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Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

February, July
6 months full time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in any discipline; or 5 years business experience; or equivalent
Not applicable
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Our Graduate Certificate of Business Administration provides you with advanced knowledge, understanding and the analytical skills required for modern managing.

In this course disciplines of the following sectors are used to understand the key themes that confront all managers and organisations:

  • Economics;
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human resource management
  • Accounting
  • Business law
  • Information technology
  • Strategy and leadership
  • Statistics.

Learn how to successfully analyse, strategically plan and implement decisions with our Graduate Certificate of Business Administration.

This program is ideal for those seeking a shorter course in Business Administration or for those who wish to progress to a Master of Business Administration incrementally.

You'll benefit from professional programs which are internationally recognised with teaching staff who are leaders in their fields.

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.

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Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in any discipline, from this or another university; or a minimum of five (5) years business experience; or other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Business Law and Governance as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Additional completion requirements

Satisfactory completion of an appropriate Business Academic Skills Program; or demonstration of equivalent Business Academic Skills to the satisfaction of the Course Coordinator, Dean of Campus, or Dean of College of Business, Law and Governance.

The College offers a free Business Academic Skills program and will provide further information on request. Students interested in the direct demonstration of these skills must consult with the Course Coordinator regarding the requirements

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration, JCU graduates will be able to:

  • Critically analyse business-related knowledge and practice from both historical and recent perspectives

  • Consolidate the application of differing sustainable business performance methods

  • Synthesise sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems

  • Apply established concepts to provide solutions to complex business and professional practice problems

  • Critically analyse contemporary business issues using appropriate models and make reasoned recommendations

  • Apply creative and innovative thinking effectively to business practice

  • Present complex information appropriately to differing audiences using effective oral presentation skills, and clear and fluent written communication

  • Work effectively in achieving common goals, demonstrating both collaboration and leadership

  • Adapt sustainable business constructs and skills to theoretical or practical situations

  • Exercise independent ethical judgment in solving differing business problems creatively Demonstrate a capacity for personal reflection and self-development in relation to professional business learning and practice.

Course Structure


LB5202:03 Marketing Management

LB5205:03 People in Organisations

LB5212:03 Accounting and Finance for Managers

LB5236:03 International Political Economy or LB5228:03 The Changing Business Environment






Pending CPE



Expected time to complete

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

2 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However, if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 4 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 6 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Credit will not be granted for undergraduate studies or for work experience that is used to gain admission to the course.

Award Details

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Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students seeking to use the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration for entry to the Master of Business Administration must also successfully complete a Business Academic Skills Program.  This program is non-fee based, online, and can be completed concurrently with courses in the Graduate Certificate.

Annual Tuition Fee: $13,660 (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.