Graduate Diploma in Information Systems (Level 7)


The purpose of this program is to allow students who have already gained a degree level qualification, or similar, to embark on a change of career. The program allows the student to study the subject areas chosen and gain knowledge of Information Systems (IS) to enable them to enter the job market in these areas, or to strengthen their existing qualifications.

The role of IS professional is changing as the industry becomes more mature. These professionals need to have knowledge of areas which use IS, as well as the maturity to be able to marry the needs of the client to the use of technology and systems.

Course Detail

Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have already completed a 3 year degree or equivalent international qualification;
  • Applicants from industry who can demonstrate significant work and professional experience, sufficient to enter advanced courses for the Graduate Diploma, will be considered on a case by case basis. Approval for acceptance is at the discretion of the Program Leader; and
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language must achieve an IELTS score of no less than 6.0 (with no band lower than 5.5) or hold an equivalent score from a recognised alternative English Proficiency Test.

The English language tests in the Table below may be used to meet ICA’s English language requirements. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting and the results are valid for two years from the date on the test certificate.

Table 1: Minimum English entry requirements


Program Structure

A total of 120 credits are required to complete the Graduate Diploma in Information Systems, including at least 75 credits at level 7.


*Elective courses are available providing course/s are offered in that semester

Career Choices

The graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems program will have career openings:

  • Business systems analyst 
  • Business intelligence consultant
  • Programming Web developer 
  • Network engineer
  • Mobile applications developer 
  • Database administrator

Highlights of the Program

  • There are a number of elective courses available to choose depending on students’ areas of interest.
  • Credits completed here are transferable towards the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems degree program.
  • Highly qualified and trained staff with number of years of industry and research experience.
  • Staff have a strong research focus on Information Systems, Business Intelligence, Data Mining & Warehousing, Robotics and Network Security.
  • International College of Auckland (ICA), as a private training provider has capacity and capability to deal with and meet our students’ academic and non-academic needs on a one-on-one basis.
  • ICA’s close connection with industry ensures what you learn, is current and in-demand.
  • Students will have access to Learning resources such as a Library, E-Library, Computer Labs and Wi-Fi Connectivity. The E-library repository consists of databases such as Safari, EBL and ProQuest Central.
  • State of the art learning management system (MOODLE), which enhances students’ learning experience and the online accessibility of teaching resources.
  • Excellent internal and external quality assurance system in place that allows top level delivery of this program.
  • ICA has an excellent student support system including academic services, placement and general pastoral care services.