The AIS St Helens MBA is one of the largest MBA programmes in New Zealand. The MBA Programme offers four specialisations in the areas of International Business,Finance, Marketing, and Operations and Logistics.
The MBA also integrates the curriculum through Integrated Management Learning seminars at two critical stages of the programme (after stage one and two) and offers three alternative pathways*; Field Study, Internship and Dissertation at stage five of the programme.
The programme provides experiential learning with emphasis on sound corporate values, professional skills development and overall wisdom. It is approved and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and is continuously reviewed and monitored by international practitioners and academics at the forefront of professional business development.
This combination of research, together with the best work-related practices, underpinned by a solid academic grounding in key business disciplines, provides an MBA credential that is of international quality.
Faculty teaching staff are selected for their special blend of academic qualifications, research activities, current business and consulting experience and international involvement, as well as teaching experience, thus providing exposure to international leading-edge best practices.
The MBA Programme has formed three students councils; MBA Student Academic Council, MBA Student Placement Council and MBA Student Cultural and Sports Council. All councils function under the overall guidance of the Head of the MBA Programme in organising social events, sports tournaments and cultural weeks. Students actively participate in each of these events including networking with MBA alumni and industry practitioners.
The programme provides an opportunity to expand international networks and business opportunities through wider personal contacts with individuals who share a common commitment to higher professional achievement.
The programme will increase and broaden the skills base of participants and enhance their ability to think laterally, research, problem-solve, be proactive, apply new ideas, think strategically and increase managerial competence. Skills are acquired today that can be applied tomorrow.
Class sizes are generally restricted to 20 students to ensure that the level of learning and participation is of the highest quality.
Pre-MBA Bridging Pathways
If you have an undergraduate diploma and meet all other criteria, you may be granted admission conditional on successful completion of a Pre-MBA Studies Programme comprising one, two or three semesters of study. The Head of the MBA programme will approve the undergraduate degree courses undertaken within the Pre-MBA Studies Programme.
How the MBA is Structured
The AIS St Helens MBA is an 18-month programme comprising assessed modules, integrated learning seminars and three alternative pathways; Field Study, Internship and Dissertation.
The programme can be completed in a time frame and at an intensity that reflects a student's personal life. It is a challenging five-stage programme that makes significant demands on time to reach the required standard.
MBA Orientation and Professional Development Activities
The MBA orientation workshops on Leadership Development, Presentation Skills, Business Writing, Use of Databases, Industrial Visit and Mentorship Programme are integral components of the programme. These workshops provide added professional value for career advancement.
An industrial visit provides exposure to real-life business operations and management systems. The programme also offers guest lectures on contemporary management topics from business practitioners.
The overall orientation programme develops the team and organisational leadership skills of students.
The full-time programme is based on completing modules in 12 months
with the dissertation being completed in the following six months. Seminars/lectures are generally scheduled on two weekends a month (around a fortnight apart), eight hours on a Saturday and eight hours on a Sunday, with some weekday evening courses.