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 orgnisations through times of change and disruption, building knowledge, skills and confidence to inspire and enage organisations and communities to thrive.

NZ$12,999inc GST
Master of Change and Organisational Resilience* (180 Credits)
Blended; online learning & face-to-face sessions
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Outcomes and Pathways

What this course offers and how you will benefit

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 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 the Leading Change for Good Postgraduate Certificate. Our facilitators are available to support you to develop a plan to support your unique learning goals.

Anticipating change: This involves identifying potential changes in the internal and external environment and developing strategies to anticipate and prepare for them.

Building flexible structures and processes: This involves designing organisational systems and processes that are adaptable and responsive to change so that the organisation can respond quickly and effectively to disruptions.

Developing a work culture of continuous learning and improvement: This involves fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement so that employees are empowered to identify and address challenges and opportunities as they arise.

Building strong relationships and partnerships: This involves developing 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.

Providing leadership and guidance: This involves 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.


Where this could take you

Apply your sustainability knowledge 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

Continued learning

Level up your learning by applying for professional doctoral studies


How this Masters programme works

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Apply and Enrol

If you are ready to enrol, complete the online application form. Upon receiving your application, we will be in touch to arrange a time for you to have a chat with our Programme Lead, before the onboarding process begins to join your intake for orientation and the start of your Master's journey.


Launch into the Master's through one of three pathways: 4 x MCOR courses, a Postgradaute certificate (for example, Leading Change for Good, or Human Potential for the Digital Economy) or 4 x micro-credentials delivered by academyEX. Not matter which pathway, you will explore drivers of change and the need for more resilient organisations and systems.

Plan and Implement

Develop a proposal for a change project (worth either 45 or 90 level 9 credits) within your organisation or community, and be guided by an Advisor throughout the implementation of your project. You have the opportunity to make change and have positive impact through a project you are passionate about and produce outputs of value after your Master's journey.

Post Masters

Continue to apply your new knowledge and skills in your workplace or organisation. Micro-credentials may provide an opportunity to dive deeper into a topic of interest, or you could level up with further study through a professional doctorate.


What you need to know

The Master of Change and Organisational Resilience is delivered full time (across 13 months) and part time (across 19 months)

  • Part 1: 20 weeks, with a 1.5 hour weekly online session, and full day face-to-face workshops every 4-6 weeks. Weekly applied, hands-on learning in your practice + additional preparation and collaboration work outside of this (roughly 14-16 hours per week).

  • Part 2: 14 weeks, with a 1.5 hour weekly online session, and full day face-to-face workshops every 4-6 weeks. Weekly applied, hands-on learning in your practice + additional preparation and collaboration work outside of this (roughly 14-16 hours per week). You will be working one-on-one with an Advisor and meet with them fortnightly at a time that works for you both. 

  • Part 3: Your Practice-Based Change Project. Delivered part-time (18-20 hours per week over 40 weeks) or full-time (over 20 weeks, 40 hours per week).

For those students unable to attend the face to face, hybrid sessions may be offered. Students who choose to complete the course online can still participate and complete the programme. At both online and face to face sessions students will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts.

For further information, download our 2023 student prospectus.

There are three intakes of this masters programme per year, starting in February, July and October in 2023. 

For more details about key dates, download our 2023 student prospectus.

Applications close one week before the start date of the intake you are applying for. Please see Key Dates in our 2023 student prospectus for specific application close dates. 

Applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis after the application close date at the discretion of academyEX. Please contact if you applications are closed and you would like to apply.

  • The domestic tuition fee for the Programme is up to $12,999 (including GST) depending on the pathway chosen. Exact tuition fee can be provided by the team once you have an idea of the pathway most suitable for you. 

  • The fee for international students in New Zealand is NZD$44,000 (including GST)

  • The fee for international students outside of New Zealand is NZD$28,695

academyEX offers a range of scholarships to support people to study and help to minimise barriers to learning. The following scholarships can be applied for, and cover 75% of the programme fees.

  • Tangata Whenua - for learners who identify as Māori 

  • Pacific Ako - for learners who identify as Pacific 

  • Taipakeke - for learners who are aged 60 years and over. 

  • Impact Scholarship - for learners who are positively impacting people, society and/or the planet.

Early Bird Discount: 

There is an Early Bird discount of 10% off the course fees for domestic students who apply 4 weeks before the start date of an intake, and 8 weeks before the start of an intake for international students. The discount will be applied to your invoice automatically through the enrolment process. 

