Why choose the Business School?

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s world-ranked university and the Business School is known for its excellence, innovation, teaching and research.

Key benefits

Business School academic staff are committed to delivering high quality teaching and research in topics that are forward-focused and relevant. We offer the following benefits to our students:

  • Business classes take place in the Sir Owen G Glenn Building, which was built in 2008 and includes lecture theatres, case rooms, computer labs, study areas, seminar rooms, a café and a bank.
  • We are one of only four business schools in Australasia with our own careers centre. The Business School ASB Careers Centre provides free skills workshops, one-on-one coaching, networking events and services to help students plan their career.
  • Typically, 75% of our business graduates are employed at the time of their graduation while a further 16% go on to postgraduate study.
  • A double major enables you to enhance your career options by combining two specialist fields of study in business and economics.
  • Conjoint degrees give you the option to combine specialist fields across two faculties, such as commerce with science or law.
  • Our entry standards are the highest for business and economics of any New Zealand university.
  • The seven teaching departments are consistently ranked among the top of their fields in Australasia.
  • Exciting and challenging opportunities for personal development are on offer through activities such as Velocity, the University of Auckland Entrepreneurship Challenge and the Management Consulting Club’s business case competitions.
  • The University has active links with other parts of the world through research collaboration, and staff and student exchange arrangements with more than 90 universities in at least 25 countries.
  • The Sir Owen G Glenn Building is within walking distance of the city centre, including the central business district.

New Zealand's world-ranked university

The University of Auckland is considered New Zealand’s leading university based on the following rankings and accreditation:

  • We are New Zealand’s leading university, ranked 82nd in the QS World University Ranking 2018.
  • The University of Auckland is the highest ranked university in New Zealand for its global reputation amongst both academics and employers.
  • Our Department of Accounting and Finance is ranked 37th in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2016).
  • Our Business School is in the 1% of Business Schools worldwide to hold Triple Crown accreditation from the leading international bodies: AACSB International, EFMD-EQUIS and AMBA.
  • Most innovative university in Australia and New Zealand, ranked 27th, in the Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities ranking. 
  • The University of Auckland demonstrates the greatest depth and breadth of research activity in New Zealand, according to the 2012 PBRF assessment by the Tertiary Education Commission. This is based on:
    • The number and proportion of top-ranked researchers.
    • The number of research degree completions.
    • The scale of its assessable external research income.

For a quick overview of the University, including key facts and figures, please visit The University page.


Business School ASB Careers Centre

The Business School ASB Careers Centre has a clear focus on supporting student development. It offers a range of services to assist you with career planning, development and management.

Delivered through a programme of skills workshops, employer interactions and individual support, the Careers Centre will help you start a successful and rewarding career when you graduate. In addition, you have access to further support and opportunities from the University of Auckland Career Development and Employabilty Services (CDES).

Visit the Business School ASB Careers Centre section

Visit the University of Auckland Career Development and Employability Services (CDES)


Business School case competitions

Each year the Business School selects and trains teams of talented students to travel around the world and compete against other universities in case competitions.

The programme has become an important component in the life of the Business School. Places on the teams are keenly contested and students find it is a strong point of differentiation with potential employers.

In each competition the teams are given a real-life business situation and asked to develop a strategy to address the issues. The subject of the case can vary from small technology start-ups to large multinationals, and teams present their solution to a panel of judges comprising a group of prominent business professionals.

During the case competition programme, students develop a strong understanding of:

  • How to work in high performance teams
  • How to apply theory to real-life situations
  • How to deliver a message clearly and effectively.

Find out about our case competitions in the clubs and societies section


Support for specific groups of students

The Business School has some key student support services to ensure you have the support you need to succeed.


Auckland, a vibrant city campus

Auckland is the gateway to New Zealand’s natural beauty and is surrounded two harbours and native forests.

Auckland is a safe, multicultural and vibrant city of 1.5 million residents, ranked 3rd best city in the 2015 Mercer Quality of Living Survey.

The University of Auckland City Campus has more than 15 food outlets and a wide variety of entertainment such as the Maidment Theatre, Gus Fisher Gallery, George Fraser Gallery, Window, and Projectspace B431.

You can join the University’s sport and recreation programme, including access to the Recreation Centre, and there are more than 120 clubs to join across a range of social interests.

For more information please visit our Life in Auckland page.


The University of Auckland postgraduate experience

Postgraduate study space and lounge

Level 2 of the Sir Owen G Glenn Building offers dedicated study spaces for postgraduate students with computers, printers and wireless capabilities.

Business Information Centre

Located in room 201 on Level 2 of the Sir Owen G Glenn Building, the Business Information Centre provides support for all our staff and postgraduate students in their teaching, learning and research activities.

To learn more about the above please visit our Facilities and resources page.

For more reasons to choose postgraduate study at the University of Auckland, visit the central postgraduate website: Why choose Auckland?