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University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

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Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

  • Graduate Certificate

Expand your strategic thinking. Through industry representatives and experiential learning, you can use this business administration certificate to gain entry into Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Intake Months
Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Oct
Domestic Fees
$14,200 per year

About this course

  • Expand your strategic thinking. Through industry representatives and experiential learning, you can use this business administration certificate to gain entry into Master of Business Administration (MBA).
  • Add immediate value to your business by learning practical and innovative strategies to lead teams with a high-performing culture.
  • UniSQ's new fast-tracked degree allows you to study two subjects at a time throughout one eight-week teaching period. The intake for each teaching period is consecutive with all subjects focus on scenario-based learning.
  • Complete this graduate certificate within four months of full-time study (two subjects at a time). Choose to study one subject at a time and finish within 8 months.
Further study

Once you successfully complete this degree, you can go on to study the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

  • Completion of an Australian university 3-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, with a GPA of at least 4.0 out of 7.0, and a minimum of 3 years' full-time relevant professional work experience in business at management or supervisory level.
  • With no formal university qualification, you will require at least 5 years' relevant professional work experience at management or supervisory level which is equivalent of an Australian bachelor degree (AQF Level 7).

Applicants who have not completed a 3-year bachelor degree, but have a minimum of 5 years' professional work experience in business with at least 1 year's management or supervisory level experience, or equivalent, may apply for entry and be assessed on a case by case basis.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Career pathways

Career outcomes
  • Be ready to move into management or executive roles within your business.
  • Convert your thinking from operational to strategic and progress into executive roles in regional, national or international organisations.

Course structure

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 4 units. Most courses (similar to 'subjects') are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 2 units per teaching period.

Courses to be studied Units Core courses 2 Approved MBA courses 2 Total 4
Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment pattern.

How to apply

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.

Select to start your degree in one of the following intakes:

Intakes Application closing date
Study period s
tart date
Finish date
Block 1 Monday 23 January 2023 Monday 23 January 2023 Friday 3 March 2023
Block 2 Monday 20 March 2023 Monday 20 March 2023 Friday 28 April 2023
Block 3 Monday 15 May 2023 Monday 15 May 2023 Friday 23 June 2023
Block 4 Monday 10 July 2023 Monday 10 July 2023 Friday 18 August 2023
Block 5 Monday 4 September 2023 Monday 4 September 2023 Friday 13 October 2023
Block 6 Monday 30 October 2023 Monday 30 October 2023 Friday 8 December 2023

Further information

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