Please note: Early Bird Discount and Scholarships cannot both be applied. If you receive a scholarship, the remaining amount payable will not be discounted with the early bird rate.

Find out more, including scholarship terms and conditions, by visiting our Scholarships page.

Yes, domestic students studying in New Zealand can apply for a StudyLink Student Loan for this programme. 

Check this StudyLink page for more details on how to apply. Domestics students may also be eligible for Fees Free

To be admitted to the Master of Change and Organisational Resilience, all applicants must:

  • have a recognised Bachelor's Degree or Level 7 Graduate Diploma (or higher) AND a minimum of two years relevant industry experience.


  • have at least 5 years professional experience in a relevant industry or community demonstrating through evidence equivalence or higher to the qualification stated above.

Getting to know you and your goals

For admission into this master’s programme you will  have an interview with one of the programme team. It’s a chance for you to ask any questions and ensure that this master’s programme is the right fit for you. You can discuss your professional experience, the support available from our team and the commitment you can give to achieving your learning goals

For further information, download our 2023 Student Prospectus.

Absolutely. We’ve had loads of students do the course alongside family members, friends and colleagues. There are also opportunities to work collaboratively on assessments during the programme and work together on a project of interest. Learning is always better together!

This Masters has been designed for leaders, both emerging and experienced, 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 build resilient organisations.

This programme is for: 

  • People who want to apply what they learn immediately in their work

  • Professionals and community leaders who want frameworks and tools to help them navigate change

  • Aspiring and experienced change leaders 

Students enrolled in this Masters come from a range of industries and sectors, including health, education, local and central government, public service, social enterprises and not for profits, as well as those working in a corporate context. The interdisciplinary nature of our cohorts is part of what makes the learning experience at academyEX unique.

This programme is available to study as an international student either via online distance learning or in-person in New Zealand with an appopriate visa. To find out more about studying with academyEX as an international student, and for programme fees, visit our International Students page.

The Master of Change and Organisational is the first Master’s programme in New Zealand to be approved with a pathway including stackable micro-credentials. This means you could start with a short course, a postgraduate certificate, or jump right into the full master’s. Every learner’s journey will be different and we’ll help you find the right learning pathway that suits your needs and goals.

The Masters also focuses on applied learning (as do the other Master’s delivered by academyEX), with the project outputs being defined in negotiation with the Programme Team. You have the opportunity to have real impact and support the growth of resilient organisations and systems through your work.

Our stackable learning means you can take a mix ‘n match approach to building your skills, knowledge and network across programmes, no matter which faculty, so you have a customised toolkit to make change and innovate where it matters most to you.

The Master of Technological Futures can include micro-credentials and postgraduate certificate courses. You can think of micro-credentials as building blocks of learning. Each building block could be credited to larger qualifications (e.g. a Master’s degree) if a specific micro-credential aligns to specific learning outcomes covered in a larger qualification. It’s worth having a chat with us about what you’re seeking to achieve for your upskilling so we can help with selecting the right learning pathways for you.

Yes, absolutely. Part 1 and 2 of the Masters programme, no matter which pathway you take, is designed to support reflection, ideation and identification of a project idea. Sitting in the problem space can sometimes be unfamiliar, but it is very important to us that we set you up for success by supporting you to identify your project topic. The content that is taught across Part 1 might also spark some new ideas!

Yes absolutely. One of our goals at academyEX is to support students to enrol in programmes that are going to be of value and help them reach their goals and aspirations. Change and resilience are critical in the education system and the content delivered by industry experts can be translated across a range of industries.

We have a number of educators who are studying this Masters as they are looking outside of education to what tools, frameworks, approaches and learnings can be explored from a range of different perspectives. 

To learn more about our Masters programmes, book a chat with Lisa Whittington-Slater, our Outreach Manager.

Some of the classes in our Master of Change and Organisational Resilience are delivered on site at academyEX HQ in Auckland, New Zealand. We recommend these classes are attended in person, however, we also deliver all classes in a hybrid format so you can attend online if you are unable to travel to Auckland. Check the 2023 student prospectus for more details.

Next Steps

Okay, so what’s next?

Make an enquiry

We understand the decision to embark on a Master’s programme requires some consideration. If you have any questions, we’re here to help answer them.

Book a chat

We get it – sometimes it’s nice to chat to a real human! 

Book a call at a time that suits you and Lisa, Outreach Manager will be able to answer your questions, give you more information and, if you’re ready, help you apply.

Apply now

Create your academyEX account, or sign in if you are returning for more to apply online. We will guide you through the application process and make sure you have everything you need to get started on your journey navigating change and building resilience.