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 an advanced 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.

GDBus 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 Graduate Diploma in Business consists of:

Compulsary Course:

One of the following:


Elective Courses:

Choose a minimum of 30 credits from Business or Information Technology Level 7 courses
Choose a 15-credit elective course from Business or Information Technology Level 5, 6 or 7 courses

Note: Students who have not completed previous qualifications in New Zealand must select BUSS511 Culture and Business in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Cross-credits are not available in the GDBus. Students with prior studies in a subject will be given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge base by taking other courses at the appropriate level.

Duration & Start Dates

3 semesters full-time

Start Dates in 2023
Apply here for Trimester 1: 31 January 2023
Apply here for Trimester 2: 22 May 2023
Apply here for Trimester 3: 11 September 2023

Trimesters and scheduled breaks:
Trimester 1, 2023 - 31 January to 5 May
Trimester 2, 2023 - 22 May to 25 August
Trimester 3, 2023 - 11 September to 15 December

Entry Requirements

  1. Bachelor degree at least equivalent to New Zealand pass standard; and
  2. IELTS 6.0 academic (with no band less than 5.5) / TOEFL iBT 60 (with a writing score of 18) / PToE academic score of 50 with no band lower than 42 / NZCEL (Academic) L4
  3. 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

2023 Programme Fees: NZ$20,000
Resource Fees: NZ$960 
Total: NZ$20,960 
Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

Domestic Students

2023 Programme Fees: NZ$4,890 
Resource Fees: NZ$960 
Total: NZ$5,850 
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 Sonia Giraldo for tuition fee details:

Phone: +64 9 815 1717 ext 638

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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