Take the step up to a rewarding career
Build your career in construction with a Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management.
- Graduate, NZQF Level 7
- 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
- Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning
The Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management (FM) is aimed at professionals working in facilities management who hold a non-FM-related tertiary qualification. For example: engineering, commerce or science. It provides an educational route for FM professionals to progress into more senior leadership roles in the industry.
The structure and content of the programme is designed to build on your existing knowledge of the operational maintenance and management of built facilities. It ranges across the many and varied core skills required by facilities managers.
What will you learn?
You will gain the skills and knowledge to organise, control and coordinate the strategic and operational management of built facilities, environment and support services. The qualification covers four main knowledge areas: legal, management, technical and professional. It reflects the many and varied core competencies FM professionals need.
Research-led learning from industry experts
You’ll learn from professional experts in the fields of construction, facilities management, architecture, business, engineering, IT and other industries.
Our lecturers are active in research, ensuring you will be at the cutting edge of this fast growing industry.
The programme is flexible so you can study on campus or via distance learning, part-time or full-time.
Careers and further study
A Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management will help progress your career by providing opportunities for promotion within existing roles or enabling transition to new roles. Graduates will have the knowledge to take on roles that require operational and managerial skills for managing buildings and facilities in public and private organisations as in-house facilities managers or external facilities management consultants.
You will be in demand
There is a strong demand for facilities managers in New Zealand, with many employers saying it’s difficult to find the right person for the job. Around 30% of employers who took part in a survey conducted by FMANZ in 2018 said they have sourced candidates from overseas because they couldn’t find the right person for the job in New Zealand. This is due, in part, to the fact no New Zealand university has offered a tertiary-level pathway in facilities management until now. In the same survey, 62% of facilities managers said they had been headhunted by another company.
On completion of the Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management, you may wish to consider the Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Facilities Management) or the Master of Construction (Facilities Management).
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management programme you will:
- have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, and
- have completed at least two years of relevant professional experience.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
If you do not have the entry requirements
English language and foundation courses
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
Courses and planning
- Compulsory courses – 120 credits
Courses for this programme
|152350||Strategic Management and Governance||15|
|218201||Construction Technology and Services II||15|
|218204||Construction Contracts and Legal Principles||15|
|218329||Facilities Management for Construction Managers||15|
|218344||Managing Risk and Operational Sustainability||15|
|218346||Digital Evolution of Facilities Management||15|
|218352||Facilities and Asset Maintenance||15|
Planning your programme
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
The Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management is awarded without a specialisation.
Maximum time limits for completion
There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit
If you complete this programme within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with Distinction.
Look for further information under ‘Student Progression’ in the regulations for this programme.
- Read the regulations for this programme thoroughly
- Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and finance
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
A good fit if you:
- are working in facilities management but don’t have a facilities management qualification
- want to progress into a senior leadership role
- are looking to learn more about managing risk and operational sustainability.
Accreditations and rankings
The Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management and Diploma in Facilities Management are affiliated with the Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ). Students are eligible for student membership. Upon completion students can apply for one of FMANZ's membership categories.
Key information for students
Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.
Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
Applying and enrolling
Applying for the programme
Check you are ready
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
Choose your programme and click on Apply now
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
Enrolling in courses
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
- prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
- corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
- restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
- location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
What are courses and credits?
What are courses and credits?
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
- See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
- Courses search
Understanding course numbers
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
- sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
- undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
- as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
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Workload and time management
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.