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Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 2 years part-time
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

A stepping stone

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics is useful if you want to upgrade your skills in statistics, or you do not have a statistics background and would like to join the industry.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

If you have a qualification in another area, but wish to learn more about statistics, or move to a full statistics degree, the Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics (GradDipApplStat) is a great stepping stone.

This qualification will give you an understanding and skills in the application of statistical methods, rather than an understanding of the underlying theory.

One year programme

This is a one year (full time) programme, or you may opt to study part-time over a longer period.

Science of evidence

Statistics is the science of evidence. It allows us to quantify risk and make effective decisions even when we are uncertain about the world around us. Is this new treatment effective against breast cancer? What advertisements should my website display in order to increase my revenue? How can I better interpret that weak distress signal coming from a vessel far out at sea?

Learn from the experts

Your lecturers in the graduate diploma are experts in their field, leading international statistical research.

Friendly environment, passionate scientists

There is a well-established community of fundamental scientists and students at Massey. We have large active student groups where we work together to share discoveries and research and provide peer support.

A multi-disciplinary environment

When you study statistics at Massey, you’ll benefit from the multi-disciplinary environment, and a world-leading science faculty with expertise in all the fundamental sciences.

There are no formal research requirements other than those required for assignments or individual courses. The aim of the graduate diploma is to encourage students to take advantage of ongoing and regularly updated learning packages throughout their life.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in an unrelated area
  • Have some mathematical ability
  • Would like to investigate statistics to move up the hierarchy of your career, or see if you would like to move into the industry
  • Would like a qualification without a research component
Michelle Bidwell
Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics
Analyst - Insight and Pricing in an electricity company

“The Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics enhanced my ability to analyse and provide advice more confidently to managers…”

I chose Massey as it offered extramural studies and meant I could fit studies around family and work. As analytics is becoming more and more prevalent in today's big data environment I needed to supplement my maths degree with some training in practical statistics. There was also a great range of papers offered within the diploma.

I learnt more about not only the theory, but applications that improve how I do my work. The project was a highlight - I enjoyed working on the real life analytics under the guidance of a lecturer.

Analytics is playing an increasing part in decision making across many different types of organisations, so I’m sure having statistics study helped me obtain my current job.

In my current role I establish pricing for customers, identify/predict the right product for right person at the right time in the right way. This involves looking at churn, customer life time value, tenure, segmentation, evaluate successfulness of special offers.

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics enhanced my ability to analyse and provide advice more confidently to managers. I know my work is more robust. I know what assumptions to check for and can look beyond the basic. I have a better understanding of the limitations of techniques etc.


This qualification, with further study, can help you move into a career in statistics. Or it can help assist you move up the hierarchy of your current career. ‘Big Data’ has opened up a huge range of career opportunities for those who are talented in working with figures. Statistics skills can be applied in almost any industry.

Some key industries include:

  • Business: economics, engineering, marketing, computer science, data mining, business analytics
  • Physical sciences: astronomy, chemistry, physics
  • Health and medicine: genetics, clinical trials, epidemiology, pharmacology
  • Government: census, law, national defence
  • Environment: agriculture, ecology, forestry, animal populations

The extra quantitative skills that you get from the statistics qualification can set you apart from other graduates when applying for jobs.

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