Diploma in Business

Develop a foundation in business with the one-year Diploma in Business, and gain skills in a broad range of business subjects.

You can study degree-level courses from a wide range of business subjects including accounting, economics, finance, human resources and employment relations, information systems, international business, management and marketing.

This programme is also suitable for students who have narrowly missed UE. When you successfully complete the Diploma in Business, you can cross-credit your courses and transfer to a Bachelor of Business.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • University Entrance OR
  • 42 NCEA level 3 credits, including UE literacy and numeracy, with:
    • 10 credits in each of three approved subjects OR
    • 12 credits in each of two approved subjects and 14 credits across two further subjects

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 5.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Writing and all other bands 5.0 or higher

English language requirements

With the Diploma in Business, you’ll develop numeracy, literacy, interpersonal, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills while studying courses of your choice.*

We help you identify what courses match your interests and will help you achieve your career goals.

Students who have narrowly missed UE can use the Diploma in Business to transition into the Bachelor of Business. If you successfully complete this pathway, you can credit 120 points toward your first year of the Bachelor of Business.

Courses include

You’ll also choose two elective courses from subjects like accounting, economics, information systems, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, law, marketing and management. We recommend that you align your elective courses with your intended Bachelor of Business major or minor to make it easy for you to transition into the second year of the Bachelor of Business.

If you have UE, you can enter the Diploma in Business general pathway. You’ll choose eight 15-point courses from the Bachelor of Business, subject to approval of the programme leader.

We’ll work with you to choose courses that best match your interests and goals.

Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time / part-time available
City Campus
South Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$8,284 (for 120 points)
($7,210 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$33,674 (for 120 points)
($32,600 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students

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