Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (PGDipMgtSt)
Equip yourself with best practice skills needed to become a dynamic leader or manager in your own company or workplace.
Waikato's Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (PGDip(MgtSt)) is aimed at business owners and middle managers who wish to take their career to the next level.
It will equip you with broad knowledge and skills required for effective management in all the core functional areas, giving you a holistic view of organisations, and provide a global understanding of business.
You'll discuss everything from strategic thinking and leading high-performance teams, through to digital business technologies, global competitiveness, change management, investment decision-making and financial analysis.
The course is taught part-time over 1-2 years in an interactive learning environment that draws on participants’ own business experience. This allows you to directly apply new ideas and business theories to a variety of workplace situations.
Classes are offered in Hamilton or Tauranga on weeknights or weekends.
Learning is through practical coursework, case studies and class discussion. For the integrative case study, you'll work in teams to develop a strategy for a real organisation.
This programme is ideal for:
- Middle managers looking to step into higher-level leadership roles, who have at least three years’ relevant management experience
- Functional, technical or professional specialists moving into positions that require broader management knowledge and expertise
- Business owners or entrepreneurs looking to add best practice management, knowledge and leadership skills to their practical expertise.
Stepping stone to the Waikato MBA
As well as being a valuable programme in its own right, those who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies with a B grade average have the option of transferring into the Waikato Master of Business Administration (MBA); a higher-level qualification that emphasises leadership.
Papers for the PGDipMgtSt
The 11 papers in the programme will provide you with a holistic view of all aspects of management.
Enhance your understanding of the leader's role in building creative, innovative, high-performing teams; how to create systems and structures that develop a culture of high performance; and how to evaluate teams and individuals through coaching and performance feedback. Learn more.
This paper looks at the importance of strategic planning and decision-making to address a firm's external dynamics and fully utilise its internal resources and capabilities. Analyses techniques will be connected with aspirational future thinking to create a practical action plan for the firm to excel. Learn more.
The global economic environment can have a significant impact on the performance of your business. Business owners need to constantly monitor and adjust to this dynamic environment, which gives rise to important opportunities and challenges.This paper blends theory and case studies to provide insights into practical business issues. Learn more.
This paper is focused on effective communication for leaders as they connect people, ideas and actions within the complex business environment. Learn more.
This paper equips students with useful skills they can use in developing good HR practices. It will show you ways to critically evaluate existing practices and recommend and implement changes. Learn more.
Often termed as the ‘new gold’, big data is fundamentally changing the way that modern businesses operate in the global economy. Understanding how to use digital data to revolutionise an organisation's operations and generate fresh insights is critical for today's managers. Learn more.
This paper shows the integration between operations and supply chain management in achieving customer satisfaction and business competitiveness. This applies to product, production and to service industries. Learn more.
Gain the skills needed to become a successful marketing practitioner. In this paper you will learn about strategic marketing concepts, develop a positioning strategy for an organisation, and apply a range of marketing mix tools to achieve your strategy. It will also enhance your understanding of customer attitudes, desires and behaviours. Learn more.
This paper explores the process of accounting for organisations from both a financial and managerial accounting perspective.You will examine the use of financial data for diagnosis and investment decision-making, and the impact of budgeting and measurement on managerial behavior. Learn more.
As organisations invest in capital projects, investment decision-making becomes crucial. You will apply investment appraisal techniques, deal with risk and uncertainty, and investigate financial systems where money can be accessed. Learn more.
This capstone paper seeks to integrate all your previous learnings into a real case study. Students will work in teams to review the strategic position of a real-life organisation, develop specific strategic recommendations for the future, and receive feedback from the company's CEO or a senior manager. Learn more.
Study options - Hamilton or Tauranga
Enjoy the freedom to study part-time while you work, with classes offered in Hamilton or Tauranga.
Classes start in February/March and finish in mid-December.
Option 1: Hamilton - One year
- Monday and Thursday evenings, 6pm - 9pm. One year, starting February.
Option 2: Hamilton - One year
- Alternate weekends, Friday 2pm - 6pm and Saturday 8am - 4.30pm. One year, starting March.
Option 3: Hamilton - Two years
- Monday evenings, 6pm - 9pm. Two years, starting February.
Option 4: Tauranga - Two years
- Alternate Saturdays, 8.30am - 5pm. Two years, starting February.
Personal leadership development
Professional development is an important theme of the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies. We give our students the opportunity to grow not only as managers but to develop as leaders too.
You'll be asked to nominate a mentor for the duration of the programme, who will act in a support role. He or she can be a senior manager in your own workplace, or someone in another organisation.
You'll gain a deeper understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader through a tailored programme of personal development. This will include evaluations related to emotional intelligence, personality type, team roles and 360-degree feedback.
Complementing this will be a one-on-one leadership clinic to discuss your individual development needs and prepare an action plan.
Teaching and learning facilities
Our teaching facilities at Waikato are second-to-none. In 2016 we opened a brand new Executive Education suite, offering spacious learning areas for our MBA participants.
The University of Waikato also boasts a world-class Library, giving students free access to thousands of textbooks, journal articles, business magazines, and online databases - so the most up-to-date information is at your fingertips.
You can apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies if you have:
- A bachelor's degree, or another tertiary or relevant professional qualification; and
- At least three years' relevant management experience; or
- No tertiary qualification but have at least 5-7 years' relevant management experience.
Note: This programme is taught part-time, so is NOT open to international students unless they are permanent residents of New Zealand. However, you may be interested in applying for the Master of Business and Management (MBM) degree instead.
How to apply
To enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, you will need to complete an online application form through the University of Waikato website.
Please read the information below BEFORE you start the online enrolment process.
You'll need to provide the following documentation:
- A personal written statement
- Verified copies of your academic record or highest qualification
- An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
- Contact details of your last 2-3 direct reporting managers
- Three written letters of reference (employer and character)
- Proof of citizenship or permanent residency (eg. birth certificate or passport).
In some cases, you may also be asked to attend an interview before we can make a final decision.