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Graduate Certificate in Business Administration online


8 months part-time



Start date

10th January

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  1. ​​​​Ready for more impact, greater influence and new ideas to propel your career forward? Apply now and complete the four 6-week courses in leadership, marketing, entrepreneurship and finance to set your next career phase in motion.
  2. Graduate from Australia’s #1 university for entrepreneurship education. Download the brochure to learn more about the program curriculum.
  3. 5 years of relevant work experience is all you need to start your MBA journey. Check out our business administration entry requirements, fees and MBA pathway details below.

No degree? No problem.

Need an MBA but don’t have an undergraduate degree? Start with our GCBA and continue onto our MBA when you’re ready.  


100% online, part-time learning 

Collaborate through interactive sessions and video seminars. Work, study and play whenever suits you.  


Free career coaching  

Access free career coaching to refine your LinkedIn profile, personal brand and persuasiveness in a job interview.


FEE-HELP available 

Enrol today and you can get a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees (subject to eligibility).


University first-timers welcome 

Access free academic support services including live 1:1 writing, maths, and referencing tutoring. 


International reputation 

Get noticed with a formal qualification from a Go8 university in the top 1% globally.

Accreditations and memberships

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

We are in the top 5% of business schools attributed with AACSB accreditation. AACSB is the largest and most recognised specialised accreditation worldwide.  

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

We are a proud member of the EFMD global network association, which includes over 900 institutional members and reaches more than 30,000 management development professionals from academia, business, public service and consultancy. 

Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU)

Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU)

We are the only university in the world to receive ACEEU dual accreditation for being ‘Entrepreneurial’ and ‘Engaged’. The University of Adelaide was ranked the number 1 Australian University for entrepreneurship education and engagement.  

Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) advanced membership

Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) advanced membership

Adelaide Business School is a proud Advanced Signatory to the PRME; a United Nations initiative aimed to serve as a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world and to equip today's business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow. 

Flexible online learning

Studying business administration courses online gives you the freedom to learn on your terms: no in-person exams and the freedom to complete your coursework around your schedule.   

How long is each subject? Upskill faster by completing one course every six weeks.   

What will I be doing during my online business course? Experience inspiring webinars, online tutorials, real-world case studies, group discussions, collaborative tasks, personal reflections, and guided research. 

What will my assignments be? All assessments and coursework are 100% online. Types of assessments in the online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will include:  

  • Quizzes 
  • ePortfolios 
  • Short essays 
  • Short videos 
  • Reports 
  • Reflective tasks  

What skills will I gain?  

Gain new skills for more impact at work now. Our online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will strengthen your: 

  • intellectual and emotional self-awareness 
  • ability to mobilise people to address common challenges 
  • capacity to recognise and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities 
  • accounting and marketing knowledge and capabilities 
  • interpersonal communication. 

Apply now and receive a response to your application in as soon as 3 days.

High impact leadership

“The leadership course was really interesting; it gave me insight into myself as a leader and the way that other people need to be led in challenging scenarios. That was instantly beneficial during COVID-19.” - Toby Baldock, current student. 


Career Opportunities 

Completing this online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will equip you with the skills you need to broaden your career possibilities. Follow in the footsteps of the best and brightest entrepreneurs, solve complex business challenges or elevate your strategic thinking in your current role — we can help you reach your unique goals. 



Making your business dreams a reality requires a specific suite of skills. Your time with the Adelaide Business School is the perfect opportunity to refine and experiment with your business concept or even recruit top talent for your budding business. The flexibility of online education will also give you extra time and energy to dedicate to your start-up.



A postgraduate business administration degree is often a pre-requisite for many consulting roles, especially once you reach a more senior level. Continue onto our MBA to give your future clients the assurance you have the necessary skills to guide them forward. The range of analytical skills you will gain will help you tackle any future consulting project that comes your way.  

BD & Sales

BD & Sales

Strategic thinking, executive-level influence and understanding of the big picture are a core to any business development or sales role. A business administration qualification will help you stand out from the competition with your impressive business acumen. Let us help you fast-track your career progression, grow your network of business connections or plan a horizontal career move.  

  • Leadership and Influencing - MANAGEMT 7123OL

    Duration: 6 weeks 

    Number of assessments: 3 

    Course overview 

    The types of challenges that business leaders face today need individuals, including ourselves, to change. Understanding yourself is therefore paramount.  

    In this subject, you will explore your leadership story, philosophy, and areas for improvement. Using a range of current development models, you will deepen your intellectual and emotional self-awareness to help you adapt your leadership style to motivate your entire team. Through reflecting on Harvard Business case studies and other coursework, you will gain the following, work-ready skills, including how to: 

    • plan and structure tasks to direct staff 
    • engage followers through knowledge of their diverse attributes and motivations 
    • manage conflicts to resolve interpersonal problems 
    • foster ongoing productive relationships 
    • problem solve and make sound decisions  
    • sustain innovation and production 
    • influence multiple stakeholders. 

    We will empower you with the skills to assess, evaluate and critically examine leadership approaches that are appropriate to your unique work context and environment, be it person centric, transactional or complex. 

    Learning outcomes  

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: 

    1. critique paradigms of leadership and management, to address the major organisational challenges in complex and entrepreneurial organisations 

    1. evaluate the capacity of a range of leadership models to mobilise people in a changing or innovative environment 

    1. critically evaluate the range of communication skills required to effectively lead and manage a diverse workforce 

    1. create an action plan for your leadership skill development that includes critical reflection of personal preferences. 

