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Postgraduate Programmes: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE)

GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

Graduate certificates are offered to students whose first degree is in a different discipline (whereas postgraduate certificates and postgraduate diplomas are in the same discipline as the first degree).

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship is designed for people interested in starting-up a new venture, enhancing their business or commercialising their ideas. This programme offers experienced professionals and business owners the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge to become an entrepreneurial manager of either a new or established business. Participants will learn how to deal with uncertainty, manage innovation and improve the business through the application of best practice methods of small business management and new product development. This programme is especially useful for managers and owners of small to medium businesses who wish to acquire skills and knowledge in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Admission Requirements: To be admitted to study for the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship a person shall have:

Programme Requirements: The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship consists of three core courses:

Courses: MBA 432 MBA 437 and MBA 421.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration is offered as an on-the-job education programme aimed at improving the management capacity of Fiji civil servants. It provides an understanding of governance and public administration concepts vis-a-vis their practical implications in Fiji and the South Pacific.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted for study for a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration, a person shall have:

Programme Requirements: The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration consists of two courses.

Courses: Any two of: MG451, MG452, MG453.

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATES

Within the suite of the Graduate School of Business (GSB) programmes, the Postgraduate Certificate has been designed to open up wider opportunities for managers to improve their administrative performance through exposure to high-level administrative training. The two programmes are:

Those who complete either of these Postgraduate Certificates may apply for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration or the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programmes, provided they have a GPA of 3.0, and if successful they will normally receive credit transfer for the three Postgraduate Certificate courses.

Note: Programmes in the Graduate School of Business operate on the basis of three trimesters per year. Refer to the ‘Principal Dates’ section of this publication for academic trimester dates.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to study for:

the Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Administration; or the Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management, a person shall have:

Programme Requirements:

Each of the Postgraduate Certificates in Business Administration consists of three courses.

Programmes:

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION (LEVEL 7)

Courses: MBA422, MBA432, MBA436.

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (LEVEL 7)

Courses: MBA423, MBA433, MBA435.

The Graduate School of Business may provide a customised ‘Graduate Certificate in Business Administration’ designed to meet the capacity development needs of a client organisation. The certificate would be composed of a selection of three MBA courses.

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (LEVEL 7)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Diplomacy and International Affairs provides a core grounding in diplomacy and international affairs. It also provides a staircase into the Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy and International Affairs and the Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Affairs.

Admission Requirements:

The admission requirement for the Postgraduate Certificate in Diplomacy and International Affairs is a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised tertiary institute with a GPA of at least 3.0, or equivalent. In judging ‘equivalence’ account is taken of relevant professional experience.

Programme Requirements:

The Postgraduate Certificate in Diplomacy and International Affairs consists of two courses.

Courses: Two of: PL409, PL410, EC416, PL400 or PL401.

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMAS

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN AGRICULTURE (LEVEL 7)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Agriculture is offered in three streams:

Programme Requirements:

Each Postgraduate Diploma in Agriculture consists of five courses.

Agricultural Economics

Courses: AG401, AG411, AG412, AG415, AG465.

Animal Science

Courses: AG401, AG471, AG472, AG473, AG474

Crop Science

Courses: AG401, AG422, AG461, AG464, AG465

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (LEVEL 7)

Within the suite of Graduate School of Business (GSB) programmes, the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration has been designed to open up wider opportunities for managers to improve their administrative performance through exposure to high-level administrative training.

The two programmes are:

Those who complete either of these Postgraduate Diplomas may apply for admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme, provided they achieve a GPA of at least 3.0, and if successful will normally receive credit transfer for the six Postgraduate Diploma courses.

Note: Programmes in the Graduate School of Business operate on the basis of three trimesters per year. Refer to the ‘Principal Dates’ section of this publication for academic trimester dates.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to study for:

The Postgraduate Diploma for General Managers; or the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced

Analytical Skills, a person shall have:

Programme Requirements:

Each of the Postgraduate Diplomas in Business Administration consists of six courses.

Programmes:

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA FOR GENERAL MANAGERS (LEVEL 7)

Courses: MBA423, MBA433, MBA435, MBA437, MBA439 plus one MBA course.

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ADVANCED ANALYTICAL SKILLS (LEVEL 7)

Courses: MBA422, MBA431, MBA432, MBA436, MBA439, plus one other MBA course.

