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Find out more about the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies parent structure
The Graduate Diploma in Business is useful if you wish to keep up with professional developments in your field and are short of time. Or you may have found yourself working in a different field of business to that in which you hold a qualification.
This is an undergraduate diploma, designed for those who do not have a degree in the subject you wish to pursue. You do need to be a university graduate to enrol in this programme.
The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top two per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited.
Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 200 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.
It is a flexible qualification, with no core or compulsory subjects. You can tailor your study to your interests or needs.
The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies is designed to be completed part-time over at least two years or up to eight years. It may be possible to complete the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies in one year of full-time study if you do not choose an endorsement.
“Though I have been in Human Resources for a long time, one is never too old to learn…”
I have been working in human resources for 20 years and it seemed like a good time to do some further study.
I had a lot of encouragement from my managers. It was my manager at my then workplace - the Aviation Security Service - who encouraged me to start this graduate diploma in human resource management as part of my professional development. When I changed roles and went to the Wairau Road PAK’nSAVE as human resources manager, the owner-operator encouraged me to continue my study. I attended lectures rather than study extramurally and enjoyed the ‘school room’ based learning. It was quite motivating and I could use my work as examples in class and understand and comprehend the learning to practice ratio.
I loved the study and found it not too hard considering it had been a long time since I last studied. I did struggle a bit with writing academically at first but the student help centre gave me really good suggestions which helped me achieve the grades I did. I think too that as I am working in the field of study, this was relevant learning which I could apply to my job.
As a mature student I found interacting with the younger students not only helped me with my study, but helped me in my work in human resources.
Though I have been in Human Resources for a long time, one is never too old to learn! The very first paper, Organisational Behaviour, really helped me understand the complexities of the workplace as I have worked in larger private and government departments
Eventually I would like to become an employer consultant for small to medium businesses as I feel support for them is lacking in New Zealand.
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