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Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Canterbury


The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDipBA) offers an entry pathway to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme. It consists of the core courses of the MBA programme. Students attend the same classes as MBA students, but do not enrol in elective courses or complete a consulting project.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration gives you the chance to upskill or prepare for a new career in a year and with no prior experience in the subject. A part-time study option is also available.

UC's MBA is accredited by AMBA which is the global standard for MBA's. Only the top two per cent of business schools internationally offer AMBA accredited programmes. Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School is also accredited by AACSB and EQUIS; only one percent of business schools in the world have attained all three.

Subjects and courses

The PGDipBA courses look at how to lead yourself, others, and change, as well as a wide range of business leadership best practices from accounting to strategy and sustainability.

The Diploma is made up of the following courses (120 points):

MBAM601 Digital Transformation and Technology Preparedness
MBAM602 Economic Uncertainty and Organisational Agility
MBAM603 Innovation by Design
MBAM604 Data Informed Strategy
MBAM605 Creating impact led enterprises
MBAM610 Agile and Innovation-driven Leadership
MBAM615 Managerial Finance
MBAM620 Creative Challenge
MBAM622 Marketing and Strategic Intelligence
MBAM623 Business Sustainability and Economic Decision-making

Further study

You can continue studies with the Master of Business Administration (MBA).


Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Entry criteria

Applicants will be approved by the Programme Committee, who will take the standard of previous studies and experience into account.

You must have evidence of extensive practical, professional, or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind; students normally require at least five years’ work experience.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

IELTS (Academic): An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing, and listening.
PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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