Executive 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 Executive 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, contracts 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. 

Advance your career in Business

Managing Director Yanun Project Services, David says studying the MBA with the Adelaide Business School gave him the confidence to start his own business and pursue his passions in creating pathways for First Nations people.

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

Entry Requirements

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Look out for any prerequisites or assumed knowledge subjects. Some degrees also have additional entry requirements like interviews and auditions.

Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC122
Deferment Yes - 2 year

January, 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;

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

Please upload a copy of your CV with your application. Additionally, if you have had previous contact with the EMBA Director through one of the MBA Coffee catch up sessions or EMBA Information Sessions, please indicate this in your CV.

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $23,750

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

This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
Check your eligibility today at Study Assist


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 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 of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Potential careers

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

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

Degree Structure

The Executive Graduate Certificate in Business Administration explores critical aspects of business activity, preparing students for executive level decision-making. The program will aid students in the assessment and development of their own leadership skills and capabilities.

The Executive Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is an AQF Level 8 program with a standard full-time duration of 0.5 year.

Academic Program Rules

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

To qualify for the Executive Graduate Certificate in Business Administration the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 12 units, comprising:

  • Core courses to the value of 9 units
  • Elective courses to the value of 3 units

Example Study Plan

Core courses
All of the following must be completed:

ACCTING 7100 Accounting for Managers
MANAGEMT 7086 Fundamentals of Leadership
MANAGEMT 7104 Marketing Management 

Elective courses
Courses to the value of 6 units from the following: 

CORPFIN 7101       Managerial Finance (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7000    Innovation and Entrepreneurship  (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7012    Business Performance Improvement   (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7022    Business Law  (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7031    Services and Operations Management   (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7040    Project Management     (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7044    Strategic Management      (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7046    Negotiation Skills     (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7047    Judgement Based Decision Making     (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7053    Organisation Innovation     (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7072    Management Project (Research)     (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7081    Managing in Global Context     (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7087    Managing Contemporary Organisations     (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7112    Marketing Strategy     (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7115    Systems Thinking for Management     (3 units)
MANAGEMT 7225    Business Project (Consulting)     (3 units)

Note: Not all courses are available every year or teaching period

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Last updated: Tuesday, 12 Mar 2024