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PGDipMgtSt

Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies

The Waikato Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies is a prestigious qualification renowned for its exceptional theoretical and practical qualities. You will develop the critical skills required for effective management and gain comprehensive knowledge in all the functional areas of management.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (PGDip(MgtSt)) is designed to equip you with the comprehensive skills and knowledge required for general management, and take your career to the next level.

It's delivered in an interactive learning environment that draws on participants’ own business experience, and allows you to directly apply new ideas and business theories to a variety of workplace situations.

This part-time programme is ideal for:

  • Middle managers looking to step into higher-level leadership roles, who have at least three years’ relevant management experience
  • Functional, technical or professional specialists moving into positions that require broader management knowledge and expertise
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs looking to add best practice management, knowledge and leadership skills to their practical expertise.

You'll gain expertise in all aspects of management, giving you a holistic view of organisations. Topics covered include business strategy, marketing, logistics and global business, organisational behaviour, leading high-performance teams, investment decision-making, financial analysis and accounting, human resources, commercial law, and negotiation, crisis management, and change management.

Enjoy the freedom to study part-time while you work, with classes offered in Hamilton, Tauranga, or the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development in Hopuhopu. Classes start in March or April.

  • Hamilton (one year): Monday and Thursday 6pm - 9pm; or Friday 2pm - 6pm and Saturday 8am - 4.30pm
  • Hamilton (two years): Monday 6pm - 9pm
  • Tauranga (two-years): Alternate Saturdays, 8.30am - 5pm
  • Hopuhopu (one-year): Friday 2pm - 6pm and Saturday 8am - 4.30pm

In 2016 we opened a brand new Law and Management Building, offering spacious study areas with the latest technology.

Stepping stone to the Waikato MBA

As well as being a valuable programme in its own right, those who complete the PGDipMgtSt programme with a B+ grade point average have the option to transition to the Waikato Master of Business Administration; a higher-level qualification.

Waikato has an international reputation

Study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies at Waikato Management School, an internationally recognised Triple Crown business school accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB since 2005. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research, achieved by less than 1% of business schools worldwide.

You'll be taught by top lecturers with international teaching experience. They are also sought-after business consultants and active researchers, with links to some of the world's leading companies.

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton; Tauranga
Faculty Waikato Management School
Years 1+
Points 120
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Learning is through practical coursework, case studies and class discussion. For the integrative case study, you'll work in teams to develop a strategy for a real organisation.

You can apply for the PGDip(MgtSt) if you have:

  • A bachelor's degree, or equivalent*
  • At least three years’ relevant management experience –  this could include people, project or functional management experience.

*This requirement may be waived if an applicant can demonstrate substantial management experience and evidence of relevant tertiary study.


You may be required to attend an interview before being admitted to this programme.

We will ask you to provide the following:

  • A CV that outlines your employment history, including previous job titles, responsibilities and duration of contract. Please include name and contact details of your direct manager in your last two or three positions (where applicable). We may wish to contact them for verification.
  • Three written referees’ recommendations (employer and character).

Corporate & Executive Education - Waikato Management School

PGDip(MgtSt) programme coordinators: Terry Hannett, Cathie Breeuwer and Aimee Burness
Email: execed@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: +64 7 838 4198
Toll Free: 0800 800 891 (New Zealand)
Visit www.execed.ac.nz

EXED501 High Performance Teams

EXED502 Practice of Strategy

EXED503 Managerial Economics and the Global Business Environment

EXED504 Organisational Behaviour

EXED505 Strategic Human resource Practice

EXED506 Commercial and Employment Law

EXED507 Logistics and Operational Management

EXED508 Marketing Practice

EXED509 Financial and Management Accounting

EXED510 Financial Markets and Investment Decision Making

EXED511 Integrative Case Study

Professional development is an important theme of the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies. We give our students the opportunity to grow not only as managers but to develop as leaders too.

You'll be asked to nominate a mentor for the duration of the programme, who will act in a support role. He or she can be a senior manager in your own workplace, or someone in another organisation.

You'll gain a deeper understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader through a tailored programme of personal development. This will include evaluations related to emotional intelligence, personality type, team roles and 360-degree feedback.

Complementing this will be a one-on-one leadership clinic with Dr Colleen Rigby, a qualified psychologist and leadership coach, to discuss your individual development needs and prepare an action plan.

Dr Rigby brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role. Previously, she was a human resources manager at a Fortune 500 company, a regional director for Ernst & Young leading organisational change management, and has consulted for businesses both locally and internationally.

Degree Structure

EXED501
High Performance Teams
EXED507
Logistics & Operations Management
EXED502
Practice of Strategy
EXED508
Marketing Practice
EXED503
Managerial Economics & the Global Business Environment
EXED509
Financial & Managerial Accounting
EXED504
Organisational Behaviour
EXED510
Financial Markets & Investment Decision Making
EXED505
Strategic Human Resource Practice
EXED511
Integrative Case Study
EXED506
Commercial & Employment Law
 

Note: The PGDipMgt can be completed in Hamilton (evenings or weekends) over one or two years, or in Tauranga (alternate Saturdays) over two years.

Depending on your choice of study location, the paper codes may differ slightly from those shown here.

PGDipMgtSt programme requirements:

To complete this programme, you must:

  • Pass all of the required papers for this programme; 120 points at 500-level
  • Complete any Assurance of Learning requirements