Graduate Diploma in Business (GDBus)

The Graduate Diploma in Business (GDBus) is designed for graduates of a bachelor’s degree or similar qualification in a discipline other than business who wish to achieve a level of competency and a qualification in business.

It also caters for those with a bachelor’s degree in one area of business who wish to broaden their knowledge in another. Some students may wish to use this qualification as a pathway to postgraduate study in business or related disciplines. Others may wish to use it to enhance an existing qualification for a management career in business.

Additional short workshops are scheduled to assist students to acquire a well-rounded knowledge of business.

GDIB NZQA Qualification Overview

Job Opportunities

Accounting, management, international trade and finance, e-commerce, marketing, international relations, import/export, business, self-employment.

Programme Structure/Courses

The programme comprises seven courses, including:

Plus one Business elective course at Stage 2. Plus three Business elective courses at Stage 3.

Duration & Start Dates

3 semesters full-time

Start Dates in 2020
3 February, 25 May, 14 September

Semesters and scheduled breaks:
Semester 1, 2020 - 3 February to 8 May
Semester 2, 2020 - 25 May to 28 August
Semester 3, 2020 - 14 September to 18 December

Entry Requirements

Bachelor degree at least equivalent to New Zealand pass standard; and
IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 / TOEFL iBT 60 (with a writing score of 18) / Pearson 50 / TEP 52 or equivalent with no band less than 12
Candidates without a Bachelor degree but with an appropriate mix of a lesser qualification and work experience may be approved for special admission by the Academic Board



International Students

2020 Programme Fees: NZ$19,585 
Resource Fees: NZ$910
Total: NZ$20,495

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

Domestic Students

2020 Programme Fees: NZ$4,795
Resource Fees: NZ$910
Total: NZ$5,705

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

Note: International students from Pacific Island countries should contact Malia Uele for tuition fee details:

Phone: +64 9 815 1717 ext 846

This programme is eligible for a student loan from Studylink. Contact Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or log on to to apply for student finance.

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