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Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management (Level 7)

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Open Polytechnic of New Zealand


We have just the strategy to help you go further in your career. A Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management will arm you with skills that are sought after in every organisation. You'll study six courses in leadership, business ethics, managing change and strategic management and two out of four elective courses in different management areas to suit your career goals.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to think and manage strategically and be able to undertake postgraduate study in management.

Qualification Structure:

This programme is made up of six courses. If you have already studied some of the courses below, you will be unable to have them credited towards this graduate diploma.

Compulsory Section

Business Ethics


Managing Change

Strategic Management

Elective Section

Marketing Management

Quality Management

Project Management

Communication Management

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a career in middle to upper management roles in both the public and private sectors.

You can study this programme part-time if you’re an international student living in New Zealand or overseas. If you’re living in New Zealand you will need to be in paid employment with a valid work permit.

Entry criteria

To enrol in this programme you need to have a Bachelor degree. If you have successfully completed the Open Polytechnic Bachelor of Business (Management major) you are unable to enrol in this programme.

International students must also have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5, or equivalent.

Cambridge English Qualifications - 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.

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