New Zealand Diploma in Business

Programme summary  Career opportunities  Courses & timetables  Admission requirements

6, 240 2.0
Full-time for two years or part-time options available
Starts February or July, Summer School also available
Mt Albert campus
Semester dates for 2014:
Semester 1: 24 February - 27 June; Semester 2: 21 July - 21 November

NZ$5064 (Approximate fee only, find out more about the costs of study)

International fees

Programme summary

Gain a sound knowledge of the business environment, including accounting, banking, finance and management. Develop your communication and decision-making skills, and learn from lecturers with plenty of business experience.

To get ahead in today's business world, you have to be competent in a wide range of business skills. The New Zealand Diploma in Business equips you with these skills and provides you with a sound knowledge of organisations and their management, accounting, the economic environment and commercial law.

You can either complete the general diploma or specialise in either Accounting or Management.


  • Endorsed by the New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM) and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA).
  • A strong practical focus: you work on real-world assignments and learn from lecturers with plenty of industry experience.
  • The programme focuses on applied learning.
  • Suitable both for those wanting to start their business career and for students planning to move on to higher-level business study.
  • Full or part-time study options available. Courses have day and evening classes.

You must successfully complete 12 courses. Start with six selected core courses, which will give you a broad and thorough grounding in business principles. Then, choose six elective courses (at least four must be at level 6). Up to three courses can be at level 4.

If you're a full-time student, you can enrol in a maximum of three courses per semester, unless otherwise approved by the programme leader. If you're studying part-time, you should only take two courses per semester.

When you choose your courses keep in mind any future business studies you might want to do. For instance, if you're considering going on to the Bachelor of Business after completing the diploma, you should decide which business major you're likely to select, and then choose courses in the New Zealand Diploma in Business that maximise cross-credits.

Exit qualification

If you've completed any six New Zealand Diploma in Business courses (with at least four courses at level 5 or above) you can apply for a level 5 Diploma in Business Studies. You can apply for this diploma as a milestone award if you're continuing on to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business, or as an exit qualification if you leave the New Zealand Diploma in Business.


Last edited: 18 December 2013