Executive 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 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, 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.

Advance your career in Business

Managing Director of 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 3GD131
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;


A completed Adelaide Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

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: $47,500

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
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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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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 in 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 Diploma in Business Administration explores critical aspects of business activity, preparing students for executive level management. Students will integrate theory and practice, developing a wide range of technical literacy to inform evidence-based decision-making. The program will help to instil a globally aware and people-oriented mindset, aiding students in the assessment and development of their own leadership skills and capabilities.

The Executive Graduate Diploma in Business Administration is an AQF Level 8 program with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Academic Program Rules

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

To qualify for the Executive Graduate Diploma 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 24 units, comprising:

  •  Core courses to the value of 18 units
  •  Elective courses to the value of 6 units

Example Study Plan

Core courses

All of the following courses must be completed:

ACCTING 7100 Accounting for Managers 3 units
BUSANA 7004 Business Analytics for Managers 3 units
CORPFIN 7101 Managerial Finance  3 units
MANAGEMT 7086 Fundamentals of Leadership 3 units
MANAGEMT 7087 Managing Contemporary Organisations  3 units
MANAGEMT 7104 Marketing Management   3 units

Elective courses

Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:

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 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 7140 Contemporary Business Practice 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 

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: Tuesday, 5 Dec 2023