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Summary
Graduate Certificate of Business Specialisation General (GCBU)

Study Mode
  • Online
  • On-campus

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

Number of Units
  • 4 units

Duration
  • 0.5 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

Semester 3 intake is only available via online study.
View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Build your business knowledge to suit your own goals

USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Business (General) allows you to select any four postgraduate Business and Commerce courses to personalise your degree to meet your professional and career goals. You can choose exciting courses ranging from enterprise leadership to digital transformation allowing you the freedom to study an area of interest rather than a set specialisation. (The specialisation name of General will not appear on your testamur)

Further study

After completing the Graduate Certificate of Business (General), you have the option to take the credit from your studies and go on to complete the Graduate Diploma of Business, Master of Business Administration (General) or Master of Business and Innovation (General).
 
The Graduate Certificate of Business (General) is perfect for you to up-skill, re-skill and side-skill within a profession or industry.

You can choose any four courses from the Master of Business Administration, Master of Business and Innovation, Master of Information Systems, Master of Professional Accounting and Master of Project Management.

To discuss which courses to study within the General specialisation, please contact USQ. All course pre-requisites must be met, and all courses chosen are subject to the approval of the Program Coordinator.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
Total 4
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (4 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 11200

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. 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.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree in any area, or equivalent.
    or
  • A minimum of five years’ professional work experience, or equivalent. 

Supporting evidence for admission through work experience only

Evidence of work experience is required to demonstrate equivalence to a Bachelor Degree at AQF level 7 through:

  • A curriculum vitae or professional LinkedIn profile which provides details of:
  • Names, position titles and contact details of referees (employers or supervisors) who will be able to verify the nature of your work for the period of 5 years. Referees may be contacted by USQ and should be able to provide details on, but not limited to: communication skills, self-directed work and learning, managing people or client accounts, managerial responsibilities for any major projects and/or financial delegation accountabilities.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

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 to apply

To apply for this degree:

Note: Semester 3 intake is only available via online study.

Mode Codes
Online GCBU03
Springfield GCBU04
Toowoomba GCBU01

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2018 - applications close Friday 23 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 19 November 2018.
  • Semester 1, 2019 - applications close Monday 18 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 25 February 2019.
  • Semester 2, 2019 - applications close Monday 1 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 15 July 2019.

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.