Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Management (PGDipSportMgt)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Full-time or part-time
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What is it like?

Sport is a sizeable industry, with tens of thousands of full-time jobs in the field nationally. Sport is occupying an increasingly important place in New Zealand society. In this environment, sport and leisure organisations have made it clear that they require qualified managers and coaches to manage and promote their affairs. Tomorrow’s sport managers and coaches will not only need to be sports enthusiasts, they will also need to be individuals with a strong background in both business management and sport-related subjects.

Massey University offers postgraduate qualifications in Sport Management and Coaching which are specifically designed to meet the needs of sport and leisure organisations. Students who complete the programme will gain valuable, flexible and highly marketable qualifications which provide skills and understanding in a broad range of management and sport related subject areas. This combination of broad business training and specialist skills provides excellent preparation for careers in all areas of sport, leisure, and event management. Our courses also provide opportunities for professional development to those already working in the sport and leisure industry.

Students may elect to complete only the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Management, or they may continue to the Master of Sport Management degree, provided their grades meet the required minimum standard (B average). Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Management and progress to the Master of Sport Management degree.


In a competitive employment market, qualification and credential 'inflation' mean that organisations are increasingly requiring that prospective hires have undertaken graduate level academic study. The School of Management’s Sport Management and Coaching postgraduate studies programme offers graduates a chance to extend their qualifications towards a particular vocational emphasis within sport and leisure and related industries.

These industries are providing increasing opportunities for employment. With Massey University’s dual emphasis on management and sport-related subjects, graduates of the programme will be well-placed to seek employment from the wide-ranging opportunities becoming available. A number of our graduates have gone on to work for national sporting organisations.
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