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Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies

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

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (PGDipMgtSt) 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.

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

Waikato Management School, is 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

Years: 1 or 2
Points: 120
PGDipMgtSt Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: February to March each year
Fees (Domestic): $17,000 per programme
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Fees (International): Not available for international students
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
*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

The PGDipMgtSt is an executive education qualification in its own right, and a potential pathway into the Waikato MBA programme. Participants complete the same courses as those doing Part 1 of the MBA. Graduates with a minimum B average can move on to Part 2 of the MBA.
This qualification may appeal to working professionals seeking a generalist postgraduate management qualification that will provide the knowledge and skills to move from middle to senior management roles.

You may be eligible for entry into the PGDipMgtSt if you have:

  • An undergraduate degree or a professional qualification equivalent to an undergraduate degree AND
  • At least three years relevant management experience – this could include, people, project or functional management experience OR
  • NO tertiary qualification but have at least 5-7 years’ relevant management experience.

Executive Education Emerging Leader Award

The Executive Education Emerging Leader Award recognises emerging business, industry and community leaders in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato. In particular, the Award is intended to support these emerging leaders to undertake a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (PGDip(MgtSt)) at the University of Waikato. One Award is offered each year, funded by the Waikato Management School.

Learn more about the scholarship & apply online now.

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.

Qualifications links


Waikato Management School Executive Education

Phone: +64 7 838 4833

Lunchtime and Evening Information Sessions

Come to our regular information sessions to find out everything you need to know about our programme, flexible study options and entry requirements.

Learn more and register for info session

1-to-1 meetings

Dr Heather Connolly, Academic Director - Executive Education, will be holding one-to-one sessions in Tauranga and Hamilton for prospective participants.

If you are interested in learning more about the Waikato MBA and meeting with Heather to discuss the programmes benefits for your career trajectory, please register for a 1-to-1 meeting now.

Appointments will last 30 minutes. Our team will be in touch via email to schedule a suitable meeting time.

Register for a 1-to-1 meeting with Dr Heather Connolly