Master of Digital Transformation

42 weeks
NZQF Level 9 (180 credits)

Start Dates
(25% discount available)
(25% discount available)
(25% discount available)
Course Fees (Year 1. See fees information.)
Domestic $16,511.00 NZD
International TBC
Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree and/or professional experience.

Portfolio Requirements

Written personal statement, proof of previous qualifications, professional CV.

Study Options

Study online


What is a Master of Digital Transformation?

Become a Digital Leader with this programme that has been created by industry leaders for working adults with industry experience, or qualifications.

Developed in response to the increasing demand for future-focused business leaders in the digital age, this programme provides sound knowledge of the digital tools and capabilities needed to grow in an increasingly competitive global market through digital innovation.

Customise your programme by choosing from the wide range of available electives to suit your business needs, including:

  • Agile Mindset
  • Artificial intelligence (A.I.)
  • Blockchain
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cyber Security
  • Design Thinking and Creative Intelligence
  • Dynamic Leadership
  • Human Centred Design
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • User Experience (UX)
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Why should I study a Masters of Digital Transformation?


A Masters of Digital Transformation will prime you to become a digital leader and provide opportunities to work in any industry that is looking to grow or preserve itself in the face of evolving technology.

You will gain the skillset to tackle innovation questions and solutions, and provide insight into benefits of utilising certain technologies that are applicable to the industry you are involved in.

Prime candidates for this programme will include industry professionals with experience, providing context to apply Digital Transformation processes and strategies to their own internal framework; or those looking to transition to a new platform in their career by becoming an expert in emerging technological fields and wishing to revolutionise workplaces or provide thought-leadership.

Our Digital Transformation Programme is delivered online, and has been divided into manageable components, in order to fit in with a professional schedule.

What will I learn from studying a Masters of Digital Transformation?

Digital transformation is the commonly used term for integrating digital technologies in a business or organisation. A digital transformation strategy can fundamentally change how a business operates, delivers value to customers, and grows in an ever increasing competitive global environment.

Graduates of this online programme will have gained a high level understanding of the purpose and function of current and emerging technologies that lead to digital transformation. They will also have the capability to evaluate an organisation’s capacity and readiness for digital transformation and design and implement innovative digital solutions.

Integral to this programme is Mātauranga Māori (kawa and tikanga), Māori ethics and the Treaty of Waitangi principles as it relates to the digital industry.

This programme will help you to future-proof your career by developing your knowledge and understanding of digital technologies. We will support and encourage you to rethink old operating models, experiment more, and become more agile in your ability to meet changing business and market needs.

This programme is delivered fully online, with optional support through on-campus networking events, meetings and masterclasses.

Course Outline

What you'll cover in this course

For the award of a Master of Digital Transformation, a student must complete the eight common 6-credit components; two elective 6-credit components; the four common 12-credit components and one elective 12-credit components to a total of 120 credits (at NZQF Level 8), plus one 60-credit component (at NZQF Level 9) to a total of 180 credits.


Students cannot progress from the first to the second semester without having successfully completed the requirements of the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Transformation, and from semester two to three without having successfully completed the requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Transformation. 

Study Duration

The Postgraduate Certificate of Digital Transformation, Level 8, 60 credits

  • 14 Weeks (Full time)
  • 42 Weeks (1 academic year) (Part time)

The Postgraduate Diploma of Digital Transformation, Level 8, 120 credits

  • 28 Weeks (Full time) 
  • 84 Weeks (2 academic years) (Part time)

The Master of Digital Transformation, Level 9, 180 credits

  • 42 Weeks (Full time)
  • 126 Weeks (3 academic years) (Part time)

Students must complete the eight common 6-credit components; two elective 6-credit components; the four common 12-credit components and one elective 12-credit components to a total of 120 credits (at NZQF Level 8), plus one 60-credit component (at NZQF Level 9) to a total of 180 credits (see below).

Component Name Credits Toggle
Digital Transformation
Design Thinking and Creative Intelligence
Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
User Experience
The Internet of Things
Cloud Computing
Agile Mindset
Dynamic Leadership
Social Enterprise
Business Decision Analytics
Systems Thinking
Work Integrated Learning
Research Methodologies
Human Centred Design
Secure by Design
Management, People and Teams
Major Project

Qualification Requirements

Qualifications you'll need for this course

  • A Bachelor's degree, with an average grade of B or higher in all final-year components*, in a relevant discipline (e.g. business or management studies)


  • A Bachelor’s degree, with an average grade of B or higher in all final-year components*, in an unrelated discipline, and a minimum of two years’ work experience that is relevant to the aim of this programme


  • Professional experience and documentary evidence of outcomes in the work environment that demonstrate an ability to perform in the programme and commit to achieving its outcomes (including a CV showing a minimum of six years relevant employment and recommendation letters from employers or professional colleagues).

*Applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree with an average grade of B- or lower may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma of Digital Transformation.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • All applicants need to provide a Personal Statement, written by the applicant, explaining why they believe they should study on the programme, their motivations and further career aspirations.
  • Admission for individuals without the required qualification will be based on the evaluation of documentary evidence (including the completed application form, an academic record, and a CV showing a minimum of six years employment, and a recommendation letter) of the individual applicant’s ability to undertake postgraduate study in Digital Transformation.
  • A personal interview may be required and will cover prior education (formal, informal and work based training), personal knowledge and experience of digital transformation and motivation for post graduate study.
  • All entry applications are assessed by the Programme Director.
  • Applicants without a Bachelor degree will also require formal approval by the Executive Dean and will be enrolled into the Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Transformation. Once the qualification has been successfully completed, the applicant may then enrol in the Master of Digital Transformation.


Career impacts of studying a Master of Digital Transformation

Graduates who successfully complete the Master of Digital Transformation will be in the position to take on various strategic and digital leadership roles across a wide range of industries and sectors that have responsibility for managing digital transformation within an organisation.

Employment pathways will be determined by the graduates’ previous education, experience and choice of career. These roles could include: managers, supervisors, consultants, or strategists, in the areas of: general business or operations; or more specific areas such as marketing, finance, human resources, innovation, risk, strategy, and entrepreneurship.

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