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Graduate Certificate of Business

Graduate Certificate of Business (GCBU)

Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
  • 0.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, May, Sep
Note: Depending on specialisation undertaken, this degree may not be able to be undertaken in full-time mode. Not all courses are available on-campus.


  • Whether you have studied business before, have relevant professional work experience without studying, or have studied an un-related area, UniSQ’s Graduate Certificate of Business can expand your career prospects with a postgraduate qualification.
  • The Graduate Certificate of Business is designed to help you advance in your workplace with a postgraduate qualification or be the first step on the road to a master’s degree.
  • Alternate entry means you don’t necessarily have to have completed an undergraduate bachelor degree. You may be able to enter the Graduate Certificate of Business based on relevant professional work experience.
  • The Graduate Certificate of Business can be a stepping stone if you want to go onto study degrees, such as the Master of Business and the Master of Information Systems.
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How do I decide on a Graduate Certificate in Business specialisation?

A great place to start is to think about what you enjoy and then align what you’re passionate about with a major. Identifying what you love naturally lends itself to your strengths which can make choosing a business certificate specialisation not only less stressful, but exciting. Visualise your goals, what you want to achieve and how you see your future career playing out.

The best thing about UniSQ is that we’re pretty flexible when it comes to changing your mind. If you commence your business graduate certificate and after a semester decide you want to change majors, that’s ok. Our iconnect team can chat through your options.

At UniSQ You can choose from several specialisations in the Graduate Certificate of Business including:

  • Business Foundations - The ideal entry point into business if you don’t have a bachelor qualification in the business area.
  • Finance - With both theoretical study and practical application, you will gain and in-depth understanding of Australian and global financial markets.
  • Information Management Systems - Develop and understand of the tools and technologies used to support processes, operations, intelligence and IT.
  • Leadership - Learn the skills needed to build mutually beneficial relationships, lead teams and implement organisational change.
  • Managing Cyber Risk - As a specialisation in demand across many industries you will gain the knowledge needed to build cyber resilience, gaining insights into cyber security frameworks and the processes for planning, responding and recovering from threats.
  • Organisational Project Management - Build on your current qualification by learning about projects, quality assessment, time management to risk, financial and procurement management.
  • People and Culture - This certificate of business provides a solid foundation to the concept of HR within contemporary business settings and opens the door to further study within HR and people management. 
Why study a Graduate Certificate in Business with UniSQ?

Get a strong start to your career in Business and Management. We are a leading university and will help bring out your best during your business certificate studies.

  • Experience world-class lecturers and small class sizes at a uni where the little things count as much as the big results we deliver.
  • UniSQ is rated five out of five stars for undergraduate graduates in full-time employment (Good Universities Guide, 2024).
  • Learn from lecturers with experience across a diverse range of business specialisations, and position yourself as an innovative, strategic and adaptable professional.
  • Benefit from engagement opportunities with industry leaders and organisations at the leading edge of contemporary business management and practice. 
What is the difference between a certificate and a bachelor's degree?

A graduate certificate is often the first step into postgraduate study. It’s a perfect way to get started in further study, add to your resume to gain the competitive edge in your workplace, or enjoy stretching your brain into something new. Most postgraduate certificate of business qualifications will take approximately half a year to complete. Because the amount of courses you’re required to study are less than a bachelor’s degree, the duration is significantly less.

A bachelor degree is an undergraduate qualification which is the most chosen option for first-time uni goers. To get an undergraduate degree, you typically need to complete around 120 credit hours of coursework which can take up three to four years to complete, depending on what you choose to study. 

What are my career prospects after completing a Graduate Certificate of Business?

All of our degrees focus on developing your ability to apply the skills and knowledge you’ve gained into a career of your choice. Graduating with a postgraduate business certificate from UniSQ opens up many career prospects. The jobs you may be interested in with vary depending on the specialisation you choose to study. Some career opportunities include roles such as a:

  • System analyst/administrator
  • Database manager
  • Software developer
  • Project manager
  • Sales manager
  • Business executive
  • Security consultant
  • Cyber security engineer/consultant.

Roles also exist in the areas of:

  • Financial services
  • Personal financial planning
  • Foreign exchange
  • Financial policy
  • Insurance
  • Market research
  • Banking. 
What are the entry requirements for a Graduate Certificate of Business?

The entry requirements to study a business certificate will vary depending on the education provider you choose.

To study a Graduate Certificate in Business at UniSQ, there are several ways you can meet the entry requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree, or equivalent. 
  • A minimum of three years’ professional work experience equivalent to a bachelor degree. 

For further information on the entry requirements of business graduate certificates at UniSQ, please view the entry requirements section of your chosen specialisation. 

Still have questions? Get in touch with one of our iconnect support staff to talk through your options. 

Can I study this graduate certificate online?

Yes! Most education providers allow you to study an online graduate certificate. 

At UniSQ You can study a business graduate certificate online with the same level of support and opportunity as those students studying on-campus.

Studying a graduate certificate online allows you to fit study into your life and access learning resources, forums, assessment information and study support from wherever you are.

So why study a business graduate certificate online at UniSQ?

  • We have 40+ years of experience delivering flexible study options via online learning.
  • You won’t be alone – over 75% of UniSQ students choose to study online.
  • Visit your online classroom anywhere, anytime, 24/7
  • We know what we’re doing! UniSQ’s fastest growing cohort is online. 
Are there any scholarships or financial aid options available for this degree?
We know that cost can play a big part in your decision to study. Learn about the fees and scholarships related to university and the financial support options we have available when you study your graduate certificate online or on-campus.