Graduate Certificate in Business Administration - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

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.

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Online
Refer to the program footnotes
Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, Session 5, Session 6, Session 7
Program length (full-time)
6 months
Semester tuition fee 2021
Estimated total tuition fee *
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2021 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
  • Please note: Trimester 3 commencement is only available Online
Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast N/A
  • Online N/A
USC program code
Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, Session 5, Session 6, Session 7
6 months full time or part time equivalent
Study mode
Blended Learning, Online
Total courses
Total units
  • Please note: Trimester 3 commencement is only available Online

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

Sunshine Coast and Online intakes will be Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, Session 5, Session 6, Session 7.

Program structure

Elective courses (4) 48 units

Select 4 courses (48 units) from:

ACC511 Managerial Finance *
ACC701 Accounting for Managers
BUS502 Principles of Economics for Accountants *
BUS702 Economics for Managers
BUS703 Evidenced Based Decision Making
BUS704 Finance and Accounting for Managers
BUS705 Innovation Management and Professional Development
BUS708 International Trade and Finance
MGT701 Leading and Managing Organisations
MGT703 Strategy, Governance and Ethics
MKG701 Marketing in a Global Environment

*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.

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