Start date
January
April
June
September

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DCMA

Fees
2021: AUD$ 40,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
024119J

Degree overview

  • Use this qualification as a pathway into UniSA's award-winning Master of Business Administration if you have management experience but do not hold an undergraduate qualification.
  • Learn current business issues, trends and challenges with a focus on experienced-based and interactive learning.
  • Choose to study in areas such as managerial finance, international business, ethics, marketing, leadership and change management, and more.
  • UniSA Business is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2020.
  • Work on real-life business cases, and learn from visiting business leaders and guest lecturers.
  • Gain valuable industry insights and mentorship from an experienced senior business leader through the Executive Partners Program.
  • Study a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Business and Management2.
  • Ranked in the Top 10 in Australia for Business Administration3.

1UniSA Business is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 189 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2020.  22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  3Ranked #7, 2020 ARWU World University Subject Rankings. 

Snapshot

Catherine Macleod.jpgWith a focus on experienced-based learning and current business trends, the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will help you take the next step in your career.

As part of your studies, you will develop business administration skills and knowledge by studying areas such as managerial finance, international business, ethics, marketing, and leadership and change management. You will learn ways to think strategically and critically, and to work collaboratively.

This postgraduate degree is offered as part of a nested suite in Business Administration where each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to the next level qualification. If you finish this graduate certificate and want to do further study, you can use this degree as a pathway and gain credit for successfully completed courses into the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration or Master of Business Administration.

What you'll learn

BUS01.pngYou will study a foundation course in strategic thinking, then select three courses from a diverse range of business areas including electives. You will develop business administration skills and knowledge by studying managerial finance, international business, ethics, marketing, leadership and change management, and more. 

All courses have an applied focus. They draw on real-life business case studies, and you are encouraged to use industry and workplace based issues for assessment tasks. Courses also feature visiting industry leaders who will lead discussions around contemporary business problems.

This qualification will teach you to think strategically and critically, and to work collaboratively.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
COURSES and SEQUENCING:
FIRST:
Strategic Thinking: Concepts and Tools BUSS 5424 4.5
THEN - in any order, any 3 of the following courses:
Accounting for Decision Making BUSS 5247 4.5
Managerial Finance BUSS 5249 4.5
Managing People and Organisations BUSS 5425 4.5
International Business BUSS 5251 4.5
Strategic Marketing BUSS 5245 4.5
Ethics, Governance and Sustainability BUSS 5385 4.5
Leadership for Growth BUSS 5438 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

ICC_021115_003.jpgYour studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • case studies and reports
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • an industry-relevant project
  • an oral or online presentation
  • a journal or a portfolio

Research

UniSA Business is recognised and respected for a comprehensive research program inspired by the contemporary challenges facing Australia and its region.

Our focus is always on finding practical solutions and creating new knowledge. Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented. We work closely with industry to generate high quality research that informs our teaching curriculum and tackles real-world problems. We are renowned for our concentration of global thought-leaders and academic experts in the areas of marketing, human resource management, applied economics, tourism and international business.

The MBA curriculum is informed by our research expertise. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, all of our assessed research was rated at or above world-class. We have particular strengths in management and marketing, and we are one of only three business schools globally with an academic focus on SME business growth. Read more about our strengths in research.

Timetable

This degree is offered across four study periods each year.

2021 teaching dates:

  • Study Period 1 (Term 1)    11 January - 19 March
  • Study Period 3 (Term 2)    5 April - 11 June 
  • Study Period 4 (Term 3)    28 June - 3 September
  • Study Period 6 (Term 4)    20 September - 26 November

2022 teaching dates:

  • Study Period 1 (Term 1)    10 January - 18 March
  • Study Period 3 (Term 2)    4 April - 10 June 
  • Study Period 4 (Term 3)    27 June - 2 September
  • Study Period 6 (Term 4)    19 September - 25 November

Why Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

SNoonan_UniSA BusHub_231017_004.jpgThis graduate certificate has a strong focus on real-world application. You will work with real business case studies and learn from visiting business leaders and guest lecturers.

UniSA is renowned nationally and internationally for excellence in business education. We develop our degrees in partnership with industry and connect with top professional bodies.

UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business education and research at a global level. These dual accreditations demonstrate the high standards we hold across all areas such as teaching, student learning and research, as well as our commitment to continually improving the quality of our programs.

Real-world connections

Executive Partners Program

The Executive Partners Program is a unique mentoring opportunity where you will be paired with a senior executive (CEO or Senior Manager) with proven leadership, managerial expertise and vast business networks. Our Executive Partners have worked for companies such as Alcoa, BP, Commonwealth Bank, CSR, ExxonMobil, Mitsubishi and SA Health. Every year, two students are also invited to participate in an intensive three-week international student exchange with the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg in the US.

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Industry facts

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Employment as a business administration manager in Australia is projected to increase by 19,100 (or 12.1 per cent) by May 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019.

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By 2024, employment for information and organisation professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 18.3 per cent.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Global opportunities

International short-term and full semester exchanges, as well as intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences. The University of South Australia has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia and the Americas – there are over 25 countries and 60 universities to choose from.

Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, and gain a global perspective.

Study tours
The Business in China Intensive School is a two-week study tour and project, offered in partnership with Peking University – a leading international business school.

The European Summer School of Advanced Management is a two-week study tour that gives 100 of the world’s outstanding MBA students an intensive international business experience. It has previously been hosted in London, Glasgow and Copenhagen.

There are also a range of international study grants available, making study abroad much more accessible.

Student services

Business_Hub_images-11 copy.jpgOur dedicated MBA team is available to support you throughout your studies. The team can provide expert advice on study options, elective choices, career services and more, and can help with referrals to other support services across the University.

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more. Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform.

We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, swimming pools, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Living in Adelaide

Ranked as the 5th most liveable city in the world for the last five years, Adelaide is the perfect place to live and study. As one of the world’s most liveable and affordable cities, you will have more to spend on food, accommodation and entertainment. International students also get the same public transport discounts as local students, saving you hundreds of dollars a year.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Interactive learning environment

As part of your studies, you'll have access to online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle.

You'll be able to:

  • access online videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our online facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to suit your lifestyle. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note, all student visa holders are required to meet their visa condition to study no more than one-third of their program in an online mode and maintain enrolment in at least one internal (face-to-face) course per compulsory study period, unless it is their final course and not available internally. If you are currently residing in Adelaide, on-campus attendance (such as seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements would apply, as outlined on individual course pages. If you are currently overseas, online study may be available following your individual study plan.

Your campus

This degree is based at UniSA's City West Campus.

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Your program director

I am a true believer that we all possess leadership skills innately and programs such as the Master of Business Administration are critical in bringing those skills to the fore and enhancing them. Partnering industry and academia ensures we are not only developing the skills of today but also the leadership skills required for the future.

Mr Peter Stevens

Program Director

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