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Master of Change and Organisational Resilience

One thing certain about change is that it is constant. Learn how to develop wide-reaching organisational resilience to benefit people and organisations through times of change and disruption, building knowledge, skills and confidence to inspire and engage organisations and communities to thrive.


Times are challenging for many of us right now. If you are looking to change your career or role, or have been impacted by a restructure, we want to help. Scholarship applications close 24 May 2024. Enquire today to learn more.

July and October
Blended: online learning and in-person sessions
NZQA accredited, level 9 (180 Credits)
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Learning Outcomes

You will learn how to:

Strategise for change

Identify potential changes in the internal and external environment and developing strategies to anticipate and prepare for them.

Adapt and respond

Design organisational systems and processes that are adaptable and responsive to change so that the organisation can respond quickly and effectively to disruptions.

Continuous learning

Foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement so that employees are empowered to identify and address challenges and opportunities as they arise.

Stakeholder engagement

Develop strong relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, and regulatory bodies, to ensure that the organisation has the support it needs to navigate through challenges and adversity.

Leadership, Vision and Purpose

Providing clear leadership and guidance to employees or team members, to ensure that they understand the vision and direction of the organisation, and have the skills and knowledge they need to adapt to changes in the environment.

NZQA accredited Masters

Acquire a recognised NZQA accredited Master’s degree that has transformed your mindset to innovate, create and lead projects and businesses that will make lasting impact.

The future is defined by change and challenges: social justice, climate, disruptive technologies, and changing demographics. Leading change means more than disaster recovery and business continuity – it is a mindset shift to one that is adaptable, flexible and poised to maximise opportunities of change.

To survive disruption, whether it’s gradual or sudden, organisations need to be adaptable. In this programme, you’ll develop skills that foster collaborative working relationships, which support adaptability. You will also apply future-focused resilience frameworks to real problems in your professional environment, while considering the impact on people, place and planet.

The Master of Change and Organisational Resilience (Level 9, 180 credits) offers a blend of theoretical and practical learning. Through case studies, you’ll benefit from the wisdom of leaders and subject matter experts with experience managing change. And you’ll join a network of leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Our programme is for emerging leaders or people who want to move into specialist change roles. Whether you see your career in digital transformation, sustainable leadership or something specific to your work, you will take away a toolkit that will help you solve complex challenges and contribute to the leadership and development of resilient organisations.

Our stackable master’s is learner-centred and there are multiple pathways through the programme. You might start with our short micro-credentials or have already completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Change for Good. Our facilitators are available to support you to develop a plan to support your unique learning goals.

The programme puts you at the centre of change and possibility to enable you to clearly identify opportunities and know how to create sustainable impactful solutions. You'll work through a process to develop a project proposal bespoke to you and your identified area and then implement this project all with the support of a dedicated advisor. They will support and guide you throughout the duration of the programme and connect you with other experts, industry or academic, to help round out research and project outcomes.

The Master of Change and Organisational Resilience programme is practical, designed in close consultation with industry experts and you have the choice to either complete it with a research or real-world project. This qualification is regarded as a Research Masters when students enrol in the 90 credit Level 9 project course as part of their study.

Domestic student feeUP TO$13,300NZD
Domestic student fee$44,000NZD
July and October
Blended: online learning and in-person sessions
NZQA accredited, level 9 (180 Credits)
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academyEX is the best academic organisation I have ever been involved with after engaging with tertiary education opportunities in the UK & NZ in 43 years, so kudos to your team for the great mahi to produce such great courses run by such great people.

Dr Caroline Anson, Master of Change and Organisational Resilience


Where this could take you

Apply your knowledge and skills in a practical way to create real, meaningful change

Boost your career

Gain a recognised NZQA accredited Master’s degree that has transformed your mindset to innovate, create and lead projects and businesses that will make lasting impact

Upgrade your job description

Redevelop your role in your organisation or community to better utilise your leadership skills. Guide and enable resilient organisational practices to prepare for and respond to disruption.

Continue your impact

Level up your learning by applying for professional doctoral studies, and extend your learning and developing capability through continued implementation of your project post Masters.