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN COMMERCE (LEVEL 7)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce is offered in the following majors: Accounting, Professional Accounting, Banking and Finance, Economics, Management and Public Administration, Official Statistics, Population Studies and Demography, and Land Management.

The general admission requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma are:

ACCOUNTING

Programme Requirements:

The Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Accounting) consists of four courses.

Courses: AF413, AF418; plus two 400-level courses from the following: AF411, AF412, AF414, AF415, AF438.

PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting a person shall: a) have at least one year of experience in commerce, industry or government after completing a bachelor’s degree with a major in Accounting from a recognised tertiary institution.

Programme Requirements:

The Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting consists of five courses.

Courses: Any five courses from the following: AF401, AF402, AF405, AF420, AF431, AF432, AF433, AF434, AF435, AF436, AF437, AF439, and AF440.

BANKING AND FINANCE

Programme Requirements:

The Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Banking and Finance) consists of four courses.

Courses: BF401, BF402, FM401, AF418.

ECONOMICS

The Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Economics) consists of four courses.

Courses: EC401, EC402, EC403, EC404.

LAND MANAGEMENT

The Post graduate Diploma in Land Management consists of four courses.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants who are Registered Valuers who do not have a first degree may be considered for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Land Management, and for Registered Valuers with alternative qualifications credit may be granted.

Courses: LM401, LM402, LM420, PC425.

MANAGEMENT AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

The Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Management and Public Administration) consists of four courses of which two courses: MG405 and MG451 are core courses. Students can choose any remaining two from the list below:

Courses: MG401, MG402, MG403, MG404, MG405, MG406, MG409, MG410, MG411, MG412 and MG453. Students intending to progress to a Master’s degree (by thesis) should substitute DG 400 or a similar research methods course for one of these.

POPULATION STUDIES AND DEMOGRAPHY

The Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Population Studies and Demography) consists of four courses.

Courses: PD401, PD402; plus two 400-level courses chosen from the following; EC404, DG415, DG410.

TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT

The Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Tourism and Hospitality Management) consists of four courses.

Courses: DG400, TS401, plus one of TS402, TS403 or TS405; plus one 400-level elective course (such as one of the TS courses or DG408, DG417, DG422, LM402, MG401, MG402, MG412, EV414).

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (LEVEL 7)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies is an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme that produces graduates able to assume creative leadership roles in shaping sustainable societies. The postgraduate diploma critically analyses ideas about governance, civil society, urbanisation, regionalism, and global institutions, and explores their relationships with development. In addition the postgraduate diploma teaches students essential research skills needed for later MA and PhD theses or for more general work-related research activities.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted in the Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies a full-time candidate shall have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a GPA of at least 3.0. Consideration will be given to professional experience and related training.

Programme Requirements:

The Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies consists of five courses.

Courses: DG400, DG410, plus one of the following 400-level Development Studies courses: DG413, DG415, DG416, DG417, DG420, DG422 plus two 400-level elective courses chosen from any related fields.

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (LEVEL 7)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy and International Affairs offers a more comprehensive understanding of international relations and diplomacy. It provides an opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge of global and regional developments. It also provides a staircase into the Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Affairs.

Admission Requirements:

The admission requirement for the Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy and International Affairs is a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a GPA of at least 3.0, or equivalent.  In judging ‘equivalence’ account is taken of relevant professional experience (Postgraduate Certificate in Diplomacy and International Affairs graduates have to achieve a GPA of 3.0 to enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy and International Affairs).

Programme Requirements:

The Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy and International Affairs consists of four courses.

Courses: Four of PL409, PL410, EC416 and PL400 or PL401.

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN FORENSIC ACCOUNTING & FRAUD INVESTIGATION (LEVEL 7)

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation a person shall have at least one year of experience in commerce, industry or government after completing a bachelor’s degree with a major in Accounting from a recognized tertiary institution.

Programme Requirements:

The Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation consists of five courses.

Courses: AF401, AF402, AF405, AF420 and AF432.

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN GOVERNANCE (LEVEL 7)

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted in the Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, a full time candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a GPA of at least 3.0. Candidates with GPAs above 2.5 may be considered in exceptional cases. Factors relevant to considering applications may include professional experience and related training.

Special Programme Requirements:

The Postgraduate Diploma in Governance consists of five courses.

Courses: DG400; plus DG404 or DG406; plus one 400-level Governance course chosen from the following: DG403, DG407 and DG411 plus two 400-level elective courses that may be in Governance or related fields.

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