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Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting)

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  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

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Entry requirements

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies requires that a candidate will:

  1. Meet the University admission requirements as specified; and shall
  2. Have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent; or
  3. Have demonstrated equivalent practical, professional and/or scholarly experience.

Prerequisites and Progression

Some courses have specified courses as prerequisites which must be met before enrolling in a course. Meeting prerequisite regulations may require a student to study courses in addition to those specified for the Graduate Diploma.

The progression requirement states students may not normally enrol for any 200-level course unless they have passed at least 45 credits at 100-level, nor enrol for any 300-level course unless they have passed at least 45 credits at 200-level.

Candidates are deemed to have met the general University progression requirement for 200-level courses if they have been awarded any Degree, Diploma or Certificate at NZQA level 5 or above.

Please note: No 100-level credits can be included in the Graduate Diploma.


Waivers from prerequisites may be granted on the basis of university passes gained before enrolment in the Graduate Diploma.

You can apply for a waiver of a prerequisite simply by adding the course you want to study as a Special Request.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting) structure

The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies structure changed in 2017 and the requirements below represent the current regulations.  For students who commenced study towards the Graduate Diploma prior to 2017 and who had successfully completed at least 45 credits towards the Diploma prior to 2017 may complete under 2016 regulations.  These transition regulations expire 31 December 2019.


Students taking the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting) are required to complete a total of 120 credits, 90 credits from 110 prefix courses at 200-level or above with at least 60 of these credits at the 300-level; and 30 credits, of which at least 15 must be at the 300-level, from the Schedule to the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies, or from courses with Massey Business School prefixes of 110, 114, 115, 125, 127, 137, 152, 153, 155, 156, 178, 219 or 290.

Candidates must meet all prerequisites except for 110.230, which may be included without a prerequisite. Meeting these prerequisites may require you to study courses that are additional to those specified in the Graduate Diploma.

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