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University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

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Graduate Diploma of Business Administration

  • Graduate Diploma

Use the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration as a stepping-stone in developing your strategic leadership and management skills and start your study towards an MBA.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
Intake Months
Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Oct
Domestic Fees
$28,400 per year

About this course

  • Use the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration as a stepping-stone in developing your strategic leadership and management skills and start your study towards an MBA.
  • Become more than an operational manager and apply strategic knowledge to a range of real-life contexts through problem-based assessment scenarios.
  • Gain a competitive advantage by leveraging your leadership skills to create and execute organisational strategy.
  • Learn how to communicate effectively and positively influence internal and external stakeholders.
  • Expand your strategic thinking capabilities and become ready to transition into executive roles within your industry.
  • Delivered online in accelerated 8-week teaching blocks, you can fit your study into your life, at your own pace. Choose to study two subjects at a time and finish this degree within eight months, or study part-time and finish within 16 months.
Further study

Once you successfully complete this degree, and if you meet the entry requirements, you will be offered the option to articulate to the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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  • 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' relevant professional work experience at management or supervisory level.
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
  • Convert your thinking from operational to strategic and progress into executive roles in regional, national or international organisations.
  • Be ready to move up to management or director roles within your organisation.

Course structure

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 8 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 6 Total 8
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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