Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

Gain the skills to further your business career or for further study in the MBA with the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration provides an entry point for students who don’t want to enrol in a full Master of Business Administration (MBA) or who need added flexibility. All applicants need at least three years of relevant work experience. You're encouraged to continue into the MBA after completing this postgraduate diploma.

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Minimum entry requirements

Must have completed one of:

  • A bachelor’s degree OR
  • Graduate diploma OR
  • Relevant professional qualification or professional experience approved to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree


  • Have a minimum of five years of relevant professional experience since gaining the degree or other qualification

Applicants who do not have a tertiary qualification are expected to provide evidence of relevant professional experience deemed, by the Assessment Board, to be equivalent to an undergraduate degree. This would typically be 10 years work experience of which 3-4 is in a supervisory or management capacity. Candidates may also be required to complete an aptitude test and/or attend an interview.

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

Other requirements

  • Aptitude test and/or interview may be required

Contact us to find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

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To graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration you must successfully complete 120 points of Master of Business Administration (MBA) courses (excluding BUSS991 and BUSS992).

Each course involves eight weeks of class learning, with one three-hour class per week followed by an examination week. You can start at any one of four entry points in the year.

Master of Business Administration

Progressing to the MBA

You can progress to the MBA by applying to the MBA Director and completing a further 60 points.

You are required to obtain a B- grade average in the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration to be considered for the MBA.

Skills you will develop

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

Graduate Profile

Quick facts
Programme code:
8 months to 1 year full-time / part-time available
City Campus
15 Jul 2024
23 Sep 2024
3 Mar 2025
12 May 2025
21 Jul 2025
29 Sep 2025

Key semester dates
$31,277 (for 120 points)
($30,131 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
$39,146 (for 120 points)
($38,000 tuition fees + $1146 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.