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Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

Place management roles firmly in your sights with this program. Meet the increasing demands of doing business in today’s world. This program is skills-focused, offering practical work experience to build your management knowledge and problem-solving capabilities.

In this program you will:

  • Explore current business issues and learn key functional areas of an organisation. Learn the theory but concentrate on how it is used practically in business
  • Choose what interests you most from courses in decision-making, economics, marketing, management, law, ethics or infomatics
  • Have the opportunity to later upgrade your study to the Master of Business Administration

Location

CRICOS code

067674D

Duration

Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2022 fees ($AUD)

A$12,348 Fee-paying
Fee-paying
A$13,700 Estimated total fee
Estimated total fee

Start

  • Session 1
  • Session 2
  • Session 3
  • Session 5
  • Session 6
  • Session 7
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  • Session 5
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  • Session 7
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  • Session 7

First intake Session 2, 2023 Only part-time study available Offshore International students enrolling in this program can only study it fully online. This program is not available to International students studying in Australia on a student visa.

Start
  • Session 1
  • Session 2
  • Session 3
  • Session 5
  • Session 6
  • Session 7
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  • Session 2
  • Session 3
  • Session 5
  • Session 6
  • Session 7
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  • Session 2
  • Session 3
  • Session 5
  • Session 6
  • Session 7
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
  • Online
Total courses
4
Total units
48
CRICOS code
067674D
UniSC program code
BU510
Program coordinator
Program structure
Required courses (2) 24 units 

BUS703 Evidenced Based Decision Making
BUS704 Finance and Accounting for Managers

Elective courses (2) 24 units

Select 2 courses from any 500 or 700 level courses from the School of Business and Creative Industries.

Electives can be used to study courses in the following interest areas:

Note: Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

To be considered for admission candidates would normally be required to:

  1. possess an undergraduate degree from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent *
  2. have at least two years relevant full-time equivalent work or other relevant experience; and
  3. candidates whose first language is other than English must demonstrate an appropriate level of English proficiency. Refer to the English language requirements

* Applicants who do not possess an undergraduate degree but have at least three years’ relevant full-time equivalent work or other relevant experience may be admitted to the qualifying Graduate Certificate in Business Administration. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will qualify the candidate for entry into the Master of Business Administration for completion of the remaining courses.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Additional entry information

Standard English language requirements apply.

Program requirements
Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 48 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Online study mode not available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Business and Management discipline - Inherent Academic Requirements

USC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

USC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at USC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a USC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Career opportunities

  • Business across a diverse range of industries
  • Management positions in government

Fee-paying estimate
A$12,348
Estimated total tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$13,700

Postgraduate coursework places

All postgraduate coursework programs are subject to tuition fees unless the postgraduate program is offered under Commonwealth support arrangements.

Eligible students (Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand Citizens who hold a Special Category Visa and meet the eligibility requirements) may seek assistance to defer payment via a FEE-HELP loan.

International student fee information is available on the Tuition fees and other costs page. For information on how higher degree by research student fees are calculated, including the Student Services and Amenities Fee, visit the Higher Degree by Research Student Fee Calculation Information page. Visit the HDR scholarships page for information on available scholarships.

Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.

Annual tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to USC.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at USC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

Visit How to apply for simple steps to submit your international student application and start your USC experience today.

Need help with submitting your application?

USC has appointed representatives to assist you with submitting your application and provide information about the steps you need to complete to begin your studies. You can contact a USC Representative in your area.

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