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.

Jan Adams

Jan Adams is chief operating officer of Health Waikato, the provider arm of the Waikato District Health Board.

Matthew Cooper

Matthew Cooper has been an All Black and is currently a CEO with a six million dollar budget, but he decided he needed to get some formal qualifications next to his name.

Heather Johnston

The environment within which health and safety operates is rapidly changing, and is now recognised as a key business tool, says Heather Johnston. This prompted her decision to study for the PGDipMgtSt at Waikato to broaden her general management skills.

Nick Kemp

With a passion for learning new things and seeking out ways to advance his career, Nick Kemp chose to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Management - part one of the MBA - at Waikato Management School.

Clare Swallow

Clare Swallow is passionate about seeing the next generation of women enter the exhilarating industry of digital technology. She is general manager of digital at Cucumber, a digital marketing agency in Tauranga.

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 (for 1 or 2 years of study) 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 or Tauranga. Classes start in February or March, depending on which option you choose:

  • Hamilton: One year, weeknights (DM), starting on Friday, 9 Feb 2018. Every Monday and Thursday 6pm - 9pm
  • Hamilton. Two years (DM), starting on 9 Feb 2018. Every Monday 6pm - 9pm
  • Hamilton: One year, alternate weekends (E), starting on Friday, 16 March 2018. Every second Friday 2pm - 6pm and Saturday 8am - 4.30pm
  • Tauranga: Two years, starting on 16 Feb 2018. Alternate Saturdays, 8.30am - 5pm

Note: This programme is taught part-time, so is NOT open to international students unless they are permanent residents of New Zealand. However, you may be interested in applying for the Master of Business and Management degree instead. This is a one-year, full-time business masters open to graduates from any subject discipline.

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.

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Key information

Study Locations Hamilton; Tauranga
Faculty Waikato Management School
Years 1 or 2
Points 120
Start Dates DM Semester (Monday night stream), E Semester (Weekend stream) or H Semester (Tauranga stream)
Domestic Fees $16,670 (Feb or March 2018 intake) per programme
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International Fees Not available for international students
Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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Practical experience

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).

Paper details

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 to discuss your individual development needs and prepare an action plan.


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Degree Structure

High Performance Teams
Logistics & Operations Management
Practice of Strategy
Marketing Practice
Managerial Economics & the Global Business Environment
Financial & Managerial Accounting
Organisational Behaviour
Financial Markets & Investment Decision Making
Strategic Human Resource Practice
Integrative Case Study
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