What will I learn?

The Diploma in Postgraduate Preparation – Pre Masters (DipPP) is an eight-month (two-trimester) level 7 Diploma that aims to prepare international students for postgraduate studies at the Waikato Management School, a Triple-Crown accredited business school in New Zealand, or the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

The DipPP provides international students, who either do not have the equivalent of a New Zealand bachelor's degree or do not meet the requirements for direct entry, with an alternative pathway into the following postgraduate qualifications offered by the University of Waikato: Master of Applied Finance (MAppFin); Master of Business and Management (MBM); Master of Digital Business (MDigiBus); Master of Management (Marketing) (MMgmt); Master of Management (Supply Chain Management) (MMgmt); Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcct); Master of Information Technology

Delivered by Waikato Pathways College, the programme teaches the English language, academic literacies, and personal and professional skills students need to succeed with postgraduate studies at a New Zealand university.

Once successfully completed, students will gain entry to one of the above Master degrees giving them the opportunity to study at Waikato Management School, a Triple-Crown accredited business school in New Zealand (ranked in the top 1% worldwide), or the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

Which department am I in?

University of Waikato College

Study options

Full Time (8 months)

Tuition fees
NZ$25,200.00 (US$ 17,139) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 July 2022, 16 November 2022


Hamilton Campus

Gate 1, Knighton Road,



3216, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

The equivalent of 2 years’ full time successful tertiary study

A qualification equivalent of Level 6 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)

An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band) or approved equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is renowned for its global research portfolio, distinctive future-focused courses, and world-class international education.

  • Top 300 institution worldwide (QS World University Rankings)
  • Small class sizes for personalized support
  • Over 2,000 internships and placements offered each year
  • Flexible degree structures for personal qualifications

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