Business Administration – Postgraduate Certificate in Business

Take your business and management skills to the next level. Gain valuable professional development with Massey’s Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Business Administration).

Where you can study

Off campus in Auckland
Auckland campus

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Not open to international students
Note: All courses delivered in block mode. This is a selected entry qualification.

Specialise in Business Administration for your Postgraduate Certificate in Business at Massey

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Business Administration) is for those with substantial business experience, sometimes without any prior completed under-graduate degree. You will have at least seven years’ business experience, with at least three of those at management level.

This qualification includes courses we think are most suitable and is for those who are looking to progress to more professional development at a postgraduate level, ie. completing an Executive MBA.

The courses are all Executive MBA courses with a focus on the practical application of the learning. This qualification is taught with convenient weekend teaching complemented by online sessions with your lecturers so that you can continue to work as you study. The classes will enable focused and relevant learning and provide opportunities for you to develop deep connections with networks of like-minded peers.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Business Administration) can be completed in two semesters, or over two years. Each course requires 150 hours of work including two or three days in class. The typical course length is between six and twelve weeks.

Our expertise develops you into a competent manager

You will work with teaching faculty who have international and local management experience, chosen for their ability to present their learnings in a practically relevant, easy-to-grasp context.  Your learning will also draw from the most recent research and is assessed through practical assignments. There are no examinations in this qualification.

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Further study

If successful in this qualification you can continue your studies by completing the remaining courses needed to complete the Massey Executive MBA!

A Postgraduate Certificate in Business in Business Administration is a good fit if you:

  • have extensive work experience including in management
  • wish to develop strategic business competencies that you can apply immediately in senior leadership roles 
  • are at a stage where you want to transition into a better career.

Planning information

You can complete the 60 credits over two semesters or up to two years.

This qualification is designed for students who want to study the Executive MBA but do not meet all the entry requirements for that qualification.

Most courses are offered on the Auckland Campus or at an Auckland Airport Hotel in block courses over a weekend. You can transfer between locations giving you flexibility, allowing you to structure learning around your life, both professional and personal.

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 Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate 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.
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Course code: 115709 Applied Personal Leadership 15 credits

An advanced-level study of leadership theory and practice. The course provides a particular focus on preparing students for senior leadership roles.

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Course code: 115725 Leadership and People 15 credits

A study of organisational behaviour theory and practice in the contemporary environment. The course provides a particular focus on the fundamental knowledge and skills involved in management, leadership and teamwork.

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Course code: 115726 Marketing 15 credits

A study of the marketing function in business, including a range of marketing tools and techniques and their application to marketing situations.

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Course code: 115728 Contemporary Strategy 15 credits

This course examines the purpose, processes and practices of strategic planning and execution in organisations. Contemporary strategic challenges are examined.

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Course code: 115732 Operations and Logistics 15 credits

This course examines the operations management function and its links to organisational strategic objectives. This course explores how organisations can leverage their operational capabilities to create value and achieve competitive advantage.

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Course code: 115775 Business Law for New Zealand and International Contexts 15 credits

A study of the business law systems and rules applicable in NZ and selected international jurisdictions.

Restrictions: 115721

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Course code: 295701 Managing Financial Decisions 15 credits

Critical examination of the context, process, and implications of integrated management of financial decisions at an executive level.

Restrictions: 115723, 115724, 115745

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

This is a selected entry qualification. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet. 

To enter the Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Business Administration) you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a relevant bachelor’s degree, or equivalent; 
  • have at least seven years business experience, at least three of which must be at management level
  • have been selected into the qualification on the basis of a selection process which may include a written application, interview and practical exercises.

You will need to provide the following documents:

  • copies of all official academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University
  • a full CV showing at least seven years of work experience including at least three years of management level experience; 
  • a comprehensive statement of personal goals including aspirations and expectations;
  • a passport-sized photo for identification purposes;

You may be asked to take part in a selection interview or provide additional information for the selection panel. 

The work experience requirement ensures that you are able to contribute effectively to group discussions and debates from a position of experience and knowledge. Consequently, if you do not have such experience you are unlikely to be considered for entry. 

Application dates

Applications close on 16 February 2024 for a Semester One start and 15 July 2024 for a Semester Two start.

English language requirements

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

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.

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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.

Tuition fees

The 2023 tuition fees for domestic students is $2785 for each 15-credit course. These costs include all study materials, e-books, and some catering on contact days. There are also annual non-tuition fees that apply to all Massey courses.


Scholarships are available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest. 

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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.

Careers and job opportunities

Earn more

New Zealand Ministry of Education reports show that earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed. This qualification will position you well for a future management and leadership career.

Our Career Accelerator programme that is exclusively offered to our MBA/EMBA students will give you an edge when you take the next steps to boost your career.

Massey Career Centre

Massey Career Centre is here to help you build the skills and knowledge you’ll need in your career. You can access our services online or in person, both while you study and after you graduate.

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