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Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Personal Financial Planning)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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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.

You can apply for a waiver of a prerequisite simply by adding the course you want to study as a Special Request.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Personal Financial Planning) structure

All courses are offered via Distance Learning in either the first or second semester, or in Summer School. 125.211 The Financial Planning Process should be studied first as it is the introductory course.

You will be eligible to become a CFPCM CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM1 after successfully completing the diploma and completing the following professional requirements: Membership of the professional body Financial Advice NZ (Association), approved Supervised Experience as an Association Member, and the final assessment – currently a Financial Plan from a case study set by the Association.  All of these professional requirements may be concurrent with study towards the diploma.

Note: If you are studying in financial service and not currently an adviser in the sector you may apply for free Student Associate status with Financial Advice New Zealand at

1CFPCM and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER<sup>CM</sup> are registered certification marks and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM is a common law certification mark owned outside the U.S. by Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. Financial Advice New Zealand Inc is the marks licensing authority for the CFP Marks in New Zealand, through agreement with FPSB.


To complete the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies endorsed Personal Financial Planning, a student must complete 120 credits of prescribed courses:

125.211, 125.220, 125.240, 110.380, 125.342, 125.351, 125.310, 125.312

Note: Entry to some courses is subject to passing prerequisite courses.

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