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Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management

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Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024




This programme is for those with a degree in another subject who want to progress into management and business strategy positions. Students will develop specialist skills in business strategy, analytics, and strategic thinking.

This programme includes a work placement and research project.

What you will learn

All modules in this programme are compulsory. Students will study eight modules in total – five focused on strategic management subjects such as marketing management, leadership, strategic planning and business and society, and one focused on business in the New Zealand context.

The module – Professional Project – includes a work placement and research project, bringing together all that has been learnt in the classroom.??? This is a great experience, where students get the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents and build networks and business relationships that can lead to job opportunities.

Entry criteria

Candidates are required to:
i) have successfully completed a bachelor degree from a New Zealand Institute or an Approved and Accredited Institution overseas ; or
ii) Successfully completed a Level 6 or 7 Diploma and relevant work and/or life experience (equivalent to a bachelor degree); or
iii) Evidence of equivalent practical, professional or educational experience e.g. three years full time work experience [relevant to selected field of study], as approved by the Centre Director or authorised nominee.

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

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