Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

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Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

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Program summary

Fast track your career ambitions.

You can put management roles firmly in your sights with this program. It’s designed to expand your skills set to 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.

You will explore current business issues and learn the key functional areas of an organisation. The program covers loads of theory but concentrates on how that is used practically in a business. USC adds value to the program by giving you opportunities to network with business leaders and to experience the real challenges they face and how they manage them.

Choose what interests you most from courses in decision-making, economics, marketing, management, law, ethics or infomatics. You can opt to study for the Graduate Certificate online. It is a 4 course program which enables you to upgrade your study to the Master of Business Administration later on.

Admission requirements

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.

Career opportunities

Apply for management positions in government, business and across a diverse range of industries.

Intakes - when to apply

There will be three intakes a year: Semester 1, Semester 2 and Trimester 3.

Application and admission advice

Contact Student Central

information@usc.edu.au
+61 7 5430 2890
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What will I study

Program requirements and notes
  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 4 courses from the list below.
  • Specialisation areas are available as a part-time study option only.
  • 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.

For students who commenced study in this program prior to Study Period 1, 2015:

  • Find the Student Handbook for the semester in which you commenced.
  • Select the program in which you are enrolled.
  • Scroll down to your relevant Program Structure.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
  2. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Open enrolment dates

Enrolments for Session 4, 2016 open on 18 April 2016.

Enrolments for Study Period 2, 2016 (Semester 2, Trimester 2, Sessions 5, 6 and 7) open on 30 May 2016.

Enrolments for Trimester 3, 2016 open on 5 September 2016.

New students

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your classes.

International students should skip directly to Step 2: Enrol in your classes for enrolment steps.

Please note: USC will complete the enrolment for:

  • Headstart students
  • Honours students (excluding Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) students)
  • Cross-institutional and visiting students  
  • Higher Degree by Research students

Continuing students

Information on how to enrol is contained in tutorial videos in the USC Central Guide.

Your study load can be varied between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in a study period. Your Study Plan in USC Central will guide you.

Use the Study Planner (PDF 283KB) * to plan your degree. Make sure you have your courses covered by following the Planning your study instructions and the Timetable Planner to plan your class times for the upcoming semester / trimester / session.

Refer to the timetable for class information and the Academic Calendar for key semester / trimester / session dates.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the classes you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, details of the course requirements can be found in My Courses in BlackBoard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.

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