Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

Course information for - 2023 entry

Study mode
0.5 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$14000 Fee-paying

Start dates
ACU Online Term 2 - April, ACU Online Term 3 - July, ACU Online Term 4 - October


Gain enhanced professional recognition and marketability to advance your career. The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration gives you an overview of key business functions while also providing the foundation for a generalist management qualification in the Master of Business Administration.

During this course you will be introduced to important management disciplines such as finance, communications, marketing, and business organisation. And you will get the opportunity to apply your new knowledge to your organisation via assessments. All our units are embedded with the United Nations sustainable goals.

If you wish to advance your qualification further, the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration articulates into the graduate diploma or Master of Business Administration. It also provides a pathway to further postgraduate study if you have not completed a bachelor’s degree.


Our graduates can pursue careers as:

  • consultants
  • managers
  • CEOs
  • managing directors
  • directors
  • CMOs
  • CIOs
  • CFOs

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, a student must complete 40 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

ACU Online Term 2 and Term 4

BUSN612 Managing Market Environments

MGMT641 Organisational Dynamics and Behaviour

ACU Online Term 1 and Term 3

BUSN602 Money Management

BUSN609 Business Communication for the 21st Century

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Graduate Certificate - AQF Level 8

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  1. Equivalent of an Australian Bachelor’s degree in any discipline; or
  2. At least two years’ industry experience in a relevant role.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements for your chosen course.

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. Speak to your course consultant for more information or to discuss your eligibility.

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements for your chosen course.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

This course articulates into the Graduate Diploma or Master of Business Administration. It also provides a pathway to further postgraduate study.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$14000 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 20 credit points (normally 2 units) per term.

 A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per term;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The university reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, a scholarship and income support. Talk to your course consultant about your options.


You could be eligible for the Scholarship for ACU Online, ACU's Online Campus created to help ACU online students with the costs associated with studying. We also have university wide scholarships you may be eligible for. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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Deferment is available for one year. If you wish to defer, please speak to your course consultant.


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