A flexible programme
The Diploma in Business Studies is a flexible programme that can be completed in one year full-time.
- Undergraduate, NZQF Level 5
- 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
The Diploma in Business Studies is taught at Massey University at the Manawatū, Auckland and Wellington campuses. Courses may also be taken via distance learning.
Majors, subjects or endorsements
New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.
Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.
As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.
For entry to the Diploma in Business Studies (financial Advice) you will have been awarded or qualified for the Certificate in Financial Advice.
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:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
If you do not have the entry requirements
English language and foundation courses
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
Courses and planning
- Courses from the Schedule – 90 credits
- Electives – 30 credits
Up to 75 credits at 100 level
At least 45 credits at 200 level or above
A maximum of 30 credits from outside the Diploma in Business Studies Schedule
Or; Financial Advice specialisation:
- Compulsory course – 30 credits
- Courses from the Schedule – 90 credits
Courses for this programme
|110109||Introductory Financial Accounting||15|
|110209||Intermediate Financial Accounting||15|
|110249||Accounting Information Systems||15|
|110309||Advanced Financial Accounting||15|
|110329||Advanced Management Accounting||15|
|110380||Estate and Tax Planning||15|
|114241||Principles of Human Resources Management||15|
|114330||Equity and Diversity in the Workplace||15|
|114331||Contemporary HRM and Employment Relations||15|
|114396||Strategic Human Resource Management||15|
|115109||Introduction to Business Analytics||15|
|115111||Communication Theory and Practice||15|
|115112||Accounting for Business||15|
|115113||Economics for Business||15|
|115115||Management in Context||15|
|115116||Introduction to Marketing||15|
|115212||Fundamentals of Leadership and Teamwork||15|
|125111||Managing your Personal Finances||15|
|125143||Essentials of Investment Advice||30|
|125155||Essentials of Insurance Advice - Life, Disability, and Health||30|
|125156||Essentials of Insurance Advice - General||30|
|125163||Essentials of Residential Property Lending Advice||30|
|125179||Introduction to Financial Advice||30|
|125220||Financial Institutions and Markets||15|
|125241||Introduction to Investments||15|
|125330||Advanced Business Finance||15|
|125350||Financial Risk Management||15|
|125364||Bank Financial Management||15|
|127241||Property Market Principles||15|
|127242||Introduction to Property Valuation||15|
|127245||Introduction to Property Finance and Investment||15|
|127341||Property Management and Development||15|
|127342||Applied Property Finance and Investment||15|
|127343||Applied Property Valuation||15|
|127378||Property Economics and Planning||15|
|152203||Business and Society||15|
|152232||Small Business Management||15|
|152233||Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship and Innovation||15|
|152264||International Supply Chain Management||15|
|152325||Designing and Developing Organisations||15|
|152331||Scaling and Growth||15|
|152333||New Venture Project||15|
|152338||Cultural Perspectives on Entrepreneurship||15|
|152350||Strategic Management and Governance||15|
|152355||Sustainability Issues, Challenges and Responses||15|
|152366||Operational Management of International Business||15|
|152370||Te Whanaketanga o te Pakihi Māori - Advanced Māori Business Development and Management||15|
|155201||Law of Property||15|
|155202||Essentials of Law||15|
|155203||Law of Business Organisations||15|
|156231||Strategic Marketing Management||15|
|156235||Social Media and Digital Marketing||15|
|156237||Marketing Communication and Advertising||15|
|156238||Marketing New Products||15|
|156334||Marketing Consultancy Project||15|
|156339||Omni-Channel Retail Marketing||15|
|157151||Living and Working with Technology||15|
|157240||Social Media Networks for Business||15|
|157241||Technology Trends for Organisations||15|
|157325||Information Management Project||15|
|157340||Organisational Knowledge Management||15|
|157350||Technology Governance and Risk Management||15|
|161101||Statistics for Business||15|
|178100||Principles of Economic Policy||15|
|178111||Quantitative Methods for Economics||15|
|178221||Methods of Economic Analysis||15|
|178250||Contemporary Economic Issues||15|
|178280||Economic Analysis and Applications||15|
|178300||Macroeconomic Policy and Applications||15|
|178301||Microeconomic Theory and Applications||15|
|178307||Markets, Firms and Consumers||15|
|219204||News Media and Society||15|
|219205||Professional Presentations in Business||15|
|219206||Communication and Technological Change||15|
|219209||Public Relations Practice||15|
|219302||Gender and Communication in Organisations||15|
|219305||Public Relations Management||15|
|219335||Media Law and Ethics||15|
|224205||Design for Display||15|
|240260||Logistics and Supply Chain Fundamentals||15|
|240364||Purchasing and Supply Management||15|
|240365||Demand Chain Management||15|
|290100||Retail Practice Internship||15|
|290102||Contemporary Retail Management||15|
|290201||Retail Knowledge Internship||15|
|290202||Design Thinking for Business Operations||15|
|290203||Buying and Category Management||15|
|290204||Managing the Customer Experience||15|
|290301||Retail Experience Internship||30|
|290302||Strategic Transformation in Retailing||15|
EndorsementsPlease refer to individual specialisation page for a list of courses for your specialisation.
Majors and minors
You may enrol in this qualification with or without a specialisation.
Diploma in Business without specialisation
See the Regulations for this programme for the courses available for the ‘without specialisation’ option.
The endorsement in Financial Advice is intended for students who have completed the Certificate in Financial Advice.
Planning your programme
If you study full-time you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.
If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.
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.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
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.
A good fit if you:
- want to dip your toes into the waters of tertiary study.
Accreditations and rankings
Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.
You have an opportunity in this programme to develop the digital skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world, and gain Microsoft certification through Massey's Digital Reskill initiative.
Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.
Massey University is ranked #1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities globally for business administration and finance by ShanghaiRanking.
Key information for students
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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.
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.
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.
Workload and time management
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
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.