In an interconnected and rapidly changing business world, knowing just the basics of business is not enough. Employers are looking for candidates with specialised, in-depth knowledge of the many intricacies of the marketplace and business operations. Entrepreneurs must possess the ability to analyse economic conditions and manage diverse staff across national borders. A bachelor’s degree, while helpful, just doesn’t cut it when it comes to these complex issues. More and more, having a postgraduate degree in a business discipline is seen as a necessary foundation, and even threshold, for meaningful success.
That’s where the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Business School comes in. This prestigious school offers a whole range of postgraduate business programs that can help you navigate the often tumultuous waters of the business world, and make you stand out from your peers.
The AUT Business School has long held a sterling reputation for its academic prowess – it is part of an elite group of only 5 percent of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. And in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016, its Accounting and Finance disciplines were placed in the top 150 worldwide.
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The school’s strong academics is matched by the diversity and breadth of its programs, which range from professional degrees to specialised research-intensive programs. The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA), which fits in the former category, gives you advanced training in the critical discipline of accounting. It allows you to pursue managerial positions in accounting firms, as well as corporate roles like chief financial officer, tax specialist, and finance manager.
The school’s Master of Applied Finance (MAF) prepares you for a lucrative and fulfilling career in the financial services sector, giving you deep insight into financial management, corporate and international finance, investment and risk management, and financial modelling. Upon graduation, you are well-positioned for financial management roles in large multinational firms and financial institutions.
The Master of Global Business (MGBus) is perfect for professionals and entrepreneurs looking to spread their wings across national borders. The program draws lessons from globalisation and its impact on management, business and society. Graduates will gain the skills necessary to manage multinational ventures and to operate in diverse business environments.
Selling a product or brand can be especially challenging in today’s crowded markets. Fortunately, the Master of Marketing (MMktg) gives you a window into the strategic decision-making that is necessary to respond to economic uncertainty, rapidly changing markets, and, perhaps most importantly, consumer sentiment and trends. Graduates may pursue roles such as brand manager, advertising and promotions manager, and chief marketing officer.
The AUT Business School has a strong commitment to high-quality and impactful research that is relevant and of value to businesses, professions, government, and society as large. Thanks to the school’s large and expansive network of research partners as well as its excellent relations with industry, students have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research with all the support and insight that they need.
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Aside from the aforementioned professional degrees, the AUT Business School offers postgraduate research degrees that give students the opportunity to make an intellectual breakthrough in their chosen field of study. Graduates can look forward to becoming top experts in business, allowing them to mature into sought-after consultants, give talks and lectures around the world, or even pursue careers in academia.
If you wish to gain your postgraduate qualification in flexible stages, you may wish to consider the Postgraduate Diploma in Business. In the one-year full-time programme, you will study papers in a specialist business discipline including Accounting, International Business, and Economics. If you wish to proceed further, you may return to complete a full-fledged Master of Business.
The Master of Business can be completed in just 18 months, during which you will develop advanced research skills and gain a rigorous understanding of a specialist field relevant to your interests. Alternatively, you may opt to do the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), which is gained by supervised research in any business topic. Both the Master of Business and Master of Philosophy are excellent pathways to PhD study.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest degree attainable at the school and is great for students who wish to pursue an academic or research career. Gaining a PhD qualifies you as an expert in your respective field, allowing you to lecture around the world and lending heft to your published material, including books for the mass audience.
Whichever programme you choose, you will sure to emerge stronger, nimbler, and more employable than your peers and competitors. Remember, postgraduate education isn’t just a piece of paper; it’s a business investment.
This article is sponsored by the Auckland University of Technology Business School. AUT Business School tutors over 5,000 young business people and innovative entrepreneurs, making it one of the largest providers of business education in the whole of New Zealand. The school is located in the heart of Auckland City, voted 18th in the QS Best Student City Ranking for 2014, and is internationally renowned for the high quality of its graduates, the positive impact of its research and meaningful engagements with business and the broader community. AUT’s Business School fosters a teaching and learning approach that’s at the forefront of business education, with strong links with industry and professional bodies that ensure the curriculum remains current and reflects the contemporary needs of business.