. The admissions at Otago Business School are open twice a year- Semester 1 with classes starting in February and Semester 2 with classes starting in July.
The admission application deadlines for international students at Otago Business School are:
|Semester 1||October 31|
|Semester 2||April 30|
The international students can choose any of the undergraduate or postgraduate programs offered by Otago Business School. Applicants are required to meet all the admission requirements and complete their admission applications on time so that they can also apply for a student visa to study in New Zealand.
The international applicants are required to submit their language proficiency test scores in English. Some of the tests which are accepted by the business school include IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, and PTE. The minimum score requirement is different for graduate and undergraduate courses.
Otago University Business School offers undergraduate courses in various subjects including Accounting, Finance, Economics, Management, Marketing, and International Business. The Bachelor of Commerce is a three-year course consisting of a set of compulsory papers along with the subject of your choice.
Where to apply: Online
Application Fee: None
English Proficiency requirements for undergraduate students are:
|Exam||Minimum Required Score|
|IELTS||6.0 with no band score below 6.0|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80 (writing 20)|
|TOEFL (PBT)||550 (TWE 4.5)|
|Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)||176 with no band score below 169|
|Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)||176 with no band score below 169|
|PTE||58 with no communicative skills score below 50|
|India||70% in English for the All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE) or the Indian School Certificate (CISCE)|
International students need to submit the following country-specific requirements:
|Bangladesh||completion of a high school certificate and a satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with achievement at Level 4 or higher in English and at least two elective subjects, and Level 3 or higher in two other subjects (excluding Chinese language)|
|India||Minimum 75% in the All India Senior School Examination (CBSE) or Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) with a minimum of 70% in English.|
|Nepal||a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution|
The postgraduate courses offered at Otago University Business School include master and doctoral programs such as Master of Business Data Science, Master of Business Management, Master of Economics, Master of Commerce, MBA.
Where to apply: Online
Application Fee: None
English Proficiency requirements for graduate student are:
|Exam||Minimum Required Scores|
|IELTS||6.5 with no band score below 6.0|
|TOEFL (iBT)||95 (writing score 22)|
|TOEFL (PBT)||587 (TWE 4.5)|
|Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)||176|
|Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)||176|
|PTE||64 with no communicative skills score below 57|
|Course||Course Duration||Admission Requirements|
|Master of Finance||12 months (February to February)||An average grade of B+ in final year major subject|
|Full-time MBA||16 months||An undergraduate degree; Min. 3 year professional work experience &GMAT score or Otago MBA entry test|
|Master of Economics||12 months||An average grade of B+ in third-year papers|
|Master of Tourism||12 months||Three years of full-time study on certain specific disciplines with an average grade of 70% or grade B|
|Master of International Business||12 months||Approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor|
Completed graduation with an average grade of B+
If an international student wishes to be a part of the University of Otago’s Business School, he/she must have a valid student’s visa. The full-time students can apply for their visa through Student Visa Services on their campus itself. For that, the student will have to fill up a Student Visa Application form which is available online. The time taken for the process ranges from 5 to 30 days. The students are advised to submit their application forms during the busy period (in February, March, and July).
For an application to get a student visa to New Zealand, students must provide:
Otago Business School has a diverse student base with around 15% international students. In case of any admission queries, international students can contact the university for the details.