What will I learn?

Build on our previous degree or aviation industry experience.

What is it Like?

You may have an interest in the aviation industry and are possibly already working in this area. If so, and you do not have an aviation-related tertiary qualification, the Graduate Diploma in Aviation is the stepping stone to take you to the next level of your career.

This programme is run in block courses, specifically designed for those that may be working while studying. It takes one year full-time to complete.

The Graduate Diploma in Aviation enables you to study another subject without completing a second bachelor’s degree. The graduate diploma is a bridging tool to gain the equivalent of an undergraduate major in a specific area so you can go on to postgraduate study.

The Graduate Diploma in Aviation Studies draws on existing courses from the Bachelor of Aviation Management, giving an insight into the full undergraduate degree.

Internationally-recognised qualification

Your qualification is internationally recognised and accredited by the key New Zealand aviation authorities.

Massey University’s business and management studies are ranked in the top 300 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration and finance programmes by Shanghai Ranking.

A unique qualification

Massey University is the only place in New Zealand where you can turn your passion for aviation into a university qualification. We are an internationally-recognised pilot training facility, but we also introduce you to a wider knowledge of the global aviation industry. Topics include aviation human factors, aviation security issues, airline strategic management and legal issues in aviation. A background in these topics will expand the range of careers open to you in the aviation industry.

Graduate Diploma in Aviation structure

The Graduate Diploma in Aviation consists of 120 credits at 200 and 300-level from the Schedule to the diploma including at least 75 credits at 300-level.

Which department am I in?

School of Aviation

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$29,370.00 (US$ 18,894) per year

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

Application deadline

Expected May 2021

More details

Start date

13 July 2020


Massey University

Manawatu Campus,

Tennent Drive,

Palmerston North,


4474, New Zealand

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$30,370.00 (US$ 19,537) per year

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

Application deadline

Expected May 2021

More details

Start date

13 July 2020, 22 February 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Equivalent entry qualification: Applicants must have successful completion of a successful completion of a three year diploma or undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution. English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.0 (no band less than 5.5); TOEFL iBT- 80 overall (min 19 in Writing); PTE Academic - 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills); Cambridge English - 169.

For international students

All students must satisfy the requirements for entry into Massey University. Admission to this programme is with a University degree, or under admission with equivalent status. You need to satisfy the School of Aviation that you have the background and relevant experience to follow the programme with a reasonable chance of success.

Please upload a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) including academic and work history

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

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


About this uni

Massey University conducts ground-breaking research and delivers outstanding learning opportunities.

  • Over 5,000 international students from around 100 countries
  • Innovative campuses in three cities
  • A wide range of programmes to choose from foundation to PhD