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University of Otago · School of Business

Entry requirements

Applicants shall either have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Commerce majoring in the subject or subjects of study proposed; or have been admitted with the status of one who is entitled to proceed to the diploma.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre English for Otago programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Months of entry

February, July

Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom) is a two-semester paper-based programme designed for graduates seeking to build on their undergraduate degree and enhance their career prospects. Unlike the Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) degree, it does not require students to write a dissertation. The PGDipCom may be awarded with distinction or credit.

Entrepreneurs create value in the form of new products, new organisations and new ways of doing things. Exceptional entrepreneurs disrupt business-as-usual, creating new markets and new industries. By studying entrepreneurship, you will build your capacity to add value to the world and tackle important challenges in business and beyond. You can also use the entrepreneurial skills and innovative thinking you develop in our programme to solve economic, environmental and social problems of all kinds. The minor in Entrepreneurship is a terrific pairing for any major or course of study.

Developing an entrepreneurial mindset enables you to recognise opportunities, test ideas, and know what steps it takes to turn your ideas into action. This means managing innovative ideas and creating new products. Students who have minored in entrepreneurship have started businesses or gone on to work for start-ups, multinationals, non-profits and the public sector. The minor in Entrepreneurship equips you to take on a real-world challenge in any sized organisation and create value.


  • ENTR 411 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • ENTR 412 Feasibility Analysis
  • ENTR 413 Finance for Entrepreneurs
  • ENTR 414 Marketing in a Digital World
  • ENTR 415 New Venture Strategy
  • plus one of ENTR 420, ENTR 421, or TOUR 416

Information for international students

Otago offers students an unrivalled campus experience and a vibrant, social student culture. The majority of Otago’s 21,000 students live, work and play in Dunedin - New Zealand’s only true university city. Otago is home to over 3,000 students, from over 100 countries.

Fees and funding

International students
NZ $31,056

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip(Com)
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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