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Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Management

Key facts

    This programme is not currently accepting applications

A stepping stone

A postgraduate diploma is the stepping stone to further postgraduate study such as a master's, or to help progress your career

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Management gives you the opportunity to join the pathway to the Master of Sport Management, or to progress your career.

Be a sport manager of tomorrow

The increasing professionalisation of sport means there is a growing demand for qualified managers to manage and promote sports affairs. To be an effective sport manager of tomorrow, you will need a strong background in both business management and sport-related subjects. The Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Management combines broad business training and specialist skills to give you an excellent basis for careers in all areas of sport management.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Management is specifically designed to meet the needs of sport organisations. You will gain a valuable, flexible and highly marketable qualification, giving you skills and in-depth understanding in a broad range of management and sport-related areas.

Qualify more quickly

You can complete this qualification in twelve months of full-time study. If you study part-time it will take between two and a half and five years.

Be in demand

There is a market demand for professionally qualified sport managers. As sports bodies become more commercially focused, there will be a growing need for suitably qualified people like you with a sport and business background.

Research and teaching expertise

Massey’s sport management staff are recognised as top researchers in sport management, with publications in the main sport management journals and as members of editorial boards for key journals, such as the Journal of Sport Management.

International recognition

Massey University’s business and management studies are ranked in the top 300 universities in the world 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 ShanghaiRanking.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a passion for sport
  • Wish to pursue a professional career in sport management
  • Are seeking a qualification in shorter time frame
  • Want to take advantage of the many business opportunities in the sports industry
  • Are already working in the sport industry and looking for professional development


In a competitive employment market, qualification and credential “inflation” mean that organisations increasing want people with graduate qualifications. Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Management offers you a chance to get qualified for a particular vocation in sport and related industries, where employment opportunities are growing. With the dual emphasis on management and sport, you will be well placed to take advantage of these opportunities.

Areas you may work in include:

  • national sport organisations
  • national recreation organisations
  • regional sports trusts
  • one of the thousands of clubs and provincial or regional sporting organisations
  • territorial authorities (district and city councils)
  • managing national and international events
  • managing sport facilities
  • private enterprise
  • sport coordination in schools
  • high-performance sport
  • Sport NZ

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.

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