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Graduate Certificate in Business (Level 7)

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


6 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


NZIBT (New Zealand Institute of Business and Technology)​


The Graduate Certificate in Business is designed for people who have an undergraduate degree who want to develop their knowledge and skills in business and related fields of study.

The 60-credit programme will provide students with a platform to build an applied business education within a New Zealand context. It will connect students with the global labour market while still relating to New Zealand’s long-term skill shortage and skill migrant categories – this is in line with NZIBT’s stated strategy.


On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Business – Level 7 programme, students will be able to:

  • Apply in practice the consistent, coherent body of knowledge which underpins management strategies, managing change and project management in NZ.
  • Demonstrate independent learning, critical thinking and an understanding of research methodology within their own area of specialist business interest when applied to the 3 areas.
  • Critically evaluate both their own and others’ strategic, change management and project plans with reference to current research and the business environment in NZ and globally.
  • Apply the theory of project management, strategic management and change management to a wide range of business and management settings and scenarios.
  • Demonstrate confidence in conceptualising, designing and implementing strategic, change management and project plans.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates will have a better understanding of the knowledge and skills required for a business or management role and will be able to apply those skills and knowledge directly in their intended workplace.

Education Opportunities

It is important that graduates leave the programme with an enthusiasm for business management, marketing and project management and an ability to continue their own personal development: conducting research, developing and extending their ideas, technical knowledge and skills. Students will have all of the necessary building blocks and understanding in order to continue into post-graduate or Master’s study pathways.

Entry criteria

Applicants must be 18 years of age before commencing a programme of study

Applicants for this programme must have:

A Bachelor Degree, or Equivalent professional experience

English Proficiency: IELTS academic score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or equivalent

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)

Cambridge English Examinations: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill

NZCEL a) Expiring b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PToE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

OET Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests

LanguageCert: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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