New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) Ref: PC9799

Credits: 124 credits

Course ownership: Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) (EMS is NZQA approved delivery site in Wellington for the programme)

Number of courses: 6 courses (including guaranteed internship placement

Length: 12 months

Academic entry requirement: bachelor graduate or equivalent work experience

English requirement: IELTS 6.0 or NZCEL L4-Academic

Fee: NZ$18,500 (including Microsoft Office365 license, 25% discount public transport fee) + insurance

Work rights: Eligible for up to weekly 20 hours part-time work and full-time work during scheduled vacations

Option 1:
Be eligible to obtain a two-year open work visa which allows you to build valuable work experience and seek sustainable employment opportunities in management positions in tourist offices, travel agencies, transport companies, resorts and hospitality industries in New Zealand.

Option 2:
Be able to continue to postgraduate studies in tourism management, or engage in interdisciplinary postgraduate studies utilising their expertise gained in GDTM.


  • Are looking for a qualification that will enhance your employment opportunities and career development in the tourist offices, travel agencies, transport companies, resorts and hospitality industries in New Zealand


Bachelor degree at least equivalent to New Zealand pass standard; and

English requirement:

  • IELTS 6.0 with no individual band lower than 5.5 / TOEFL iBT 60 (with a writing score of 18) / Pearson 52 or equivalent with no band less than 12; or
  • New Zealand Certificate of English Language (NZCEL) Level 4-Academic qualification

Students in the Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management will have improved knowledge and sound managerial skills relevant to management positions in the tourism, travel, hospitality and airlines industries. The programme is intended to provide the equivalent of a major in a subject other than that in which the student has majored for their first degree. For some students, it is a prelude to postgraduate study in Tourism Management; for others, it is a pathway to employment

Graduate Outcomes

  • Apply appropriate skills and knowledge from their first qualification to relevant contexts in the tourism industry.
  • Integrate relevant theory, experience and skills to implement best practice in specific areas of tourism operations and management.
  • Relate their experience in working in a tourism environment to the application of broader management principles.
  • Draw on the theories and tools of analysis they have learned to manage tourism organisations efficiently and enhance organisational performance. 
  • Take responsibilities for their own learning, conduct independent investigation, identity problems, and develop creative solutions which exhibit academic rigour. 
  • Communicate effectively with guests, prospective guests, co-workers, senior management, industry suppliers and other stakeholders.
  • Take responsibility for practicing ongoing personal development in the tourism industry.

One intake:

  • Principles of Tourism (Level 5)
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management (Level 6)
  • Hospitality and Tourism Strategic Management (Level 7)

Other intake:

  • Tourism Policy Planning and Development (Level 7)
  • Ecotourism Management (Level 7)

Last intake:

  • Tourism Internship (guaranteed 240 hours internship placement)

Total credits: 124 credits


  • 1 July 2019 (two weeks intake break)
  • 21 October 2019 (two weeks intake break and one month break over Christmas and New Year)


  • 9 March 2020 (two weeks intake break)
  • 29 July 2020 (two weeks intake break)
  • 19 October 2020 (two weeks intake break and one month break over Christmas and New Year)

Immigration New Zealand requires all students to hold valid visa to begin studying a course. EMS accepts up to three-week late arrivals and recommends:

  • off-shore applicants to submit visa application at least 8 weeks prior to the start date
  • on-shore applicants to submit visa application at least 5 weeks prior to the start date

1. EMS provides a guaranteed 240 hours internship placement which may lead to potential employment during your two-year open work visa (depending on performance). In addition, employment outside Auckland gain an additional 30 points for Skilled Migrants application.

2. If you study NZCEL (English) and the GDTM L7 programme, you may be eligible for $2,000 Degree Pathway Scholarship (conditions apply)

3. EMS offers academic excellence and a career-ready education in a caring environment where every student matters. EMS’ policy of delivering teaching in small-sized classes makes our commitment to stronger personalised support a reality and may increase pass rate and students’ well-being.

1. GDTM Level 7 to two-year open work visa

2. GDTM Level 7 to post-graduate study

Down the GDTM L7 Programme Flyer here