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Programme overview

The Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management helps you develop the skills you need to improve the effectiveness of your not-for-profit organisation. Enhance your leadership by learning how to mobilise resources, develop strategies for raising funds, manage staff and volunteers, and build effective governance.


  • Designed specifically for managers and co-ordinators, team leaders, volunteers and board members of not-for-profit organisations.
  • Addresses the complexity of working in a not-for-profit organisation, and highlights the differences between managing in the not-for-profit sector and a business or government department.
  • Takes into account your existing knowledge and experience.
  • Assessments are directly based on the organisation you're working for.
  • An emphasis on management issues that often are not dealt with in business schools, such as fundraising and managing volunteers.
  • A supportive and co-operative adult learning environment.
  • Lecturers who are active community leaders with experience in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Inclusive of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Study as many or as few courses per year as your schedule allows.
  • Scholarships for students through the generosity of The Tindall Foundation for the first year of study.

Notes on courses

Courses from this programme are also offered in Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Download the 2014 Timetable (PDF).

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

Generic Admission Requirements

General Admission

Applicants must have:

  1. A recognised degree; OR
  2. A professional qualification in a relevant discipline; OR
  3. The ability to demonstrate competencies equivalent to a graduate from qualifications a or b.

Special Admission

Applicants must have:

  1. Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the graduate diploma is to commence; AND
  2. Have provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.

Discretionary Admission

In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the graduate diploma is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.

In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant's level of preparedness for study at the required level.

English Language Admission Requirements

General English Language Requirements
Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).

International Students for whom English is not their First Language
Applicants must have achieved one of the following:

  1. Completion of one of the following qualifications:
    1. NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 5
    2. Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language (Unitec Qualification)
  2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with a minimum band score of 6 (Reading and Writing) and 5.5 (Speaking and Listening);
  3. An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of 550 (plus essay TWE of 5) OR  an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test ) score of 60 (plus writing score of 20);
  4. Level C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
  5. First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade B OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 52 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
  6. Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 50;
  7. City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 66.

Existing English Language Proficiency
Applicants may also provide evidence of satisfying one of the criteria for existing English proficiency as specified by the NZQA. For more information please visit the NZQA website.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

  1. Have at least three years' experience within the Not-for-Profit sector, AND
  2. Be currently in paid or voluntary employment within the Not-for-Profit sector in a management position.
  3. Applicants who are studying outside New Zealand and in locations where English language testing is not available, may be deemed to have met the English language requirements if they are able to demonstrate written and oral language skills such that a representative of the programme committee is assured of their ability to meet course work and assessment requirements.

Courses and timetables

The following courses are valid for 2014. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.

CoursesCredits Restrictions
Values Based Management and Leadership (CSTU5010) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Students will identify the distinct history, role, values, culture and characteristics of the not for profit (NFP) sector in Aotearoa and internationally, and of their own organisation in particular. They will analyse management and leadership of organisations within this sector and contrast this with management in a business or government context. Students analyse what this means for their own approach to management, leadership and their learning on this programme.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Leading and Facilitating Teams (CSTU7010) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course equips students with the analytical and practice skills needed to participate in, create and sustain workplace teams. Effective meeting facilitation processes and skills and presentation skills will be developed. Focus will be on the development of culturally appropriate and ethical communication skills to enhance relationship building through the exploration of group and team processes. This includes developing critical skills of organisational conflict analysis and practical skills of negotiation.
Financial Management in the Not for Profit Sector (CSTU7020) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable managers to exercise ethical stewardship over an organisation’s financial assets and the management of the costs of providing services.
Community Funding and Entrepreneurship (CSTU7030) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable managers and leaders to identify and analyse funding and revenue generating opportunities and the associated requirements, costs, difficulties, potential and sustainability.
People Motivation, Management and Volunteerism (CSTU7040) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course explores the key role of people motivation and management strategies, policies and practices in shaping NFP organisations’ culture and their mission achievement. People who complete this course successfully will be able to recruit, retain, empower, manage and motivate a diverse workforce of volunteers and paid staff for NFP organisations.
Governance, Strategy and Stewardship (CSTU7050) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable participants to consider the complex inter-relationship and complementary roles of governance and management in leading not for profit organisations from perspectives inclusive of Te ao Maori and other contextually relevant cultural frameworks.
Influencing Public Policy and Social Change (CSTU7060) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable participants to appreciate the wider societal context and contribution of not for profit organisations In particular participants will identify and analyse opportunities and pitfalls in maintaining external stakeholder relations, in achieving social change and influence, and in working collaboratively with other organisations and across sectors.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Leading Change (CSTU8030) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To draw together key concepts from across the Programme, and enable participants to coordinate and synthesise implications for the sustainable leadership of not-for-profit organisational learning, change, and performance in complex, culturally diverse, ambiguous and dynamic environments.