  • Accounting and Financial Management - MANAGEMT 7126OL

    Duration: 6 weeks 

    Number of assessments: 3 

    Course overview  

    Organisations, economies and societies can’t be prosperous without sound financial literacy. The purpose of this course is to improve your financial management skills so you can better assess the financial performance of an organisation. 

    You will be introduced to the language and key concepts of accounting including:    

    • time value of money  
    • capital budgeting 
    • risk-return paradigm 
    • financing capital expenditure. 

    You will also grow your hands-on knowledge of balance sheets, cash flow reports, measuring changes in equity and earnings statements.

    Learning outcomes 

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: 

    1. integrate ethical, compliance, and governance obligations of managers in organisations to contextualise managerial roles and responsibilities 

    1. investigate the nature and application of the four principal financial statements (i.e. the income statement, statement of financial position, statement of cash flows and statement of changes in equity) to inform managerial decision-making 

    1. interpret quantitative and qualitative data to assess the financial performance and position of an organisation 

    1. prepare budgets to make decisions about planning, controlling and directing activities 

    1. apply recognised evaluation methodologies to make capital investment decisions. 


  • Marketing for Managers - MANAGEMT 7124OL

    Duration: 6 weeks 

    Number of assessments: 3 

    Course overview 

    Generating revenue, no matter the source or sector, requires marketing. This course offers an introduction to the purpose, nature and roles of the marketing discipline and how it applies to managers. This course will equip you with the skills to: 

    • evaluate markets 
    • uncover consumer and buyer behaviour 
    • target specific opportunities  
    • build, manage and measure brand equity   
    • plan a marketing mix 
    • keep adjacent functions customer orientated. 

    In being able to ‘think in marketing terms’, you will be empowered to make better business decisions, adapt to the organisation’s approach to meet objectives and understand its contribution to an enterprise’s activity. You will also learn how to authentically connect with customers in the value exchange that is doing business.  

    Learning outcomes  

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:  

    1. use appropriate marketing frameworks to analyse the performance and current situation of an enterprise to assist in decision making 

    1. examine marketing practices and relevant data to formulate strategic recommendations to improve enterprise performance   

    1. evaluate information related to enterprise performance critically to synthesise new knowledge to guide management decisions  

    1. critique marketing strategies and communicate issues and problems using relevant theories, concepts and methods.   

  • Entrepreneurial Mindset - MANAGEMT 7125OL

    Duration: 6 weeks 

    Number of assessments: 3 

    Course overview 

    An entrepreneurial mindset is now essential for more than just those in the start-up sector. This course will enable you to cultivate and evaluate profitable opportunities, no matter the business setting. The aim of this course is to empower you with the entrepreneurial attitude and skill set, such as: 

    • the ability to recognise highly profitable opportunities or emerging trend 
    • generate creative ideas  
    • spearhead a new venture  
    • fluid and adaptive decision-making skills 
    • the agility to experiment and problem solve 
    • the resilience to navigate ambiguity and uncertainty 
    • establishing risk tolerance and mitigation 
    • embody LEAN principals 
    • a strong bias to action. 

    Course content will address how these skills can be applied in business as well as community and social settings.  

    Learning outcomes  

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: 

    1. evaluate the core concepts and theory of the nature of enterprise and entrepreneurship 

    1. investigate the various forms and models of entrepreneurship as a process 

    1. develop an entrepreneurial mindset considering the influencing factors 

    1. integrate innovation as an entrepreneurial process for projects and proposals 

    1. investigate the factors that drive opportunity in the entrepreneurial process 

    1. critically assess the viability and goals of entrepreneurial projects and proposals. 

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration 

To be eligible for our online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, you need to meet one of the following requirements: 

  • A completed undergraduate bachelor degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience. 
  • No degree, completed GMAT with a score of >500 and a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience. 
  • No degree, with minimum five years’ relevant work experience. 

Master of Business Administration 

To be eligible for our online Master of Business Administration, you need to meet one the following requirements: 

  • A completed undergraduate bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience. 
  • No degree, completed GMAT with a score of >500 and a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience. 
  • A completed university Graduate Certificate in Business Administration. 

All students must meet English language requirements (see below). 

English Language Requirements  

In order to study with the University of Adelaide, you must be proficient in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English as this is the language of instruction. You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the Minimum English Language Requirements, however, you will not be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency if you are an Australian citizen or hold a passport from one of the following countries: Canada (English speaking provinces only), New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. If English is not your first language of instruction, further documentary evidence will be required so please check the detailed Minimum English Language Requirements document for information about acceptable English language tests.  

What is the total cost? 

$19,000 or $4,750 per course (2022 fees).

Is there FEE-HELP available? 

Yes, Australian citizens are eligible for a HELP loan. You must also be enrolled in a program with the University of Adelaide by the enrolment deadline (census), and have not reached the HELP loan limit. 

Once you have been offered a place in the University of Adelaide program, you will be able to apply for a HELP loan as a part of the enrolment process. Please see our FAQs section for further details.  

The four courses of the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration are the same first courses of our Master of Business Administration program. Once you’ve passed each of the four courses that make up the graduate certificate, you can continue onto the masters program with 1/3 of the degree under your belt, or exit with a graduate certificate award. It’s up to you.

The online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will build your academic confidence and establish a solid foundation for the more advanced business capabilities covered in the MBA. Enjoy the unparalleled international recognition that comes with obtaining an MBA by completing an additional 7 courses, which include:  

  • Innovation Management  
  • Managing People and Organisations 
  • Managerial Economics 
  • Research for Managers 
  • Strategic Alignments  
  • Systems Thinking 
  • Research Project  

Enrol in our general stream or choose to specialise in Health Management. Learn more about our MBA here.

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