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Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management

Strategic Management enables you to discern a company's potential, find new market opportunities, and develop a clear plan to achieve growth and success. This short course can also provide a pathway to further study.

Strategy is at the top level of management. It considers the 'total enterprise' to ensure all of an organisation's resources are being managed effectively as a cohesive unit.

In this subject, you'll learn how to think critically about a company's situation and devise strategies to improve future performance. You'll develop an eye for emerging threats and opportunities, such as new competitors or changing consumer trends, and keeping pace with legislative or market changes.

You'll also analyse practical case studies about real-world companies to help you to develop your analytical, decision-making and problem-solving skills, which are in high demand with employers.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 251-300 universities for Business & Management Studies in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2020.

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which is ranked in the top 1% of all business schools globally, having achieved the prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB in 2005.

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Key information

Duration Of Study: 4-8 months (full time or part-time study)
Points: 60 points
GradCert(StratMgt) Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: B Trimester (July) 2020 and A Trimester (March) 2021
Fees (Domestic): NZ$3,360 approx (2020 tuition fees) per programme
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Fees (International): NZ$14,692 approx (2020 tuition fees) per programme
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown 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.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management (60 points) - B Trimester 2020

Students will take four papers (60 points). This includes one introductory paper (15 points) at either 100-level or 200-level; plus three advanced papers (45 points) at 300-level.

All papers offered in B Trimester 2020 will be taught online. Students can attend tutorials on campus in Hamilton or Tauranga, if they wish to do so.

Please contact for advice before you enrol in any papers. Admission to each paper is at the discretion of the subject convenor.

Introductory paper (15 points)

Available online in B Trimester - July 2020

Select ONE of the following papers:

Advanced papers (45 points)

Available online in B Trimester - July 2020

Choose THREE of the following papers:

Elective paper at 300 Level

  • Subject
  • Trimester
  • Explanatory note
  • Elective

Note: All papers offered in A Trimester 2021 will be taught face-to-face at our campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga.

Students also have the option of transferring into the Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management (120 points).

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Sharma McIntyre Variety is the spice of life for Waikato Management School graduate Sharma McIntyre, who is employed as a strategy manager at Spark New Zealand in Auckland.

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To enrol for the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management, applicants must have:

a) completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification; OR

b) be able to demonstrate they have adequate training, experience, and ability to proceed with the programme.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may still be considered for special admission, subject to completing some additional qualifying papers.

Admission to each paper is at the discretion of the subject convenor.

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