Without Specialisation – Graduate Diploma in Business Studies

Keen to change the direction of your career? Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Business Studies enables you to study another subject without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Where you can study

Auckland campus
Distance and online
Manawatū campus (Palmerston North)

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand

Specialise in Without Specialisation for your Graduate Diploma in Business Studies at Massey

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 explore other business subjects without completing a second bachelor’s degree. This is an undergraduate diploma, designed for those who do not have a degree in the subject(s) you wish to pursue. You need to be a university graduate to enrol in this qualification.

It is a bridging tool to gain the equivalent of an undergraduate major in a specific area so you can go on to postgraduate study.

A Graduate Diploma in Business Studies in Without Specialisation is a good fit if you:

  • would like to study a different business subject or subjects
  • want to update your knowledge with the latest developments in your field.

Planning information

The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies is designed to be completed part-time over at least two years.

The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Without specialisation) may be able to be completed in one year if you choose courses carefully. 

No more than 45 credits at 200-level may be included. The remainder (75 credits) are at 300-level. 700-level Business courses may be included in the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Without specialisation) if you qualify for postgraduate study.

The majority of available courses are those listed for the Bachelor of Business and its majors (at 200 and 300-level).

Prerequisite courses

Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

The GradDipBusStuds schedule includes some courses which have specific 100-level courses required as prerequisites which must be passed before enrolling in a 200-level course. Meeting prerequisite requirements may require you to study courses in addition to those specified for the GradDipBusStuds. 

Please note: No 100-level credits can be included in the GradDipBusStuds. Any 100-level prerequisite course that you need to pass before you start the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies should be taken under the Certificate of Proficiency Undergraduate.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Returning students

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 qualification 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 qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Schedule for the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (without specialisation)

Courses from the following prefixes (excluding courses ringfenced to specific qualifications and/or specialisations):

110 Accountancy, 114 Human Resource Management, 115 College of Business, 125 Finance, 127 Property Studies, 152 Management, 153 Dispute Resolution, 155 Business Law, 156 Marketing,
157 Information Systems, 178 Economics, 219 Communication and Journalism, 290 Retail, 295 Business.
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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Without Specialisation) you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent; or
  • have demonstrated equivalent practical, professional and/or scholarly experience.

You will need to provide copies of all official academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

If you are applying for admission with equivalent practical, professional and/or scholarly experience you will need to provide a current CV containing details of academic and work history.

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Fees and scholarships

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.

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.

Scholarship and award opportunities

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Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated 5-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.

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