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Manukau Institute of Technology

Manukau , Auckland ,New Zealand

Graduate Diploma in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Level 7)

Thinking about owning and operating your own business or intending to work in an organisation focused on innovation?  

This innovation and entrepreneurship graduate diploma focuses on developing your innovation and creative thinking in sport and community organisations.  

Whether you are thinking of developing a new product or service in your organisation, or you are wanting to grow your existing or new business, the  graduate diploma in innovation and entrepreneurship will provide the skills and practice to get you started. 

Learn, create, develop and grow ideas from conception through to market presence. Using leading-edge concepts, methodologies and tools, this qualification has a strong emphasis on combining theory and real-world application.  

Topics studied will be contextualised for the sporting industry, and include entrepreneurship, strategic planning, product development and sustainability. 

This qualification will immerse you in developing an innovative industry project for an existing or new sport or community organisation, providing you with the first step into your entrepreneurial journey.

All courses follow a blended delivery model, with classes being held at MIT Manukau campus and online via video conferencing. Classes will be held twice a week in the late afternoon/evening. MIT Manukau offers free parking during these class hours.

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Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

On completion of this qualification, you will have the ability to think about, create and grow high potential small to medium-sized businesses.

You may choose to establish your own entrepreneurial venture, work as a business advisor in the areas of product development and innovation management or manage new or established ventures to high growth, in both national and international arenas.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Successfully completed a bachelor's degree in any field excluding the specific graduate diploma field; or
  • Successfully completed a Level 6 or 7 diploma and relevant work and/or life experience (equivalent to a bachelor's degree); or
  • Evidence of equivalent practical, professional or educational experience e.g. three years' full-time work experience (relevant to business studies); and
  • Have English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.0 (with no score below 5.5 in speaking, reading, writing and listening) or equivalent.

Provisional entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

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