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Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Online)


Open up a world of additional career and further study opportunities in business, with or without a previous degree or qualification. 

Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in any discipline and two-years relevant work experience


A relevant professional qualification and two-years relevant work experience


5-years relevant work experience


2 years

(part-time over 8 quarters)

Next start dates


Quarter 2: 8 April (applications close 25 March)

Quarter 4: 23 September (applications close 9 September)

Full Programme Fees*

$10,342.80 (estimate)

Fees can be paid in quarterly instalments

This programme is not available to international students

Programme Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business (PGDipBus) will provide you with the confidence and business capabilities to take the next step in your career.

The PGDipBus is a pathway to a masters degree for experienced business professionals who do not have an undergraduate degree. The programme offers four specialisations each of which leads into a related specialist masters: Master of Business Development, Master of Property Practice, Master of Information Governance, and Master of Business Management. The PGDipBus in Business Development, Property Practice, Information Governance and Business Management are delivered fully online through Auckland Online.

The PGDipBus develops core business knowledge as well as essential skills in problem solving and solution seeking, providing you with the confidence, business capabilities and a postgraduate qualification to take the next steps in your career. If you want to enhance your employment opportunities, open more doors to future education and business connections, and continue on to masters level study, this programme is for you. 

The PGDipBus is for those who want to add business “know-how” to their CV and broaden their role to include management opportunities, or start their own business. 

This flexible study pathway builds on professional experience; so if you do not have an undergraduate degree you can still advance your business knowledge and skills. This online business programme is a part-time programme, is designed to be completed in two years, while still allowing you to study and work simultaneously.

The PGDipBus is also a direct pathway to further postgraduate business studies, by stair-casing into 120-point Master’s qualifications. 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business consists of 8 courses. Each course runs over a 10-week quarter, allowing you to take one course at a time and complete this programme in 2 years part-time. 

The PGDipBus is available in four specialisations through Auckland Online: Business Development, Information Governance, Property Practice and Business Management. All specialisations start the programme with the same first 60-points comprising four courses, BUSMAN 771-774. After completing these courses, you will complete an additional 4 courses within your chosen specialisation.

Part I: Core Business Courses 


Course Code
BUSMAN 771 Business in Society Examines the role of business in society, how businesses interact with government and other institutions, and how businesses can contribute to solving the key challenges of the twenty-first century. 15
BUSMAN 772 Organisations and Culture Explores the role that managers play in building the structure and culture of organisations. Examines key issues in organisational design, culture, behaviour and structures. Develops skills in managing multigenerational and multicultural workforces. 15
BUSMAN 773 Effective Decision Making Techniques and tools to support and facilitate managerial decision-making. Builds skills in understanding organisations and their problems through numerical analysis. 15
BUSMAN 774 The Global Economy and NZ Considers the nature of the global economy and the opportunities for small trading nations such as New Zealand. Examines key issues, global trade, and how governmental policies impact businesses. Explores how New Zealand can become a more productive and prosperous nation. 15
Part II: Specialisation Courses* 


Business Development
Property Practice
Information Governance
Business Management

60-points from: 

  • BUSDEV 711 Business in a Changing World
  • BUSDEV 712 Financial Management
  • BUSDEV 713 Sustainable Value Chains
  • BUSDEV 715 Contemporary Marketing

60-points from: 

  • PROPPRAC 700 Management and Marketing
  • PROPPRAC 701 Sustainable Construction
  • PROPPRAC 702 Planning and Development
  • PROPPRAC 703 Law and Governance
  • PROPPRAC 704 Property Market Dynamics
  • PROPPRAC 705 Investment and Finance
  • PROPPRAC 706 Valuation
  • PROPPRAC 707 Property Technology

60-points from: 

  • INFOGOV 700 Environment of Information Governance
  • INFOGOV 703 Technology and Compliance
  • INFOGOV 706 Cybersecurity Techniques and Regulation
  • INFOGOV 707 Dispute Resolution Techniques
  • INFOGOV 709 Access to Information

60-points from:


  • BUSMAN 701 Managing People and Organisations
  • BUSMAN 702 Contemporary Marketing
  • BUSMAN 703 Financial Decision Making
  • BUSMAN 704 Supply Chain Management

*Please note that the Auckland Online courses are scheduled on rotation, so your course progression and selections will be largely predetermined. In instances where there are specific course prerequisites within the programme itself, we will ensure that you are enrolled in the correct courses to achieve your goals. 

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

As a graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business (PGDipBus), you will gain the following key skills:

  • Demonstrate a specialist understanding of theory and practice in your specialist field and apply this in current management contexts. 
  • Effectively synthesise and evaluate ideas and information from multiple sources to develop coherent evidence-based arguments. 
  • Apply appropriate problem-solving and analytical methods and techniques to solve business and management problems. 
  • Work effectively in teams and engage diverse audiences through professional and ethical communication skills. 
  • Demonstrate effective self-management skills. 
  • Recognise the significance of the principles underpinning the Treaty of Waitangi and consider issues related to diversity, equity and sustainability.

*Our Programme Advisors will provide all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, course fees, examinations and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates as per the University Calendar. Courses are paid per Quarter. Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $4.44 per point (online). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

Hear from the academic

Dedre Van Zyl is the Academic Director for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business at the University of Auckland.

Her career was mainly spent in industry, notably serving as the Director of Accounting Policy at the Auditor General.

Hear more about who the programme is for, the benefits you’ll get and the next steps you could take after completing it by watching the video.

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