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Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)


Develop skills in the analysis, design, development and management of business information systems with UCOL's Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems.

Deliver valuable insights to business owners and managers by analysing use of information and communication technologies, and recommending future-focused IT solutions.

UCOL's Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems will teach you essential skills for guiding the development, implementation and evaluation of an organisation's strategic operations. You'll also gain real-world experience by working with a local business/organisation on a project.

Career & Study Outcomes:

  • Business analyst
  • IT project manager

Course Information

UCOL's Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems comprises six compulsory courses, each worth 15 credits (except for Industry Project B which is worth 30 credits).

Level 6 courses

Accounting Information Systems - Learn contemporary accounting information systems and develop competencies in using relevant software applications such as spreadsheets, drawing programmes, databases, report writing and accounting packages.

Business Analytics and Research - Learn how to apply quantitative and qualitative research methods, use common business analytics and research tools, and demonstrate professional representation of business analytics and research data.

Analysis and Design - Learn how to analyse the needs of a business and introduce tools and techniques that add value.

Level 7 courses

Management of Information and Communication Technologies - Learn about the strategic importance of information and information technology management within organisations. Familiarise yourself with frameworks for strategic analysis of an organisation's use of IT and the ways in which the organisation can benefit from the use of IT in the future.

Advanced Project Management - Learn the principles of project management and apply these to evaluating processes, scoping projects, analysing project performance and success, and human resource management. You'll develop the skills to analyse any issues that arise and evaluate applicable solutions.

Industry Project A & B - An applied research project involving a work placement at an organisation to which theoretical learning and self-reflection is applied.

Industry Connections

The Graduate Diploma is well supported by industry and this strong industry involvement means that students are able to apply their knowledge and skills and develop an analytical approach to real world problems and issues.

Entry criteria

  • A bachelor's degree in any field excluding Business Information Systems or
  • Level 6 or 7 Diploma and relevant work and/or life experience (equivalent to a Bachelor's degree) or evidence of equivalent practical, professional or educational experience e.g. 3 - 5 years full time work experience [relevant to business studies].

English language Requirement: IELTS - Academic: Score of 6 with no band lower than 5.5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); Cambridge English Qualifications - B2, C1, or C2 with score of 169; no less than 162 in each skill; OET - Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 4 (Academic); and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 50 with no band less than 42.

Under 20 years of age

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country).

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