Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

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Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

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Get yourself ready to run the show.

You can step up your business management expertise and open the door to even higher educational potential down the track with this program. The Graduate Diploma aims to broaden your management skills and take your career to a senior level. Focus on detailed practical skill development in real business settings to deepen your problem solving and decision-making capabilities.

The theoretical components of the program will be applied through working with local business people. This also provides beneficial networking and possible employment opportunities. Specialise in a management area of your choice such as decision-making, economics, marketing, management, law, ethics or informatics.

It’s 8 courses and effectively means you have completed almost three-quarters of a Master in Business Administration (MBA). Choose to upgrade your qualification later on by completing an additional 4 courses to earn an MBA - the international standard for graduate business qualifications.

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
Career opportunities

Apply for senior management roles in government and across a diverse range of businesses and 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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Contact Student Central

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+61 7 5430 2890
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What will I study

Program structure

Required courses (4) 48 units 

Select 4 courses 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 7
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.

Elective courses (4) 48 units

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

These 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: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 96
Program requirements 

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 96 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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