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Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems

Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems

Level 7

Develop skills in the analysis, design, development and management of business information systems with UCOL's Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems.

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Quick info

Level: 7

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 1 year full-time

21 Feb 2022 - 02 Dec 2022
25 Jul 2022 - 30 Jun 2023

Domestic Fees: *
$6367.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Deliver valuable insights to business owners and managers by analysing use of information and communication technologies, and recommending future-focused IT solutions.

UCOL's Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems will teach you essential skills for guiding the development, implementation and evaluation of an organisation's strategic operations. You'll also gain real-world experience by working with a local business/organisation on a project.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Business analyst
  • IT project manager

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Analysts.

 Course Information

This programme comprises 120 credits.

Level 6 courses

Accounting Information Systems
Learn contemporary accounting information systems and develop competencies in using relevant software applications such as spreadsheets, drawing programmes, databases, report writing and accounting packages.

Business Analytics and Research
Learn how to apply quantitative and qualitative research methods, use common business analytics and research tools, and demonstrate professional representation of business analytics and research data.

Analysis and Design
Learn how to analyse the needs of a business and introduce tools and techniques that add value.

Level 7 courses

Management of Information and Communication Technologies
Learn about the strategic importance of information and information technology management within organisations. Familiarise yourself with frameworks for strategic analysis of an organisation's use of IT and the ways in which the organisation can benefit from the use of IT in the future.

Advanced Project Management
Learn the principles of project management and apply these to evaluating processes, scoping projects, analysing project performance and success, and human resource management. You'll develop the skills to analyse any issues that arise and evaluate applicable solutions.

Industry Project A & B
An applied research project involving a work placement at an organisation to which theoretical learning and self-reflection is applied.

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

The Graduate Diploma is well supported by industry and this strong industry involvement means that students are able to apply their knowledge and skills and develop an analytical approach to real world problems and issues.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

A bachelor's degree in any field excluding Business Information Systems


Level 6 or 7 Diploma and relevant work and/or life experience (equivalent to a Bachelor's degree) or Evidence of equivalent practical, professional or educational experience e.g. 3 - 5 years full time work experience [relevant to business studies].

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6 with no band score less than 5.5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). UCOL is a TOEFL testing centre.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Places are available to international students on a full fee basis. 

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

It is recommended that the applicants for this programme have some background and knowledge in Information Technology. A conversation with the programme manager before enrolling is highly recommended.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).

 Additional Costs

Approximately $150.00 for textbook.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.