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Associate Degree of Business

Associate Degree of Business (ADBS)

Start

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Flexibility

  • On-campus
  • Distance

Campus

  • Fraser Coast
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

Duration

  • 2 years or part time equivalent

Units

  • 16 units

Approximate annual fees

  • Commonwealth supported
    AUD 10080
  • Domestic full fee paying
    AUD 16240

Associate Degree of Business (ADBS) - CRICOS: 076058J

Start

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Flexibility

  • On-campus
  • Distance

Campus

  • Fraser Coast
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

Duration

  • 2 years or part time equivalent

Units

  • 16 units

Approximate annual fees

  • Distance/Online
    AUD 15520
  • On-campus
    AUD 18400

Start your degree in Business

The Associate Degree of Business is the perfect way to start studying business at uni. The Associate Degree is a qualification in its own right, and you can stop there if you want to, but it is also a pathway to a Bachelor degree. This means that the 16 courses (subjects) that you study can count towards a Bachelor degree.

Core business knowledge

You will complete eight core business courses and then choose from an array of business courses which interest you including accounting, human resource management, marketing and international business.

It is best to have a chat to our Student Relationship Officers before finalising your decision on courses. If you are considering continuing onto a Bachelor degree, your choice of courses may have an impact later.

Further study

After completing the Associate Degree of Business, you can potentially go into a Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Commerce.

As a graduate you will have general business knowledge for a career in the public or private sector, and dependent on the courses you studied, career opportunities in the disciplines of human resources, marketing, administration, information technology, supply chain management, tourism, small business management, international business and commerce.

Entry requirements
  • Year 12 English (4 SA) or equivalent
English language requirements
  • IELTS: 6.0 (or better) (no component lower than 5.5)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 550 (or better) (with minimum test of written English score of 4.5) 
  • TOEFL (electronic): 213 (or better) (with essay rating of at least 4.5) 
  • TOEFL (internet based): 80 (or better) (with 19 minimum in all bands) 
  • Pearson (PTE Academic): 50 (or better) (with no communicative score lower than 50) 
  • Singapore, Hong Kong, British 'O' Level English: 'C' or better
OP/Rank

The 2013 OP/Rank for this program is: 17/63

How to apply
QTAC codes
  • Distance: 904025
  • Fraser Coast: 914021
  • Springfield: 924021
  • Toowoomba: 904021

Domestic students (Australian and New Zealand) apply to QTAC or can apply directly to USQ depending on your circumstance.

Note: Semester 3 courses are only available by distance education and on-campus at Springfield.

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ

  • Semester 3, 2014 - applications close Friday 14 November 2014
  • Semester 1, 2015 - applications close Thursday 26 February 2015
  • Semester 2, 2015 - applications close Thursday 16 July 2015
  • Semester 3, 2015 - applications close Thursday 12 November 2015.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience
You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.
Alternate pathways to university study
A number of other pathways are also available if you haven’t been able to study previously or don’t meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.

How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study in this program are:
Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Disclaimer

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2014 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. The rate is calculated on the basis of a full time year of study (8 units of study). Fees may vary as they are reviewed annually.


Please note: the courses listed below are a sample only and current students should consult the USQ Handbook for their recommended enrolment patterns.
Program structure
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
Business courses 8
Total 16
Core courses  Select eight courses from:
Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Commerce
Discipline area courses  Select eight courses from the majors and minors for the:
Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Commerce
 
International entry requirements
English language requirements
  • IELTS: 6.0 (or better) (no component lower than 5.5)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 550 (or better) (with minimum test of written English score of 4.5) 
  • TOEFL (electronic): 213 (or better) (with essay rating of at least 4.5) 
  • TOEFL (internet based): 80 (or better) (with 19 minimum in all bands) 
  • Pearson (PTE Academic): 50 (or better) (with no communicative score lower than 50) 
  • Singapore, Hong Kong, British 'O' Level English: 'C' or better
Pre-requisites

Year 12 Senior Certificate or equivalent from a recognised institution. Find your country's level of qualification and minimum entry requirements for this program.

International how to apply

CRICOS code: 076058J

Note: Semester 3 courses are only available by distance education and on-campus at Springfield.
Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1 - 2 March 2015
  • Semester 2 - 20 July 2015
  • Semester 3 - 16 November 2015
International credit for previous study or work experience
If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for credit to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.
International alternate pathways to university study
Pathway programs are also available if you don’t meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.

How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study in this program:
  • Distance/Online : AUD 15520
  • On-campus : AUD 18400
Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Disclaimer

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2014 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. The rate is calculated on the basis of a full time year of study (8 units of study). Fees may vary as they are reviewed annually.


Please note: the courses listed below are a sample only and current students should consult the USQ Handbook for their recommended enrolment patterns.
Program structure
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
Business courses 8
Total 16
Core courses  Select eight courses from:
Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Commerce
Discipline area courses  Select eight courses from the majors and minors for the:
Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Commerce