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Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (GCBA)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
  • -
  • 2 teaching periods (4 months), or part-time equivalent
  • Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Oct
Note: See Apply section for detailed start dates for each teaching period.


  • Expand your strategic thinking. Through industry representatives and experiential learning, you can use this business administration certificate to gain entry into Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Add immediate value to your business by learning practical and innovative strategies to lead teams with a high-performing culture. 
  • UniSQ’s new fast-tracked degree allows you to study two subjects at a time throughout one eight-week teaching period. The intake for each teaching period is consecutive with all subjects focus on scenario-based learning. 
  • Complete this graduate certificate within four months of full-time study (two subjects at a time). Choose to study one subject at a time and finish within 8 months. 

Further study

Once you successfully complete this degree, you can go on to study the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration.

Career outcomes

  • Be ready to move into management or executive roles within your business.
  • Convert your thinking from operational to strategic and progress into executive roles in regional, national or international organisations.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

  • Completion of an Australian university 3-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, with a GPA of at least 4.0 out of 7.0, and a minimum of 3 years' full-time relevant professional work experience in business at management or supervisory level.
  • With no formal university qualification, you will require at least 5 years' relevant professional work experience at management or supervisory level which is equivalent of an Australian bachelor degree (AQF Level 7).

Applicants who have not completed a 3-year bachelor degree, but have a minimum of 5 years' professional work experience in business with at least 1 year's management or supervisory level experience, or equivalent, may apply for entry and be assessed on a case by case basis.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 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.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 4 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 2 units per teaching period. 

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 2
Approved MBA courses 
Total 4

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for 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 study (4 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

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

AUD 14680

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. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for 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

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.


Select to start your degree in one of the following intakes:

Intakes Application closing date Study period start date End date
Block 1 Monday 15 January 2024 Monday 22 January 2024 Friday 8 March 2024
Block 2 Monday 11 March 2024 Monday 18 March 2024 Friday 3 May 2024
Block 3 Monday 6 May 2024 Monday 13 May 2024 Friday 28 June 2024
Block 4 Monday 1 July 2024 Monday 8 July 2024 Friday 23 August 2024
Block 5 Monday 26 August 2024 Monday 2 September 2024 Friday 18 October 2024
Block 6 Monday 21 October 2024 Monday 28 October 2024 Friday 13 December 2024

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Block 1, 2025 Monday 13 January Monday 13 January Monday 20 January Friday 7 March
Block 2, 2025 Monday 10 March Monday 10 March Monday 17 March Friday 2 May 
Block 3, 2025 Monday 5 May Monday 5 May Monday 12 May Friday 27 June
Block 4, 2025 Monday 30 June  Monday 30 June  Monday 7 July Friday 22 August
Block 5, 2025 Monday 25 August Monday 25 August Monday 1 September Friday 17 October
Block 6, 2025 Monday 20 October Monday 20 October Monday 27 October Friday 12 December

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Why study a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration?

There are many reasons why you should get started in a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration:

  • Increase your pay packet – when you add postgraduate study to your resume, you are likely to add some numbers to your salary.
  • Transferrable skills – expand your knowledge, improve your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, develop independent thought, and learn to work in a team.
  • A pathway to further study – continue to enhance your business administration knowledge and use your Graduate Certificate in Business Administration as a stepping-stone to the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration or Master of Business Administration.

If you’ve been contemplating a career change, want to give yourself the competitive edge in your current role, or just simply want to learn new things, today is the day to get started with Business Administration at UniSQ.

What is involved in a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration?

What you will learn during your Graduate Certificate in Business Administration studies will vary depending on the education provider you study with.

At UniSQ our Grad Cert in Business Administration is apart of our Business and Management study area and includes courses in leadership identity and strategic decision making. You also get to choose two MBA courses to study which may include courses such as business data, culture, organisational policy, system design, communication and leadership in crisis.

For further information what your Graduate Certificate of Business Administration studies will look like at UniSQ, take a look at the degree structure information on this page.

How long will it take?

A postgraduate Grad Cert in Business Administration at UniSQ will take you approximately four months to complete. Some students choose to study part-time which increases the time it takes to complete the required courses.

Discover more about the different ways you can study at UniSQ.

Can I study online?
Yes you can! UniSQ’s Graduate Certificate in Business Administration online allows you to fit study into your life – from anywhere around the world. As an online student, you’ll receive the same level of support as an on-campus student. The only difference is you’re in control of when, where and how you learn.
What are the requirements for entry?

To study a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration at UniSQ, you need to have completed a 3-year bachelor degree and:

  • meet a GPA standard
  • have a minimum of 1.5 years professional work experience.

If you have not completed a 3-year bachelor degree you may be able to gain entry to the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration if you have a minimum of 5 years of professional work experience, with at least 1 year's management or supervisory level experience.

For further information on GPA and work experience, please view the entry requirements section of this page.

Why study a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration with UniSQ?

Gain a strong start to your career in business and apply to study a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration:

  • Learn from leaders in the field – gain expert knowledge delivered to position you as an innovative, strategic and adaptable professional.
  • Connect and engage with industry leaders and learn contemporary business management practice.
  • Fast-track your Graduate Certificate in Business Administration by studying two subjects at a time throughout one eight-week teaching period. This means you’ll become qualified, faster.