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Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems

Level 7

Develop skills in the analysis, design, development and management of business information systems with the UCOL 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 (40 weeks)
Part-time option available.
(See Course Hours & Duration for details)

19 Feb 2024 - 29 Nov 2024
22 Jul 2024 - 27 Jun 2025

Domestic Fees: *

Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$25,000.00 + Student Services Levy $591.00

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 the use of information and communication technologies, and recommending future-focused IT solutions.

The UCOL 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.

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 40 weeks, including 6 holiday weeks.

Per week, your learning will include approximately:

Class Time
9 hrs

In-person, online and plus block courses at UCOL Te Pūkenga.

Industry Experience
12-14 hrs

Industry placement or internship.

Study Time
20 hrs

Study in your own time. You can also choose to study part-time. Talk to us about your options with this programme.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Business analyst
  • IT project manager

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for Analysts, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL Te Pūkenga is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

This programme consists of 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 the 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 evaluate processes, scope projects, analyse 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.

 Industry Connections

The Graduate Diploma is well supported by industry and this strong industry involvement means that learners 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].

English language proficiency
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

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 Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

Under 20 years of age
In addition to this, international applicants under 20 years of age must have NCEA equivalency.

 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 Te Pūkenga 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 and Training Act 2020, and Universal College of Learning, a business division of Te Pūkenga is accredited to teach it.