Graduate Diploma in Management*


The Graduate Diploma in Management (GradDipMgt) provides an overview of the various functions of management to people with a non-commerce background. It helps students whose first degree is in Arts, Science, Engineering or Education to gain an understanding of the concepts, tools, frameworks and language of business.

It also provides students who do not have a degree in Commerce or Management an entry point into the honours and master’s programmes in Management.

* This qualification is not open to new enrolments in 2017. See the Graduate Diploma in Commerce instead.

Entry requirements

Graduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must have qualified for a degree. Acceptance for the programme will depend on the standard and relevance of previous studies.

A special application is required - see the 'How to Apply' section below for more information.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Management or use the admission requirements checker.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

The diploma requirements are a minimum of 120 points from courses as approved by the Head of the Department.


One year full-time. A student enrolled part-time in the diploma can complete the qualification in a minimum of two years and up to a maximum of four years.

Subjects and courses

Courses can be selected from a wide variety of areas including Human Resources, Marketing, Strategic Management and Operations and Supply Chain Management. Course topics span from statistical methods for management and project management through to organisational diversity, international management and marketing for behavioural change.

For the latest list of courses approved by the Head of Department, see the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship website.

Note: Candidates may also replace up to 60 points with courses prescribed for another subject or subjects with the approval of the Heads of Departments concerned. Not all courses will necessarily be offered every year.  

How to apply

A special application is required. It is essential that all applicants discuss their application with the Graduate Diploma in Management Coordinator before completing the application form. 

Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Management.

For study planning help contact the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship directly or the School of Business and Economics:

School of Business and Economics
College of Business and Law
University of Canterbury
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3888
Email bsec@canterbury.ac.nz

Julie donovan

Julie Donovan

'I’ve really enjoyed how the course has stretched my thinking. I’ve learned new skills, such as new statistical techniques that I’ll be able to apply in my job.'

Harry Hawke

Harry Hawke

'I enjoy how many of the courses are related to actual cases and businesses...'