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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 Feb 2024


University of Canterbury


The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDipBA) offers an possible 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.

How do I plan my degree?

The structure of the Diploma is closely specified, and consists of core courses in Business Administration. You can contact the UC Business School Postgraduate Student Advisor to help plan the programme.

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.

Further study

Master of Business Administration

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, possible 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’ management work experience.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
    PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.

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