Kickstart your career in Business Administration. The Graduate Certificate of Business Administration is a four-month course that is flexible and an ideal pathway to extended Business Administration courses such as the Master of Business Administration.
JCU’s Business Administration degrees are designed to equip you to conduct business in an effective, efficient and sustainable manner. The Graduate Certificate of Business Administration offers four core subjects: management of people, accounting, international business and marketing. These four areas will give you a knowledge base of the main pillars of business administration and provide you with options for you to specialise in during further study.
As you study these four areas of business administration, you will learn how to critically analyse business-related knowledge and practice from both historical and contemporary perspectives. You will gain a key understanding of sustainable business practices and performance methods and you will be able to apply both established concepts and innovative strategies to provide solutions to complex business and professional practice problems. You will have skills in financial management and accounting, navigating human relations and interpersonal management, marketing, investment evaluation and techniques, and directing international business influenced by political economies.
As a business administration graduate, you will be eligible for positions in management, consultancy, leadership and innovation, and in business and enterprise. The skills you will develop are applicable to many industries and fields of work. You can also choose to continue your professional development through pursuing further study in this field, such as with a Master of Business Administration.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment,and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration.
JCU Business Administration graduates are diversely skilled and are employed in a wide range of industries.
Graduates pursue careers in economics, finance, human resource management, marketing, accounting, business law, and information technology.
You could work as a human resource manager, public relations specialist, financial officer, or market research analyst. This course is a pathway to study the Master of Business Administration.
Information valid for students commencing in 2024
Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)
Business, Law and Governance
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
12 credit points
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:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Graduate Certificate of Business Administration.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
LB5202:03 Marketing Essentials
LB5205:03 People in Organisations
LB5212:03 Accounting and Finance for Managers
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Internal or mixed-mode attendance
*Students will be advised of face-to-face dates by JCU Brisbane Campus.
Expected time to complete
8 months (2 trimesters) part-time only (JCU Townsville and JCU Brisbane)
4 months (1 trimester) full-time or part-time equivalent at JCU Singapore
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
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
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.
Credit will not be granted for undergraduate studies or for work experience that is used to gain admission to the course.
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Students who complete the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration are eligible for entry to the Master of Business Administration.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Weiqing (Jacky) Ni
Master of Business Administration
Postgraduate studies in Business Administration is a wide-ranging and professional course, and the knowledge and skills gained can be applied to diverse global businesses. The most important part is the focus on critical thinking, which has given me the tools to keep learning throughout my whole career.
Associate Professor Josephine Pryce
Master of Business Administration
Studying Business Administration is an important step for managers aspiring to advance their careers in a competitive labour market or to promote their own businesses. It allows for development of management skills across areas, such as people, marketing, financials, operations, innovation, entrepreneurship, and change