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Certificate in Business Studies


Take the first step towards a degree in business with Massey's Certificate in Business Studies.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 5
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū, Wellington
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 60
  • Duration

  • 0.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Open to international students on campus in New Zealand

Follow your interest in a particular subject area, or study a range of courses for personal interest.

Massey has also partnered with Kaplan Professional to offer a financial services pathway, for those needing to meet the new requirements for providing financial advice in New Zealand, within the Certificate in Business Studies.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.  

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:

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.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

60 credits

  • Courses from the Schedule – 45 credits
  • Elective – 15 credits

Courses for this programme

110109 Introductory Financial Accounting 15
110209 Intermediate Financial Accounting 15
110229 Management Accounting 15
110249 Accounting Information Systems 15
110279 Auditing 15
110289 Taxation 15
110303 Integrative Accounting 15
110309 Advanced Financial Accounting 15
110329 Advanced Management Accounting 15
110369 Forensic Accounting 15
110379 Advanced Auditing 15
110380 Estate and Tax Planning 15
110389 Advanced Taxation 15
114240 Organisational Behaviour 15
114241 Principles of Human Resources Management 15
114254 Employment Relations 15
114330 Equity and Diversity in the Workplace 15
114331 Contemporary HRM and Employment Relations 15
114332 Decent Work 15
114396 Strategic Human Resource Management 15
115109 Introduction to Business Analytics 15
115111 Communication Theory and Practice 15
115112 Accounting for Business 15
115113 Economics for Business 15
115114 Finance Fundamentals 15
115115 Management in Context 15
115116 Introduction to Marketing 15
115211 Business Law 15
115212 Fundamentals of Leadership and Teamwork 15
125111 Managing your Personal Finances 15
125143 Essentials of Investment Advice 30
125155 Essentials of Insurance Advice - Life, Disability, and Health 30
125156 Essentials of Insurance Advice - General 30
125163 Essentials of Residential Property Lending Advice 30
125179 Introduction to Financial Advice 30
125220 Financial Institutions and Markets 15
125230 Business Finance 15
125241 Introduction to Investments 15
125250 Financial Modelling 15
125320 International Finance 15
125330 Advanced Business Finance 15
125340 Investment Analysis 15
125350 Financial Risk Management 15
125364 Bank Financial Management 15
127241 Property Market Principles 15
127242 Introduction to Property Valuation 15
127245 Introduction to Property Finance and Investment 15
127341 Property Management and Development 15
127342 Applied Property Finance and Investment 15
127343 Applied Property Valuation 15
127378 Property Economics and Planning 15
152203 Business and Society 15
152230 Entrepreneurship 15
152232 Small Business Management 15
152250 Managing Organisations 15
152252 Project Management 15
152261 International Business 15
152264 International Supply Chain Management 15
152270 Māori Management 15
152304 Managing Services 15
152325 Designing and Developing Organisations 15
152330 Enterprise Development 15
152331 Scaling and Growth 15
152333 New Venture Project 15
152336 Leadership Practice 15
152337 New Venture Development 15
152338 Cultural Perspectives on Entrepreneurship 15
152350 Strategic Management and Governance 15
152355 Sustainability Issues, Challenges and Responses 15
152366 Operational Management of International Business 15
152370 Te Whanaketanga o te Pakihi Māori - Advanced Māori Business Development and Management 15
153204 Negotiation Principles 15
155201 Law of Property 15
155202 Essentials of Law 15
155203 Law of Business Organisations 15
155210 Commercial Law 15
155301 Employment Law 15
156231 Strategic Marketing Management 15
156232 Consumer Behaviour 15
156233 Marketing Research 15
156235 Social Media and Digital Marketing 15
156237 Marketing Communication and Advertising 15
156238 Marketing New Products 15
156334 Marketing Consultancy Project 15
156338 International Marketing 15
156339 Omni-Channel Retail Marketing 15
156340 Customer Intelligence 15
156341 Branding 15
157151 Living and Working with Technology 15
157216 Management, Analytics and Decision Making 15
157240 Social Media Networks for Business 15
157241 Technology Trends for Organisations 15
157325 Information Management Project 15
157340 Organisational Knowledge Management 15
157350 Technology Governance and Risk Management 15
157394 Managing Technology Projects and Programmes 15
161101 Statistics for Business 15
178100 Principles of Economic Policy 15
178111 Quantitative Methods for Economics 15
178200 Macroeconomics 15
178201 Microeconomics 15
178221 Methods of Economic Analysis 15
178250 Contemporary Economic Issues 15
178280 Economic Analysis and Applications 15
178300 Macroeconomic Policy and Applications 15
178301 Microeconomic Theory and Applications 15
178307 Markets, Firms and Consumers 15
178352 Survey of International Economics 15
178360 Environmental Economics 15
178370 Development Economics 15
178380 Applied Econometrics 15
197288 Creative Collaboration 15
197388 Creative Communities 15
219203 Business Communication 15
219204 News Media and Society 15
219205 Professional Presentations in Business 15
219206 Communication and Technological Change 15
219209 Public Relations Practice 15
219302 Gender and Communication in Organisations 15
219303 Organisational Communication 15
219304 Intercultural Communication 15
219305 Public Relations Management 15
219307 Interpersonal Communication 15
219335 Media Law and Ethics 15
222215 Brand Communication 15
224205 Design for Display 15
240260 Logistics and Supply Chain Fundamentals 15
240364 Purchasing and Supply Management 15
240365 Demand Chain Management 15
290100 Retail Practice Internship 15
290102 Contemporary Retail Management 15
290201 Retail Knowledge Internship 15
290202 Design Thinking for Business Operations 15
290203 Buying and Category Management 15
290204 Managing the Customer Experience 15
290301 Retail Experience Internship 30
290302 Strategic Transformation in Retailing 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time you will take four 15-credit courses, normally able to be completed in one semester.

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.

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 wanting a university qualification but not sure which area
  • are not sure if you want to commit to a degree.

Accreditations and rankings

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.

Digital Reskill

You have an opportunity in this programme to develop the digital skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world, and gain Microsoft certification through Massey's Digital Reskill initiative.

QS Ranking - Business and Management

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.

ShanghaiRanking – business and finance

Massey University is ranked #1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities globally for business administration and finance by ShanghaiRanking.

Key information for students

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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.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

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.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

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.

Find and apply for scholarships