Adelaide Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

Want to become an industry leader? To make a real impact?

Our graduate certificate provides key business skills and a pathway into the University’s prestigious Adelaide Master of Business Administration (MBA). With the MBA program running for over 50 years, we have a broad and influential network of alumni in the local business community.

You’ll graduate with the skills, contacts and mental models needed to pursue leadership roles in your chosen business career.

What will you do?

We’ve designed the graduate certificate with maximum flexibility to suit the needs of working professionals. You can organise daytime, evening or weekend study hours and vary the number of courses you take per trimester. Through our rigorous program you will:

  • learn how to coordinate financial, physical, technological and human resources in pursuit of important objectives
  • take management courses in key business areas
  • build communication and decision-making skills
  • develop professional relationships and networks.

It can also lead into our grad dip and master in Business Administration.

Note: Intakes occur throughout the year, in January, May and September, with Summer School options in January.


  • ISO 9001 Certification
  • AACSB accredited
  • MBA rated second in Australia^

^QS World University Rankings, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

Intake January* (including summer school options), May and September
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed bachelor's degree from the University of Adelaide (or equivalent degree from another tertiary institution) and a minimum of two years relevant work experience. Applicants without a completed bachelor's degree must achieve a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of 500; and have at least seven years of relevant work experience. All applicants must adequately meet the attributes of leadership, communication, team skills, motivation and business skills. Applicants may demonstrate they meet the work experience and attributes via a CV, essay responses or an interview. The process for assessment will be identical to the Master of Business Administration.
How to Apply

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $22,000

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

Find a Scholarship.

Careers

Career Readiness

Students in this program are generally already employed full-time. They undertake this program in order to change careers or to improve and increase their understanding of business administration practices.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Professional Accreditation

Adelaide Business School is AACSB* accredited, and as such our programs have passed rigorous standards of quality. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and only the best schools in the world earn AACSB accreditation.

* Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Potential careers

Marketer / Marketing Manager, Business Development Manager, Business Manager, CEO, Product Manager, Project Manager, Team Leader, Innovation Manager

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

Example Study Plan

Indicative study plan
Core Courses You must complete all of the following 3-unit courses:

ACCTING 7100: Accounting for Managers
MANAGEMT 7086: Fundamentals of Leadership
MANAGEMT 7104: Marketing Management
Electives To satisfy the requirements for Electives, you must complete a course to the value of 3 units from other postgraduate courses offered by the University that are available to you.

Assessment

The assessment for courses is generally an individual assignment, a group assignment and an examination. In some courses there is an assessment component of class participation. Students must pass all pieces of assessment in order to pass a course.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021