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Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Business Administration)


  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 8
  • Campus

  • Auckland
  • Duration

  • Available part-time
  • Other

  • All courses delivered in block mode. This is a selected entry programme.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Business Administration) is for those with substantial business experience, sometimes without any prior completed under-graduate degree. You will have at least seven years’ business experience, with at least three of those at management level.

This program includes courses we think are most suitable and is for those who are looking to progress to more professional development at a postgraduate level, ie. completing an Executive MBA.

The courses are all Executive MBA courses with a focus on the practical application of the learning. This study programme is taught with convenient weekend teaching complemented by online sessions with your lecturers so that you can continue to work as you study. The classes will enable focused and relevant learning and provide opportunities for you to develop deep connections with networks of like-minded peers.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Business Administration) can be completed in two semesters, or over two years. Each course requires 150 hours of work including three full days in class. The typical course length is between eight and twelve weeks. 

Our expertise develops you into a competent manager

You will work with teaching faculty who have international and local management experience, chosen for their ability to present their learnings in a practically relevant, easy-to-grasp context.  Your learning will also draw from the most recent research and is assessed through practical assignments. There are no examinations in this program.

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Careers and further study


Earn more

New Zealand Ministry of Education reports show that earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.  This qualification will position you well for a future management and leadership career.

Our Career Accelerator programme that is exclusively offered to our MBA/EMBA students will give you an edge when you take the next steps to boost your career.

Massey Career Centre

Massey Career Centre is here to help you build the skills and knowledge you’ll need in your career. You can access our services online or in person, both while you study and after you graduate.

Further study

If successful in this programme you can continue your studies by completing the remaining courses needed to complete the Massey Executive MBA!

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet. 

To enter the Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Business Administration) you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a relevant bachelor’s degree, or equivalent; 
  • have at least seven years business experience, at least three of which must be at management level
  • have been selected into the programme on the basis of a selection process which may include a written application, interview and practical exercises.

You will need to provide the following documents:

  • verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University
  • a full CV showing at least seven years of work experience including at least three years of management level experience; 
  • a comprehensive statement of personal goals including aspirations and expectations;
  • a passport-sized photo for identification purposes;

You may be asked to take part in a selection interview or provide additional information for the selection panel. 

The work experience requirement ensures that you are able to contribute effectively to group discussions and debates from a position of experience and knowledge. Consequently, if you do not have such experience you are unlikely to be considered for entry. 

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

Courses and planning

Credit summary

60 credits

  • Courses from the Schedule – 60 credits

Courses for this specialisation

Compulsory courses

60 credits
115723 Accounting I 15
115725 Leadership and People 15
115728 Contemporary Strategy 15
115775 Business Law 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

You can complete the 60 credits over two semesters or up to two years.

This programme is designed for students who want to study the Executive MBA but do not meet all the entry requirements for that programme.

Most courses are offered on the Auckland Campus over two weekends and at an Auckland Airport Hotel over one long weekend. You can transfer between locations giving you flexibility, allowing you to structure learning around your life, both professional and personal.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

More information

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

The 2021 tuition fees for domestic students is $2666 for each 15-credit course (in 2021) and approximately $2750/course in 2022. These costs include all study materials, books/e-books, and some catering on contact days. There are also annual non-tuition fees that apply to all Massey courses.


Scholarships are available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest. 

Find and apply for scholarships

A good fit if you:

  • have extensive work experience including in management
  • wish to develop strategic business competencies that you can apply immediately in senior leadership roles 
  • are at a stage where you want to transition into a better career.

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.


Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships