Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


1 year


Level 5

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Do You Mean Business?

Annika Hoitink (left) EIT School of Business student worked with Amanda Liddle, ExportNZ Hawke’s Bay at the Hawke’s Bay Business Hub.

Get your future sorted with a business diploma from EIT. This programme is practically orientated and will provide you with the skills and knowledge for 21st century business.

This diploma is a stand-alone programme providing a firm understanding of business in the New Zealand environment along with the most valuable attributes that are required in the modern business era. You’ll choose from six majors / strands: accounting, leadership and management, administration and technology, project management, human resource management, and marketing and sales.

Accounting and leadership and management can also be used as a pathway to further study, transitioning straight to the second year of the Bachelor of Business Studies.




The programme will enable you to think conceptually and adapt to change. In particular, the programme is designed to:

  • Apply a broad range of business knowledge and skills as well as specialised knowledge and skills in selected fields of business.
  • Be proactive to changes in the local, national and global business environment.
  • Demonstrate business competencies including problem solving, decision-making, negotiating and using technology effectively.
  • Develop and manage innovative approaches to business.
  • Practise business in a legal, sustainable, ethical and culturally appropriate manner.
  • Communicate, collaborate and build networks effectively with a diverse range of individuals, teams and organisations.
  • Gather, select and analyse information from a range of sources to inform business practice.
  • Take responsibility for continued learning and career opportunities.

While you’re studying for your business diploma at EIT you can also expect a supportive environment with small classes and positive, experienced lecturers. A further advantage is readily available one-to-one advice on course selection targeted towards your career.

Please feel free to contact us by phone, email or private message us on Facebook for a chat about your study options. You can also visit our Hawke’s Bay or Tairāwhiti campus to view EIT’s facilities.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Graduates of the Accounting strand will have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a variety of business entities in accounting roles such as: finance administrator, inventory controller, accounts receivable/payable officer. Graduates may also be able to contribute to community groups in volunteer accounting functions.

Graduates of the Leadership and Management strand will have the skills and knowledge to work or gain employment as a manager/leader within New Zealand and International business entities.

Graduates of the Administration and Technology strand will have the skills and knowledge to work, or gain employment, in a wide range of administration roles in a variety of sectors. These may include personal and executive assistants, customer service consultants, project and event administrators, virtual assistants, office managers, or office administration team leader roles.

Graduates of the Project Management strand will have the skills and knowledge to feel comfortable taking on an entry level role in project management. This may include entry level roles in project management either for a corporate or volunteer entity.

Graduates of the Human Resource Management strand will have the skills and knowledge to move forward in their career with the comfort that comes with a recognised qualification. This may include entry level HR roles or supervisory or first line management roles.

Graduates of the Marketing and Sales strand will have the skills and knowledge to achieve that goal and rise to the challenge, confident in the knowledge that you have the base skills to perform. These may include entry level sales and marketing roles.

Your study pathway could progress onto: Business qualifications at degree level. Directly enter into year two of EIT’s Bachelor of Business Studies [Level 7]. Relevant industry or professional qualifications at Level 6 or above.

Online Offering

There is also an option to study some of the NZ Diploma in Business courses online through our business partner eCampus NZ.


There are four entry dates per year:

  • February
  • May
  • July
  • October


Entry Requirements

Entry with Credit

International Entry Requirements

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairawhiti Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.