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Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Human Resource Management)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

A stepping stone

Use this qualification to change the direction of your career.

Find out more about the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies parent structure.

What is it like?

The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies 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.

The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies enables you to study another subject without completing a second bachelor’s degree. The graduate diploma is a bridging tool to gain the equivalent of an undergraduate major in a specific area so you can go on to postgraduate study.

This is an undergraduate diploma, designed for those who do not have a degree in the subject you wish to pursue.

You need to be a university graduate to enrol in this programme.

Why human resources?

Human Resource Management (HRM) is the process of managing the relationship between people and the organisations they work in. It is a specialist function supporting organisations, and their employees, at both strategic and operational levels. An understanding of HRM is also of benefit to anyone with responsibilities for managing people.


The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools and is AACSB accredited.

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 300 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration, communication and finance programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

A focus on HRM

You’ll become part of one of the largest and most highly-respected management schools in New Zealand. Your teachers are world-leading experts, who have their own experience in the industry.

The importance Massey University places on human resources is reflected in our focus on research programmes, such as the Massey People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research (MPOWER) Group which drives collaboration between human resource professionals, academics and other stakeholders.

Credit towards the BBus

If when you complete this graduate diploma, if you would like to progress to a Bachelor of Business (BBus), you may be able to credit your courses towards it.


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.


A good fit if you:

  • Would like to change from the major of your first degree to study a different business subject,
  • Want to update your knowledge with the latest developments in your field


A major in human resource management enables you to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities. For a career in this area it is very useful to get some general business experience to help you understand better how organisations work, so if you don’t initially work in HRM this can still work to your advantage in the long term.

Graduates often take up generalist human resource positions in private companies or in the public sector. Others specialise in areas such as recruitment, training and development, and employment relations.

For those already working in the field, the diploma will give you additional skills and bring you up-to-date on theory and practice.

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