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Use this qualification to change the direction of your career
Find out more about the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies parent structure.
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.
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 250 (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.
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.
“Though I have been in Human Resources for a long time, one is never too old to learn…”
I have been working in human resources for 20 years and it seemed like a good time to do some further study.
I had a lot of encouragement from my managers. It was my manager at my then workplace - the Aviation Security Service - who encouraged me to start this graduate diploma in human resource management as part of my professional development. When I changed roles and went to the Wairau Road PAK’nSAVE as human resources manager, the owner-operator encouraged me to continue my study. I attended lectures rather than study via distance learning and enjoyed the ‘school room’ based learning. It was quite motivating and I could use my work as examples in class and understand and comprehend the learning to practice ratio.
I loved the study and found it not too hard considering it had been a long time since I last studied. I did struggle a bit with writing academically at first but the student help centre gave me really good suggestions which helped me achieve the grades I did. I think too that as I am working in the field of study, this was relevant learning which I could apply to my job.
As a mature student I found interacting with the younger students not only helped me with my study, but helped me in my work in human resources.
Though I have been in Human Resources for a long time, one is never too old to learn! The very first course, Organisational Behaviour, really helped me understand the complexities of the workplace as I have worked in larger private and government departments
Eventually I would like to become an employer consultant for small to medium businesses as I feel support for them is lacking in New Zealand.
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