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Graduate Certificates and Diplomas

Graduate certificates and diplomas provide the opportunity to complete a specialised qualification with only a relatively short period of study. It also provides a pathway to future study. It is a great way to enhance your current degree or work experience with new specialist knowledge.

What is a graduate certificate or diploma?

  • A graduate certificate is the equivalent of one academic semester of study.
    • It is 60 points (equivalent to half a year of full-time study) of which at least 40 points must be at 300 level (third year papers) or above. At least 40 points must be from one subject.
  • A graduate diploma is the equivalent of two academic semesters of study and is similar to taking a major in a bachelors degree.
    • It is 120 points (equivalent to one year of full-time study) of which at least 80 points must be at 300 level (third year papers) or above. At least 80 points must be from one subject.

Who are graduate certificates and diplomas suitable for?

  • You have a university degree but want to add a specialisation different from your major. For example, an accounting graduate might do a Graduate Diploma in Marketing.
  • You have an undergraduate degree and you wish to use a graduate qualification as preparation for postgraduate study in a subject.
  • You have relevant experience in an area and you want to take a supporting short, specialised qualification; e.g. a business person with marketing experience might want to take a Graduate Diploma in Marketing.
  • You work full-time and wish to study part-time towards a graduate diploma or certificate.

Graduate Diplomas

Accounting:

This is a one year full-time or part-time equivalent programme. You must have completed papers within your undergraduate degree that are equivalent to ACCT101 - Accounting for Management and ACCT102 - Introductory Financial Accounting.

You can complete the Graduate Diploma in Accounting in Tauranga by enrolling in two papers with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (formerly Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic) and four papers with the University of Waikato (UoW).

Finance:

This is a one year full-time or part-time equivalent programme.

You can complete the Graduate Diploma in Finance in Tauranga by enrolling in two papers with Toi Ohomai and four papers with the University of Waikato (UoW).

Marketing:

This is a one year full-time or part-time equivalent programme.

You can complete the Graduate Diploma in Marketing in Tauranga by enrolling in two papers with Toi Ohomai and four papers with the University of Waikato (UoW).

Psychology:

This is a one year full-time or part-time equivalent programme.

You can complete the Graduate Diploma in Psychology in Tauranga. Completing this qualification in Tauranga works best when commencing study in Semester B (July) because compulsory paper PSYC208 is a pre-requisite for many 300 level Psychology papers.

Contact 0800 WAIKATO or email info@waikato.ac.nz for more information.

See the Tauranga Prospectus for more information.