Adelaide Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

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

Our graduate diploma 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 diploma 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 finance, economics, accounting and marketing
  • build advanced communication and decision-making skills
  • explore leading theories in action research
  • develop professional relationships and networks.

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

  • Flexible learning options
  • Strong links to industry leaders
  • AACSB accredited

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD116
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake January* (including summer school options), May and September
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A minimum of five years' relevant work experience is required for applicants with a completed AQF Bachelor's degree (minimum GPA 5.0);
A minimum of seven years' related work experience and a satisfactory GMAT score (550) is required for applications without a completed Bachelor's degree;
Completed Graduate Certificate in Business Administration;

Interview with MBA Director where the applicant must demonstrate Leadership, Communication, Team Skills, Motivation, Business Skills.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2022
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students N/A N/A
    All students 1 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $45,000

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.


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

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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

Example Study Plan

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

ACCTING 7100: Accounting for Managers
CORPFIN 7101: Managerial Finance
ECON 7239: Economics for Management
MANAGEMT 7086: Fundamentals of Leadership
MANAGEMT 7087: Managing Contemporary Organisations
MANAGEMT 7104: Marketing Management
Electives To satisfy the requirements for Electives, you must complete courses to the value of 6 units from other postgraduate courses offered by the University that are available to you.


Assessment of courses usually comprises an individual assignment, a group assignment and an examination.  Some courses also have student participation in the classroom as an assessable component.  Students must pass all components of assessment in order to pass a course.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Thursday, 4 May 2023