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Graduate Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality Management

Tourism and hospitality is a major player in New Zealand's economy – and we need experts to steer that growth in the right direction. This short qualification will develop some of the skills needed to run a travel or hospitality business.

Learn how to design and run tourism and hospitality operations in a way that is sustainable for local communities and the environment.

Globally, there is a huge demand for skilful tourism and hospitality managers who understand how to plan and design business operations to achieve customer satisfaction, can identify any gaps in service delivery, and have the ability to lead employees.

They also need to be financially astute and understand the legal requirements for working in this sector.

Good communication skills are equally important, so you can confidently manage relationships with staff, suppliers and customers.

Build your practical knowledge in areas such as food and beverage systems, commercial accommodation, and events management.

The tourism and hospitality industry spans everything from hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars and cafes; through to cruise ships, eco-tourism, adventure activities, theme parks, sport and leisure facilities, music festivals, special events, conference facilities, museums, and so much more.

Internationally recognised

The University of Waikato is highly regarded for teaching and research in this field, with a ranking of #51-75 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021.

Waikato is also ranked in the world's top 300 universities for Business & Management Studies in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2021.

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.

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Key information

Entry Requirements:

A bachelor's degree or equivalent; or be able to demonstrate sufficient training, experience and ability, to the satisfaction of the Subject Convenor.

Duration Of Study: 4 months (full-time study) or 8+ months (part-time study)
Points: 60 points
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: March (A Trimester) and July (B Trimester)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): NZ$3,400 approx (2021 tuition fees) per programme
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Estimated Fees* (International): $17,010 per programme
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).*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 Tourism and Hospitality Management (60 points)

Students will complete four papers (60 points) in total, worth 15 points each.

This includes one introductory paper (15 points) at either 100 or 200-level; and three advanced papers (45 points) at 300-level.

You must complete at least three papers (45 points) in the specialist subject of Tourism and Hospitality Management, including any required subject papers.

You have the option to choose one elective paper (15 points) in another subject.

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

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

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Wietske  Olthuis My studies gave me an array of skills across different aspects of management, from communication right through to finance. These can be applied to so many areas of everyday working life.

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To enrol for the Graduate Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality 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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