Graduate Diploma in Business – Level 7

  • Location
    Christchurch | Auckland
  • Level
    Level 7
  • Duration
    1 Academic Year


Total: $19,500.00

Programme Fee: $16,000

Compulsory Non-tuition Fees
Resource Fee: $3,000
Admin Fee: $500

See full list of Optional Fees

Course Information

To study Graduate Diploma in Business (Level 7), you can choose from the following two options (Generic pathway Or Internship pathway).
Please note that both options have different entry requirements (see below).
To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Business (Level 7), you must achieve all the courses for the chosen Option.

Option 1 - Generic pathway

71231 Marketing (20 credits)
71234 Applied Management (20 credits)
71302 Advanced Management Accounting (20 credits)
71338 Managing Change (20 credits)
71340 Strategic Management (20 credits)
71353 Project Management (20 credits)
Intake Dates:
Auckland Campus:  24 May 2021, 13 September 2021

Option 2 - Internship pathway

71338 Managing Change (20 credits)
71340 Strategic Management (20 credits)
71353 Project Management (20 credits)
81801 Professional Practice (20 credits)
81802 Industry Project (40 credits)
Intake Dates:
Auckland Campus:  13 September 2021

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements - Generic pathway

Applicants for this programme must have:
– A Bachelor Degree, or Equivalent professional experience
– English Proficiency: IELTS academic score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or equivalent (please see the table for detail)

Entry Requirements - Internship pathway

Students with a business/applied business/commerce or management undergraduate degree (or relevant work experience) will be interviewed by an NZIBT senior lecturer to ascertain whether they have the necessary background in marketing, finance, applied management and have the necessary English language skills, to be accepted into the Industry Project and Professional Practice Level 8 courses.
This pathway will see them complete three Level 7 courses:
71338: Managing Change
71340: Strategic Management
71353: Project Management
as their semester 1 programme of study (60 credits); and then proceed into the 2-x level 8 courses in semester 2 (60 credits).
English Proficiency: IELTS academic score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or equivalent (please see table for detail)

English Proficiency

Programme Level Graduate Certificate or Diploma at Level 7
IELTS TEST Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
Cambridge English Examinations B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;
NZCEL a) Expiring b) Current a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PToE(Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
OET Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
LanguageCert C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

Programme Aim and Outcome

The Graduate Diploma in Business is designed for people who have an undergraduate degree, from any discipline area, who want to develop knowledge and skills in business related fields of study.

The programme will give the student applied business education, within a New Zealand context. The programme will explicitly connect the student to the global business labour market need (especially New Zealand’s long-term skill shortage and skill migrant categories) in line with NZIBT’s stated strategy.

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma programme, you will be able to:

1. Articulate a consistent, coherent body of knowledge which underpins management, strategy, marketing and project management;

2. Demonstrate confidence in conceptualizing, designing and implementing strategic, marketing and project plans;

3. Demonstrate independent learning, critical thinking and an understanding of research methodology within their area of specialization;

4. Critically evaluate both their own and others’ strategic, marketing and project plans with reference to current research and within the known and accepted body of knowledge;

5. Understand a variety of business concepts, processes and procedures relevant to contemporary New Zealand business organisations;

6. Identify opportunities, solve problems and achieve business, project and management objectives;

7. Select and apply appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative research techniques for specific business projects;

8. Apply the theory of project management to a wide range of business and management settings

Employment Opportunities

Graduates will have a better understanding of knowledge and skills used for a business or management role and will be able to apply those skills and knowledge directly in their intended workplace.

Education Opportunities

It is important that graduates leave the programme with an enthusiasm for business management, marketing and project management and an ability to continue their own personal development: conducting research, developing and extending their ideas, technical knowledge and skills. Students will have all of the necessary building blocks and understanding in order to continue into post-graduate and Master’s study pathways.