Entry requirements

  • Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) who must be satisfied that the candidate has the ability and experience to complete the degree.
  • Every applicant must normally be a graduate and have achieved an average grade of B+ or better in 300-level papers, or have an alternative professional qualification.
  • In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who is not a graduate may be considered on the basis of alternative qualifications or satisfactory training and experience in management or administration in business or other entrepreneurial activity. Such preparation must be equivalent to a degree, and the candidate must provide evidence of ability to undertake advanced level academic study. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) may require a candidate to pass one or more prescribed papers either before admission to or concurrently with the programme.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre English for Otago programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Entrepreneurship (MEntr) degree is a 15-month programme designed to support those with an entrepreneurial spirit who want to start an innovative new venture and who aspire to the entrepreneurial lifestyle.

The MEntr is based upon the premise that the knowledge and skills needed to survive and thrive in business can be taught while the attitudes required of entrepreneurs can be identified and encouraged.

Entrepreneurs are responsible for the development and introduction of many new products and services, and for opening new markets. Entrepreneurship is also important in today’s changing world for the solutions it brings to environmental, social, and economic challenges.

It used to be thought that entrepreneurs were special, that they were born rather than made. However, research has shown that entrepreneurs learn to do what they do, and their success depends largely on their skill and expertise in business.


Part A

Five required papers:

  • ENTR 411 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • ENTR 412 Feasibility Analysis
  • ENTR 413 Finance for Entrepreneurs
  • ENTR 414 Marketing and Selling
  • ENTR 415 New Venture Strategy

plus one of

  • ENTR 420 Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • ENTR 421 Technology and Entrepreneurship
  • TOUR 416 Tourism Entrepreneurship and Business

Part B

ENTR 525 Business Project

Note: Subject to approval from the Academic Leader, up to six students not enrolled for the MEntr Programme, but otherwise qualified for admission, may enrol for each of the papers in Part A. The normal prerequisites for the papers may be waived for such students.

Information for international students

Otago offers students an unrivalled campus experience and a vibrant, social student culture. The majority of Otago’s 21,000 students live, work and play in Dunedin - New Zealand’s only true university city. Otago is home to over 3,000 students, from over 100 countries.

Fees and funding

International students
NZ $46,584

New Zealand is a relatively affordable country to live in. Dunedin, being a student-focused city, has living and entertainment options for all budgets.

Students are eligible for the Otago International Excellence Scholarship.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MEntr
    full time
    15 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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