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.
The UC Business School | Te Kura Umanga holds the ‘Triple-Crown’, of accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA), putting us in the top 1% of business schools worldwide.
Students must 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.
Students with English as an additional language 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.
Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The structure of the Diploma is closely specified, and consists of core courses from the Master of Business Administration. You can contact the UC Business School Postgraduate Student Advisor to help plan the programme.
The Diploma may be completed in a minimum of 10 months full-time or up to 4 years part-time study.
Domestic students can begin their studies in February, May, or September.
For international students the programme starts in February.
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):
- MBAM 601 Digital Transformation and Technology Preparedness
- MBAM 602 Economic Uncertainty and Organisational Agility
- MBAM 603 Innovation-driven Customer Value
- MBAM 604 Data-informed Strategy
- MBAM 605 Creating impact-led Enterprises
- MBAM 606 Societies in Smart Cities
- MBAM 610 Agile and Innovative Leadership
- MBAM 620 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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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration.
See more information about UC's Business Administration programmes.
For study planning help contact the Master of Business Administration Team or the College of Business and Law:
College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800