Graduate Diploma in Information Sciences – GradDipInfSc

Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Information Sciences will give you the software design and development skills needed to make you a sought-after employee, both in New Zealand, and internationally.

Type of qualification

Graduate diploma

Level of study

Undergraduate study

An undergraduate qualification is usually the first one you study.

NZQF level 7

Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.

Find out more about NZQF levels

Time to complete

1 year(s) full-time (120 credits)
Up to 8 years part-time
Part-time available

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, or studying on-line out

Study a Graduate Diploma in Information Sciences – GradDipInfSc

The Graduate Diploma in Information Sciences (GradDipInfSc) is intended mainly for graduates in an unrelated area who are seeking to retrain or upskill in the information sciences. Many of the students are studying via distance (online study) because they are working full time.

Massey is one of the few universities in New Zealand where your information sciences qualification covers all five disciplines of computer science, data science, information technology, information systems and software engineering. Many graduates have found it really useful to complete the Graduate Diploma “with no endorsement”. This means that you can select the courses you are most interested in from across the range of subjects. You are strongly encouraged to select “no endorsement”.

You’ll learn a broad spectrum of skills from business management through to software development. So you’ll emerge from your studies at Massey with a well-rounded understanding of the whole industry. You’ll gain the applied skills that you’ll need to become an excellent ICT professional.

In demand

IT employers are constantly seeking skilled staff. High demand areas include software development, software testing, business analysis, network security, project management and data/database.

What will I learn?

You will gain skills in:

  • the analysis, design and deployment of complex information technologies
  • software design and development
  • the use of professional software tools, and the administrative and organisational aspects of IT
  • how to work in a team in the IT environment
  • topics such as computer security, internet features, user interface design and more.

Further study

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma (and a suitable GPA) enables you to move on to advanced study in the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences (one year of 120 credits in taught courses) or the Master of Information Sciences (180 credits including 120 credits of taught courses and a major professional project.)

A GradDipInfSc is a good fit if you:

  • have an undergraduate degree
  • have some mathematical and logic ability
  • are interested in a career in the ITC industry.

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 Information Sciences you will have been awarded or qualified for a university degree or equivalent qualification.

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

English language requirements

To study this qualification 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:

English language skills

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

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the qualification if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

If you complete this qualification within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with Distinction.

Look for further information under ‘Student Progression’ in the regulations for this qualification.

More information

  • Read the regulations for this qualification thoroughly
  • Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

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.

Structure of the Graduate Diploma in Information Sciences

This is a guide. You are advised to check the regulations for the latest course information.

The GradDipInfSc requires 120 credits. This usually consists of eight courses where five of the courses are at 300-level and three of the courses are at 200-level. 

The GradDipInfSc can be completed in one year as a full-time student or over several years as a part-time student. Part-time study is recommended as it gives you time to acquire the pre-requisites and is a good idea if you are working. Most courses are available via distance (online study).


The GradDipInfSc requires you to enrol in 200-level and 300-level courses. You need to make sure you have the correct pre-requisites for the courses you are interested in. Due to the fact that you already have a degree, some of the pre-requisites can be waived. Some general guidelines are:

  • any course in the Information Systems schedule – pre-requisites can be waived
  • any 200-level course in the Information Technology schedule – pre-requisites can be waived
  • some 300-level courses in the Information Technology schedule – pre-requisites can be waived
  • any 200-level or 300-level course in Computer Science or Data Science – the pre-requisites are NOT waived due to the need for programming knowledge.

If you are aiming for a career in software development you will need to take some computer science courses. In order to enrol in 200-level Computer Science courses you need to complete 159101 Applied Programming or 159171 Computational Thinking and Programming I. These courses are NOT part of your Graduate Diploma (because they are 100-level).

You are strongly advised to discuss your study plans prior to course selection. Contact us through the Get advice button on this page.

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
Course code
Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Credit summary

120 credits

  • Courses from the Schedule – 120 credits

Ensure that overall, you have:

  • No more than 45 credits at 200 level
  • At least 75 credits at 300 level

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 A: Endorsements

Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Graduate Diploma in Information Sciences without specialisation 

If you wish to study a mix of courses, you can select any courses listed in Schedule A: Endorsements or Schedule B: Electives, providing you meet each individual course’s prerequisite requirements. You will find Schedules A and B in the Regulations for this qualification.

Schedule B: Electives (Choose no more than 15 credits from)

Choose no more than 15 credits from
Course code: 158383 Information Technology Project 15 credits

Based on an initial project specification, students work individually or in groups on carrying out an information technology project. This includes understanding the project context, selecting appropriate methods and approaches, constructing the project artifacts, and reporting on project outcomes.

Prerequisites: At least two (2) 1582xx courses

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Course code: 159333 Computer Science Project 15 credits

A capstone computer science project. Students will develop a piece of software or conduct a computer science research project under the supervision of an academic staff member. Projects will be completed individually or as part of a team depending on staff availability. Students must produce a written technical report and give an oral presentation demonstrating their work.

Prerequisites: Two (2) of 158222, 1592xx

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Course code: 159356 Software Engineering Capstone Project 15 credits

Management of the software engineering process. A group project will form a significant component of this course.

Prerequisites: 159251 and 159352

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Course code: 161220 Data Analysis 15 credits

Understanding, visualising and analysing data in a practical context using R/RStudio. Topics are selected from: data collection including experimental designs, observational studies, and surveys, data cleaning and preparation, exploratory analysis, visualisation of multivariate and time series data, regression, analysis of variance and covariance, autoregressive models and categorical data modelling.

Prerequisites: 161101, 161111, 161120, 161122 or 161130 Restrictions: 161250

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Course code: 161221 Applied Linear Models 15 credits

Statistical linear models for application in science, business and social science. Topics include simple and multiple regression; linear models with categorical explanatory variables; model diagnostics; inference for linear models; polynomial regression; models for time dependence; methods for variable selection; and weighted regression.

Prerequisites: (One of (161122 or 161220 or 233214) and one of (160101 or 160102 or 160105)) or one of 161101, 161120 or 161130 Restrictions: 161251

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Course code: 161250 Data Analysis 15 credits

Biology, psychology, and other sciences require statistical methods for analysing and visualising data. This course is designed to be accessible to students from any discipline, first building a deeper understanding of fundamental statistical concepts, then teaching a range of practical approaches for exploring statistical relationships, testing hypotheses, evaluating models, and presenting conclusions.

Prerequisites: 1611xx Restrictions: 161220

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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.

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.

Careers and job opportunities

There is a huge demand for people with information sciences skills.

Information Sciences graduates continue to find employment even during global recessions when graduates in other fields struggled.

Today there are more employment opportunities in information communication technology (ICT) than any other sector in New Zealand. The same often applies internationally. 

Don’t take it from us - take a look at the SEEK website – large numbers of ICT jobs in New Zealand are advertised at any time on this website.

Careers for information sciences graduates

  • software developer
  • analyst-programmer
  • systems analyst
  • business analyst
  • software tester
  • user requirements engineer
  • database developer or administrator
  • networks and systems administrator
  • project manager
  • web developer.