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

To enrol online for your preferred trimester, click on the start date below.

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 2021
Apply here for Trimester 1 : 2 February 2021
Apply here for Trimester 2 : 24 May 2021
Apply here for Trimester 3 : 13 September 2021

Trimesters and scheduled breaks:
Trimester 1, 2021 - 2 February to 7 May
Trimester 2, 2021 - 24 May to 27 August
Trimester 3, 2021 - 13 September to 17 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 / NZCEL (Academic) L4
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

2021 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

2021 Programme Fees:   
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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