Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration
The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDipBA) offers an entry pathway to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme. It consists of the core courses of the MBA programme. Students attend the same classes as MBA students, but do not enrol in elective courses or complete a consulting project.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration gives you the chance to upskill or prepare for a new career in a year and with no prior experience in the subject. A part-time study option is also available.
UC's MBA is accredited by AMBA which is the global standard for MBA's. Only the top two per cent of business schools internationally offer AMBA accredited programmes. Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School is also accredited by AACSB and EQUIS; only one percent of business schools in the world have attained all three.
Applicants will be approved by the Programme Committee, who will take the standard of previous studies and experience into account.
You must have evidence of extensive practical, professional, or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind; students normally require at least five years’ work experience.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
See the PGDipBA application process for details of entry requirements, application forms, and start dates.
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The structure of the Diploma is closely specified, and consists of core courses in business administration. You can contact the Postgraduate Student Advisor to help plan the programme.
The Diploma may be completed in a minimum of 1 year full-time, or up to 4 years part-time study (domestic students only).
You can begin studies in February, May, or August.
Pathway to the Master of Business Administration
You may choose to transfer your completed courses in the Diploma to the Master of Business Administration programme. The MBA includes an additional project course and other elective courses, which may be completed within a total 16 months of full-time study (depending on the courses you already completed in the Diploma).
Contact the Master of Business Administration Team on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The PGDipBA courses look at how to lead yourself, others, and change, as well as a wide range of business leadership best practices from accounting to strategy and sustainability.
The Diploma is made up of the following courses (120 points):
- MBAM601 Digital Transformation and Technology Preparedness
- MBAM602 Economic Uncertainty and Organisational Agility
- MBAM603 Innovation by Design
- MBAM604 Data Informed Strategy
- MBAM605 Creating impact led enterprises
- MBAM610 Agile and Innovation-driven Leadership
- MBAM615 Managerial Finance
- MBAM620 Creative Challenge
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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See more information about UC's Business Administration programmes.
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration.
For study planning help, contact the Master of Business Administration Team.
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