Want to learn more about a specific area of management to complement your existing degree or career aspirations?
Then this is the qualification for you. Complete an intensive programme of generic business study or study in a specific area of business management. Graduates will have a sound understanding of the dynamic environment in which managers operate, enabling them to apply that knowledge at organisational and strategic levels in a range of industries and organisations. Undertake a significant industry-based research project, coupled with a 200-hour internship enabling you to gain vital practical experience.
You may specialise in a specific major or study a generic Applied Management pathway.
Please note: If you are studying in Dunedin, you can either undertake the generic Graduate Diploma or specialise in a specific major if you start in February. If you start in July, you can only study the generic Graduate Diploma.
International: NZD 17,576
- International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet the entry requirements.
- If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 6.0 for writing.
- Successful completion of our New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) programme is an acceptable equivalent.
You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate).
Eligible applicants will be accepted as received.
You will be required to purchase some textbooks during this programme and also cover any costs associated with fieldtrips.
You should allow $80-$150 per paper for required text books. This will be approximately $500 per year.
Further study options
Progress into higher levels of learning and enhance your employment potential with postgraduate study in Management.
Your programme of study will generally include lectures and seminars/ tutorials. You will be expected to contribute at least 20 hours per week of your own time in self-directed study to allow for successful completion of the qualification.
Recognition of prior learning
If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in business, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.
February and July (Dunedin); January, March, June, August and October (Auckland)
Apply by 3 February and 30 June (Dunedin); anytime (Auckland)
What is the minimum/maximum age to apply?
There is no maximum age to apply, provided that you are a genuine student. Usually, students beginning their programmes are at least 18 years of age.
How long will my study take?
Undergraduate degrees are three years, diplomas are usually two years and certificates are one year. Graduate and postgraduate qualifications can take one to two years to complete.
What about international recognition?
All of our qualifications are recognised internationally. You are able to take your Otago Polytechnic undergraduate degree and apply to other national and international tertiary institutions for graduate and postgraduate study.
How much can I earn as a student?
Those students who are eligible to work while studying may get causal jobs in areas like hospitality or other service industries. Your hourly wage is likely to be between NZD$13-15.
What do I need for my student visa?
Your Otago Polytechnic Offer of Place letter. This letter means you have been accepted to study. It also states your course fee, which you must pay first to your nearest New Zealand embassy, consulate or immigration office. You will then receive a receipt of payment from us. You must submit these two documents (your Offer of Place and your receipt of fees), along with evidence that you have sufficient funds for living expenses, and a return international air ticket or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one, to your nearest New Zealand embassy, consulate or immigration office.
For programmes longer than 24 months, you will also need to provide very recent medical and x-ray certificates. If you are over 17 years of age, you will need a police certificate to show that you are of good character. See the New Zealand Immigration website for more details.
Streamlined visa applications now open!
If you are an international student who will apply for your student visa from outside of New Zealand, you might be eligible for the streamlined visa process offered by Immigration New Zealand (INZ). This allows your visa application to be processed faster by INZ because Otago Polytechnic nominates you as a suitable candidate (INZ will decide the outcome and the processing time).
Once you have received your Offer of Place from Otago Polytechnic, you may apply for a streamlined visa nomination letter from us. For more information and to submit an application, click here.
What happens when I finish my degree?
Students who have completed their degree in the normal time and have a job offer related to their studies can apply for a work visa for another two years. This entitles you to work in the job you have been offered, and may help you qualify for residence.
What about applying for New Zealand residency?
If you meet the requirements of the current immigration policy in New Zealand, it is possible for you to apply for residence at any time. Immigration policy encourages students who have completed their degree in New Zealand to apply for permanent residence.
Is there an application fee?
How long does it take to apply?
We suggest you apply at least three to four months before your programme starts so that you are organised to arrive on time.
What do I need to include in my application?
Your English language test results: IELTS, TOEFL or TOIEC. We also require certified copies of any academic results you have from your overseas high school or university. We may also require your curriculum vitae or a portfolio, depending on your programme entry requirements.
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