Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

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Program summary

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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

Trimester 3 2019.
From Session 2, 2020 Sunshine Coast and Online intakes will be Session 2, Session 3, Session 5, Session 6, Session 7 and Session 1, 2021. SouthBank intakes will be Session 2, Session 3, Session 5 and Session 6.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Program structure

Elective courses (4) 48 units

Select 4 courses (48 units) from:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
ACC511 Managerial Finance
  • Semester 1
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
Co: BUS502
Anti: BUS704 or EMB763 or MBA713
ACC701 Accounting for Managers
Sunshine Coast: Session 5
South Bank: Session 5
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program or (enrolled in Program SC410 or SC411 and 280 units completed towards these Programs)
Anti: MBA705 and MBA717 or EMB755 and EMB767
BUS502 Principles of Economics for Accountants
  • Semester 1
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
BUS702 Economics for Managers
Sunshine Coast: Session 6
South Bank: Session 6
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program or (enrolled in Program SC410, SC411, SC425, SC404 or SC405) and 280 units completed towards either of these Programs)
Anti: MBA708 or EMB758
BUS703 Managing Research
Renmin: Session 5
Sunshine Coast: Session 5
South Bank: Session 5
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
Anti: MBA703 or EMB753
BUS704 Corporate Finance
Sunshine Coast: Session 6
South Bank: Session 6
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
Anti: MBA713 or EMB763 or ACC511
BUS705 Innovation Management
Renmin: Session 2
Sunshine Coast: Session 2, Session 7
South Bank: Session 2
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
Anti: MBA701 or EMB751
BUS708 International Trade and Finance
Sunshine Coast: Session 3
South Bank: Session 3
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
MGT701 Leading and Managing Organisations
Sunshine Coast: Session 3
South Bank: Session 3
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program or (enrolled in Program SC410, SC411, SC425, SC404 or SC405 and 280 units completed towards these Programs)
Anti: MBA707 or EMB757
MGT703 Strategic Management
Sunshine Coast: Session 2, Session 7
South Bank: Session 2, Session 7
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
Anti: MBA712 or EMB762
MKG701 Marketing Management
Sunshine Coast: Session 3
South Bank: Session 3
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
Anti: MBA702 and MBA726

*BUS502 and ACC511 are only available to Southbank students.

OR Select 4 postgraduate level (700 coded) elective courses (48 units) from the USC Business School.

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

* Please note that the program structure of the MBA and names of courses are subject to change.

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

Total units: 48
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.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form.
  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

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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