Postgraduate Certificate in Business


The new Postgraduate Certificate in Business is an applied commerce qualification that focuses on developing skills, knowledge and competencies expected by potential employers from School of Business graduates. It provides a pathway qualification into the Postgraduate Diploma in Business which leads into the Master of Business Management, Master of Professional Accounting and Master of Financial Management. 

The new Postgraduate Certificate in Business equip graduates with general knowledge and skills applicable to business, which can then be applied in graduate positions across a wide range of industries. This certificate provides a qualification with some of the core business skills required by industry.

As part of the Executive Development Programmes at UC, this qualification enables you to increase your employability by gaining business skills that complement your existing professional or academic background. Candidates with a degree from any discipline may apply and no prior experience in Commerce is required.

UC's School of Business and Economics is ranked in the top five percent in the world as part of the accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). UC ranks in the top 200 universities in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).

Postgraduate Certificate in Business graduate

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current theoretical concepts, frameworks and industry practice within the fields of business and management.
  • Think logically, analytically and critically with respect to the academic and professional literature within the field of business.
  • Synthesise academic and professional literature and effectively communicate this information and research findings, both orally and in written form, to a range of audiences.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree with at least a B grade average in 300-level courses, or equivalent, and been approved as a candidate for the degree by the Dean of Commerce.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Business or use the admission requirements checker.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

See the 'How to apply' section below for more details.

Qualification structure and duration

A total of four courses must be completed to obtain the Postgraduate Certificate in Business. The Postgraduate Certificate in Business is a 60-point qualification which is usually completed over six months full-time or up to 2 years part-time.

Subjects and courses

The courses available for the Postgraduate Certificate in Business are drawn from the core knowledge courses required as part of the Master of Business Management, Master of Professional Accounting and Master of Financial Management:

How to apply

A special application is required. See the PGCertBus application process for details of entry requirements, application forms and start dates.

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

The PGCertBus is a pathway qualification into the PGDipBus and into the MBM, MPA and MFM.

Career opportunities

The PGCertBus provides the skills and competencies that will allow graduates to gain employment within the private and public sector in relevant business positions. Graduates will gain the confidence to challenge existing commercial practice and participate in the development of new and innovative business strategies. 

Useful resources:

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Business.

For study planning help contact the Executive Development Programmes team or the College of Business and Law:

College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3300