Postgraduate Certificate in Business

Already have an undergraduate degree in a business subject? Want a short postgraduate qualification that can prepare you for further studies and research? The Postgraduate Certificate in Business could be the right programme for you.

By completing specialised coursework papers and advanced research methods courses you will develop advanced business subject knowledge and research skills. In as little as one semester, enhance your critical thinking abilities, analytical prowess and advanced problem-solving skills essential to thriving in today’s dynamic and complex business environment.

The Postgraduate Certificate also serves as an ideal stepping stone for those aspiring to pursue the Master of Business research degree.

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Minimum entry requirements

Completed one of the following or equivalent:

  • Bachelor of Business OR
  • Graduate Diploma in Business OR
  • Relevant professional qualification approved by the Dean (or representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Students who studied level 7 business courses as part of a degree different than stated above may also meet the entry requirements. If this applies to you, contact us to find out more.

All final admission to this programme is subject to approval by the dean (or representative).

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in each band

English language requirements

Contact us to find out more

Faculty Postgraduate Research Office 
Phone +64 9 921 9999 ext 5280

To graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Business you must successfully complete 60 points from the Master of Business courses, subject to meeting prerequisite requirements.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business doesn’t include a research project, but can serve as a pathway into the Master of Business research degree. B- grade average in the Postgraduate Certificate is required to proceed to the MBus.

Master of Business

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Business are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

To help you make the most of postgraduate study in business, we run an induction for new postgraduate research students before the semester starts.

In this session, we welcome you to the programme and cover the information you need about AUT and your postgraduate research programme.

Covered in the induction

  • Postgraduate research programmes
  • Student support
  • Library resources
  • Introduction to Canvas
  • Research skills preparation
    • What is research?
    • How is research conducted?
    • Literature search and library skills
  • Research skills seminars
Quick facts
Programme code:
0.5 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
15 Jul 2024
3 Mar 2025
21 Jul 2025

Key semester dates
$5,303 (for 60 points)
($4,730 tuition fees + $573 student services levy)
$18273 (for 60 points)
($17,700 tuition fees + $573 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.

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.