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Graduate Diploma of Business Administration

Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (GDBA)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
Campus
  • -
Duration
  • 4 teaching periods (8 months), or part-time equivalent
Start
  • Jan, Mar, May, Jun, Aug, Oct
Note: See Apply section for detailed start dates for each teaching period.

Overview

  • Use the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration as a stepping-stone in developing your strategic leadership and management skills and start your study towards an MBA.
  • Become more than an operational manager and apply strategic knowledge to a range of real-life contexts through problem-based assessment scenarios.
  • Gain a competitive advantage by leveraging your leadership skills to create and execute organisational strategy. 
  • Learn how to communicate effectively and positively influence internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Expand your strategic thinking capabilities and become ready to transition into executive roles within your industry. 
  • Delivered online in accelerated 8-week teaching blocks, you can fit your study into your life, at your own pace. Choose to study two subjects at a time and finish this degree within eight months, or study part-time and finish within 16 months. 

Further study

Once you successfully complete this degree, and if you meet the entry requirements, you will be offered the option to articulate to the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Career outcomes

  • Convert your thinking from operational to strategic and progress into executive roles in regional, national or international organisations.
  • Be ready to move up to management or director roles within your organisation.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

  • Completion of an Australian university Graduate Certificate (or other AQF level 8 qualification) with a GPA of at least 4.0 out of 7.0, and a minimum of 2 years' professional work experience in business, or equivalent;
    or
  • completion of an Australian university Graduate Certificate (or other AQF level 8 qualification), and a minimum of 2 years' professional work experience in business with at least one year's management or supervisory level experience, or equivalent.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree 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.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning 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.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 8 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 2 units per teaching period.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 2
Approved MBA courses 6
Total 8
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment pattern.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 29120

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2022. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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. Find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP

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

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

Teaching periods

Select to start your degree in any of the following teaching periods:

Teaching period Application closing date Start date Finish date
1 - January Wednesday 22 December 2021 Monday 10 January 2022 Friday 4 March 2022
2 - March Wednesday 23 February 2022 Monday 7 March 2022 Friday 29 April 2022
3 - May Wednesday 20 April 2022 Monday 2 May 2022 Friday 24 June 2022
4 - June Friday 10 June 2022 Monday 27 June 2022 Friday 19 August 2022
5 - August Wednesday 10 August 2022 Monday 22 August 2022 Friday 14 October 2022
6 - October Wednesday 5 October 2022 Monday 17 October 2022 Friday 9 December 2022

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at USQ that is relevant to you.

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