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Associate Degree of Business

Associate Degree of Business (ADBZ)

Entry requirements
ATAR 61.15
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, May, Sep


  • The Associate Degree of Business is the perfect way to start your degree in business at university. An associate degree is a qualification in its own right, but it is also a pathway to a bachelor degree. This means that the 16 courses that you study can count towards a bachelor degree.
  • In addition to the core courses, you can select between minors in Accounting, Economics, Emergent Leadership, Human Resource Management, Information Systems Management, or Marketing to suit your career goals.
  • It is best to have a chat with us before finalising your decision on courses. If you are considering moving into a bachelor degree on completion of your Associate Degree, your choice of courses may have an impact later.

Further study

After completing the Associate Degree of Business, you can apply to study a Bachelor of Business.

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate you will have general business knowledge suitable for a career in the public or private sector, and dependent on the courses you studied, career opportunities in the disciplines of human resources, marketing, administration, eCommerce, small business management, finance and banking, politics and international relations, communications and media.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. 61.15 68.00

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C), and
  • General Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

If you have successfully completed MGT1101 Human Capabilities for Business available via UniSQ's Head Start program you are eligible to receive 5 rank adjustment points to your ATAR when applying for the Associate Degree of Business.

UniSQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average Ranks for this degrees' student cohort from the previous year.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 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.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 16 units.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 7
2 x 4-unit minors plus 1 elective 
1 x 4-unit minor plus 5 electives
Total 16

Unique first-year experience

The core courses in the Associate Degree of Business offer opportunities for early connection with peers and industry partners. These connections create a sense of community that helps build academic success and drive careers forward.

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for an example of courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 16323
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 24800

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with UniSQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to UniSQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
Online 904135
Springfield 924131
Toowoomba 904131

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check our application closing dates.

Apply directly to UniSQ

You may be able to apply directly to UniSQ if you:

  • are a current or previous UniSQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1, 2 or 3.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 22 January Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
Trimester 2, 2024 Monday 20 May Monday 6 May Monday 13 May  Friday 16 August
Trimester 3, 2024 Monday 2 September Monday 26 August Monday 2 September Friday 6 December 

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2025  Monday 10 February Monday 3 February  Monday 10 February  Friday 9 May
Trimester 2, 2025 Monday 26 May Monday 19 May Monday 26 May  Friday 22 August
Trimester 3, 2025 Monday 8 September Monday 1 September Monday 8 September Friday 5 December 

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at UniSQ that is relevant to you.

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What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements for an Associate Degree in Business will vary between universities.

At UniSQ you need to meet a minimum ATAR, subject pre-requisites and assumed knowledge. ‘Assumed knowledge’ is the term we use to explain the minimum level of knowledge we presume you have in some subject areas before you start your degree.

For further information on ATAR, pre-requisites and assumed knowledge, please view the entry requirements section this page. And remember, we’re here to help – if you have any questions please get in touch with our friendly team.

How long does an Associate Degree of Business take to complete?
Associates Degree in Business typically takes about one to two years to complete, depending on where you study. At UniSQ this is a two-year degree when studied full-time.
What can I do with a business associate degree?
With a qualification like this there are so many possibilities! You could work in human resources, marketing, admin, ecommerce, finance, politics... the list goes on. Alternatively, after finishing your business associate degree you could complete further study – for example you might enter a Business and Management degree.   
Can I study an Associates Degree in Business course part-time?
This will once again depend on where you choose to study your Associate Degree in Business (or equivalent), but at UniSQ you can study our Associate Degree of Business part-time. Discover the different ways you can study at UniSQ.
Why study an Associate Degree of Business with UniSQ?
UniSQ’s Associate Degree of Business is the perfect start to your career in business. Gain a better understanding of what you want to specialise in during your two years’ of study and feel confident entering the workforce or further study. If you go on to study an undergraduate bachelor degree, the subjects you’ve already completed through your associate degree will likely count towards this qualification – reducing the amount of time it takes to complete.