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Sport is a multi-billion dollar global growth industry and a rapidly developing sector of the New Zealand economy.

In recent years that sports industry, both in New Zealand and elsewhere, has grown exponentially, and become increasingly business-orientated. Sport-related business development extends across various sectors of the economy, including:

  • Sports marketing
  • Sports law
  • Sport-related tourism
  • Events and conventions management
  • Sports management
  • Venue and facilities management
  • The personal fitness industry
  • Athlete/sport management companies

Read more about the Sports Business Industry

Find out about the DipGrad (Sports Business)

Information for DipGrad (Sports Business) applicants

The DipGrad is intended for students who have earned a degree. In some cases a student who has not earned a degree may also be eligible.

Contact the DipGrad Director for advice on your options, if you are thinking of doing a DipGrad.

You will then need to complete the online application process to apply for the DipGrad programme and select your papers. This is the usual enrolment process that starts with an online application and ends with a form for course approval. This form needs to be signed by the DipGrad Director.

While the DipGrad requires you to do at least seven papers, of which at least four are at 300-level, not all papers at the University are worth 18 points, so the regulations regarding the DipGrad are given directly in terms of points.

Summary of application process:

  1. Contact the Director
  2. Submit an online application form
  3. When you receive your form for course approval, go to the Director to have it signed

Contact Details for the DipGrad (Sports Business)

Diploma for Graduates Programme Director


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Programme requirements for the DipGrad (Sports Business)

120pts (72 points at/or above 300-level)

Core Papers

Two of

Four of


1. Nature of the Diploma

The Diploma for Graduates is a justifiable and academically feasible programme of study, designed for graduates and others with equivalent qualifications or experience, who require additional training with or without the objective of undertaking postgraduate study in that discipline; or training in another discipline without the necessity to undertake another full degree programme; or who wish to extend their knowledge of an area of study or bring it up to date; or who wish to gain the equivalent of an additional major subject; or who wish to satisfy the requirements of an external professional body.

2. Admission to the Programme

(a) Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Senate.

(b) Every applicant shall
(i) have been admitted to a degree or a diploma of a university in New Zealand; and
(ii) have attained a satisfactory standard of performance in that degree or diploma; or
(iii) have submitted evidence satisfactory to the Senate of previous training and experience appropriate to the planned programme of study.

3. Subjects of Study

The diploma may be taken in any subject or combination of subjects which constitutes a justifiable and academically feasible programme, taking into account the prior qualifications and experience of the candidate concerned. The papers to be included shall be decided in consultation with the Programme Director and the Heads of the Departments concerned.

4. Structure of the Programme

(a) Every programme of study for the diploma shall
(i) consist of papers worth at least 120 points;
(ii) include at least 72 points for papers at or above 300-level;
(iii) include such other work as may be prescribed in particular cases.

(b) The Diploma may be endorsed in any of the subjects defined in the Schedule of Endorsements if the programme includes the requirements specified in the Schedule.

(c) Students who have been granted transfer credit, ad eundem credit, or RPL credit, on the basis of work which has not been counted towards any other qualification, may include up to 60 points for such credit in a programme. The credit may be at 100- or 200-level only, except in the case of students participating in the Student Exchange Programme, who may be credited with papers at 300-level or above.

5. Duration of the Programme

The programme may be completed by full-time candidates in one year, or by part-time candidates over more than one year. Any paper in which a candidate is enrolled in any year shall be examined in that year.

6. Variations

The Senate may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

Further information about the DipGrad (Sports Business)

Further information regarding the Diploma for Graduates Programme can be found elsewhere on the University of Otago's website.

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