Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration


The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDipBA) offers an entry pathway to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme. It consists of the 12 core courses of the MBA programme. Students attend the same classes as MBA students, but do not enrol in elective classes or complete a project.

As part of UC's Executive Development Programmes, the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration gives you the chance to upskill or prepare for a new career in a year and with no prior experience in the subject. A part-time study option is also available.

The School of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), giving it a top five percent world ranking in business schools. UC ranks in the top 200 universities in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).

Entry requirements

Graduate 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 be approved by the Dean of Business, who will take the relevance and standard of previous studies and experience into account. You must have qualified for a degree or produced evidence of extensive practical, professional or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind; candidates normally require at least five years’ management work experience.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration 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

The structure of the diploma is closely specified, and consists of 12 courses (or their equivalent) selected from the list of core courses for Group A of the Master of Business Administration.

Note: A candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration who has achieved a B grade average or better over the 12 core courses of the MBA (and has not been awarded the diploma), may apply to be admitted to the Master of Business Administration programme and transfer credit for those courses.


The diploma may be completed in a minimum of eight months full-time or up to four years part-time study. You can develop a personalised timetable in consultation with the Programme Director, to study on a part-time basis that fits around your personal commitments and goals.

Students can begin their studies in February, April, July or September.

Subjects and courses

The PGDipBA courses look at how to lead yourself, others and change as well as a wide range of business leadership best practices from accounting to strategy and sustainability. For the up-to-date course list, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

How to apply

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

Find how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

Master of Business Administration

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration.

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