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Waikato Management School
Executive Education

Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies

The Waikato Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (PGDip(MgtSt)) is a prestigious programme renowned for its exceptional theoretical and practical qualities. It is designed to develop the comprehensive skills required for effective management and provides you with a broad range of day-today management knowledge within all the main functional areas of management. It will provide you with a set of key management skills that you can apply to your own business.

The programme is delivered in an interactive environment that draws on participants’ existing business experience and allows you to directly use the new ideas encountered in your learning to existing workplace situations.  You will be exposed to a participatory learning experience that focuses on the integration of theory and practice through practical coursework, case studies and class discussion, which can be immediately applied.

As well as being a valuable programme in its own right, those who complete the PGDip(MgtSt) with a B Grade Point Average have the option to transition to Part Two of the Waikato MBA; a higher-level qualification that emphasises leadership.

This programme enables you to take your career to the next level and 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.

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. This is a one-year, full-time business masters open to graduates from any subject discipline.

Co-curricular workshops through the Postgraduate Diploma 

Our papers are supported by one day workshops which will augment necessary skills and competencies.     


This part of the programme is where you assess and reflect on your professional journey, build and strengthen your professional networks, starting with those in your cohort, and formulate your personal development plan for the future. 

Jan Adams


Jan Adams is Chief Operating Officer of Health Waikato, the provider arm of the Waikato District Health Board.   Jan is responsible for meeting all Government and board priorities and for its financial and operational performance; looking after 5,300 staff and an annual budget of more than $700million.  

Jan completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies at the Waikato Management School in 2011.

"It has been years since I undertook formal management qualifications in the UK.   Waikato offered me the opportunity to refresh my knowledge while adding some new elements not previously covered. I knew the Management School had an excellent reputation, and being able to study locally was a major attraction to me.

Jan says the course covered a wide range of management and business topics whilst being flexible enough that she could continue working full time.

“Studying part time meant I was able to put a lot of the new learning into practice immediately.  Also, I think it gives mesages to staff that you are never too old to learn and applying the benefits of new knowledge means you often look at issues through a different lens, which is helpful.

“I met some talented people on the course and whilst we were from diverse backgrounds, each of us brought our unique perspectives and learnt from each other. That was a real bonus.

"Many of our staff also undertake a variety of courses at Waikato Management School and they find them flexible with study options and very supportive. Waikato University is a great asset to the region.”


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