Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA) comprises 8 courses of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and is ideally suited to busy managers seeking to increase their career skills in a shorter time frame.

The option to complete an MBA degree with six months further study makes the PGDBA an attractive option. Classes are run Saturdays and Sundays so business leaders can maximise their valuable time.

PGDBA NZQA Qualification Overview 

For any students that started before May 2019, all detail regarding the old 6-credit system can be found here.

Programme Structure/Courses

Each student’s programme is planned in conjunction with the Academic Head of Programme to satisfy academic regulations and reflect the candidate’s background, interest and career aspirations.

The PGDBA comprises eight courses, including four compulsory courses:

Plus four elective courses chosen from:

Duration & Start Dates

12 months full-time

Start Dates in 2019
18 May, 13 July, 7 September, 2 November

Entry Requirements

  1. IELTS 6.5 with no individual band lower than 6.0 / TOEFL iBT 79 (with a writing score of 21) / Pearson 58 / AIS TEP 56 or equivalent with no band less than 13
  2. A degree, or equivalent professional qualification as approved by the Academic Board of AIS; andat least two years relevant work experience as approved by the Academic Board of AIS or
  3. hold a Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business degree (recognised by Academic Board as being at least equivalent to New Zealand pass standard) or other qualification approved by the Academic Head of Business Administration Programmes (or the Academic Director or Academic Registrar in his stead) and include the module 4.798 Internship.


International Students

2019 Programme Fees: NZ$21,000
Resource Fees: NZ$1,900
Total: NZ$22,900

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

Domestic Students

2019 Programme Fees: NZ$13,500
Resource Fees: NZ$1,900
Total: NZ$15,400
Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

This programme is eligible for a student loan from Studylink. Contact Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or log on to to apply for student finance.

Download 2019 Prospectus