AIS to Launch Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management in 2015

Auckland Institute of Studies is pleased to announce that it has received NZQA approval to launch the AIS Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management programme.

The GDHM is a one-year, 120 credit level 7 programme, designed for graduates of a bachelor’s degree or similar qualification in a discipline other than hospitality management, who wish to gain the knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.

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Hamish Small, AIS Head of Hospitality Management Programmes

The hospitality industry is experiencing strong demand for skilled managers, both in New Zealand and worldwide. Hamish Small, Head of Hospitality Management at AIS highlights the excellent employment prospects for AIS GDHM graduates.

“By 2017, the New Zealand hospitality industry will require a large number of knowledgeable, skilled leaders to meet the ever-increasing demand that will be expected to assist this exciting field in its growth. The career opportunities could be endless, so by gaining such a qualification as the AIS GDHM, graduates can look forward to a very prosperous career. The support shown by industry itself in the development of this qualification has been very proactive, so here at AISwe look forward to meeting all stakeholder needs”.

The programme is targeted at two groups of potential students.

Firstly, domestic or international graduates from any other academic disciplines seeking to augment the skills and knowledge gained in their bachelor’s degrees, who wish to seek employment at trainee management level in the hospitality industry.

Secondly, professionals already working within the industry, seeking the validation of a formal qualification, permitting advancement towards management at higher levels and also postgraduate studies, if so desired.

Opportunities for GDHM graduates will be in rooms division, accommodation management, reservations and sales, marketing, HR, events management, front desk, food and beverage management, and customer service.

The programme contains six courses delivered over the period of one year, and includes a mixture of face-to-face classes, self-directed study, and importantly, supervised work experience. The final paper will be a three- month industry internship, supported by the AIS Industry Placement Supervisor, working in conjunction with AIS industry partners.

Strong support from industry partners will maximise graduate outcomes for GDHM students.

Read more about GDHM…

Job Opportunities

Management positions in NZ’s largest industry – hotels, resorts, restaurants, marketing and sales, events and convention centre managers, food and beverage management, rooms division management, customer service.


3 14-week semesters over one year, full-time

Start Dates 2015

2 February, 25 May, 14 September

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor degree at least equivalent to New Zealand pass standard; and
  • IELTS 6.0with no individual band lower than 5.5/ TOEFL iBT 60 and supported by a minimum writing score of 20/TEP 39 or equivalentwith no band less than 12
  • Candidates without a Bachelor degree but with an appropriate mix of a lesser qualification and work experience may be approved for special admission by the Academic Board