Don’t take OUR WORD FOR IT

Here’s what our students say

Janet Student Story

Feeling stuck in a cycle, I knew I needed a change to re-energize myself. Seeing a colleague's transformation after completing the Master's of Technological Futures course at Tech Futures lab intrigued me. The support I received was exceptional, and though the modules were challenging, they brought out the best in me and boosted my confidence. Breaking free from old patterns, I became an active voice and practitioner, making my work much more fulfilling.

Ashley Student Story

The Mind Lab played a significant role in my journey, as it allowed me to expand my skill set in the change space and incorporate mataranga Māori into my work. Their commitment to exploring and implementing indigenous paradigms truly appealed to me.


I was drawn to MBA programs but felt they didn't align with my goals. Then, I discovered Tech Futures Lab, and it felt like the perfect fit. The Master of Technological Futures course provided real-world experiences, and to my surprise, I possessed the academic skills needed to succeed, thanks to my training in the New Zealand Defense Force.

Natalie Allumni

The hands-on experience and practical approach of the courses were refreshing, making learning directly applicable to everyday life. Now, as a food tech teacher at Kelston Intermediate, I use these lessons to empower my students and enhance their learning experience. academyEX's Mind Lab has transformed my life, and I'm excited to inspire and guide the next generation to unlock their full potential.

Never doubt yourself because with the village around you and the right support, you can achieve anything. Working with the team and The Mind Lab was a collaborative and enriching experience that further amplified the impact of the project. academyEX provides the perfect environment to unleash your potential and make a real difference!

academyEX changed everything for me. I was a boy who failed in the New Zealand education system in thge 70's. The powerful tools I gained from the classroom have been invaluable. My favorite part of the learning experience was collaborating with a team of six people, learning together, and supporting each other along the way. It was truly empowering to help others on their journey.

academyEX is the best academic organisation I have ever been involved with after engaging with tertiary education opportunities in the UK & NZ in 43 years, so kudos to your team for the great mahi to produce such great courses run by such great people.

As the first in my generation to graduate, academyEX helped me overcome systemic challenges and become a testimony of what's possible. Embracing our differences, this community welcomed us with open arms. It's a place where crazy ideas are encouraged and experimentation is celebrated.

If you're looking for something hands-on, this is the place to be! The Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Change for Good goes beyond mere theory; it's about practical application and making a genuine impact.

The support from the team is unparalleled! Don't hesitate to take that first step with academyEX because you'll never be left to flounder on your own.

I've learned so much from academyEX! It has given me the fuel to share my learnings with the young women I work with. My project focused on digital learning and building online communities, and it was incredible to apply the insights from working with thousands of young women at GirlBoss New Zealand. Education is a powerful tool that boosts your capabilities to contribute to the community. academyEX has built my confidence in the work I do, and I encourage everyone out there to do the same.

academyEX provided the platform and support to pursue my mission with passion and purpose. My project at academyEX was particularly challenging, but it was also deeply meaningful to me.


Course outline

How this Masters programme works

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Part 1: Immersion Phase.

Over 20 weeks, deep dive into learning with industry experts on a range of topics including technology, ethics, leadership, organisational complexity and culture within the context of change and resilience.

Apply your learning to your practice and begin to reflect on and develop project ideas. See FAQs below for the time commitment of this phase of the programme.


Part 2: Project Planning.

If you have completed a Postgraduate Certificate with Tech Futures Lab or The Mind Lab, you can begin your Master's journey here at Part 2 - you are a third of the way there!

Over 12 weeks, be guided to apply learning about research methods, stakeholder engagement, evidence and ethics to produce a proposal for a project that you will implement in Part 3.Work with an Industry/Academic Advisor to advance professional capability and have impact in your industry or community.


Part 3: Project Implementation.

Implement your project and develop valuable outputs over 20 (full time) or 40 (part time) weeks. Choose to complete a 90 credit project, or complement a 45 credit project with micro-credentials or elective courses to further advance your knowledge and capability.

You will work closely with an Industry/Academic Advisor who will support, connect and guide you through the project journey.

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