Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Human Resource Management)

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Entry requirements

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies requires that a candidate will:

  1. Meet the University admission requirements as specified; and shall
  2. Have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent; or
  3. Have demonstrated equivalent practical, professional and/or scholarly experience.

Prerequisites and Progression

Some courses have specified courses as prerequisites which must be met before enrolling in a course. Meeting prerequisite regulations may require a student to study courses in addition to those specified for the Graduate Diploma.

The Progression requirement states students may not normally enrol for any 200-level course unless they have passed at least 45 credits at 100-level, nor enrol for any 300-level course unless they have passed at least 45 credits at 200-level

Candidates are deemed to have met the general University progression requirement for 200-level courses if they have been awarded any Degree, Diploma or Certificate at NZQA level 5 or above.

Please note: No 100-level credits can be included in the Graduate Diploma.


Waivers from prerequisites may be granted on the basis of university passes gained before enrolment in the Graduate Diploma. Formal application is needed to establish if a waiver is a possibility. You can find the Waiver of Prerequisite form at the following link:

You should also note the following:

  1. All courses carry the credits value of the year in which the course was passed. Courses passed in 2006 or earlier were measured in points. Each 12.5 points is equal to 15 credits. Points for courses with values other than 12.5 will be converted on the same ratio (ie 1 point = 1.2 credits).
  2. Failing courses a second time, or failure to pass at least half the credits you are enrolled in, triggers the application of the regulations dealing with Unsatisfactory Academic Progress and may result in an exclusion from a course, programme or the Massey Business School.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Human Resource Management) structure

Massey University offers a comprehensive teaching programme in HRM. There are courses in managing human resources, employment relations, employment law, equal employment opportunity, management development, contemporary issues and organisational behaviour.

Students will acquire a solid understanding of the employment relationship and how to manage disputes, grievances, discipline and dismissals. We also offer a theoretical content, which provides a framework into which these ideas and techniques fit. This combination of theory and practice enables you to evaluate the ideas and relate them to your experience and to the activities of organisations. The Department’s teaching philosophy encourages links with business. Students will study contemporary cases.

The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies structure changed in 2017 and the requirements below represent the current regulations. For students who commenced study towards the Graduate Diploma prior to 2017 and who had successfully completed at least 45 credits towards the Diploma prior to 2017 may complete under 2016 regulations. These transition regulations expire 31 December 2019.


To complete the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies endorsed Human Resource Management, a student must complete 120 credits (eight courses) with:
114.240, 114.241,  114.330, 114.331, 114.332, 114.396 and 15 credits from  114.254, or 114.271 and 15 credits from 155.301, 152.3xx or 114.3xx

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