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Graduate Diploma of Business Administration

Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (GDBA)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
  • -
  • 4 teaching periods (8 months), or part-time equivalent
  • Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Oct
Note: See Apply section for detailed start dates for each teaching period.


  • Use the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration as a stepping-stone in developing your strategic leadership and management skills and start your study towards an MBA.
  • Become more than an operational manager and apply strategic knowledge to a range of real-life contexts through problem-based assessment scenarios.
  • Gain a competitive advantage by leveraging your leadership skills to create and execute organisational strategy. 
  • Learn how to communicate effectively and positively influence internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Expand your strategic thinking capabilities and become ready to transition into executive roles within your industry. 
  • Delivered online in accelerated 8-week teaching blocks, you can fit your study into your life, at your own pace. Choose to study two subjects at a time and finish this degree within eight months, or study part-time and finish within 16 months. 

Further study

Once you successfully complete this degree, and if you meet the entry requirements, you will be offered the option to articulate to the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Career outcomes

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

Entry requirements

  • 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' relevant professional work experience at management or supervisory level.

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

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning 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 8 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 6
Total 8

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for an example of courses to be studied.  

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 (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost

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

AUD 32000

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.


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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