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Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Leadership)

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The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Leadership) is delivered via our Be Different platform and offers you a self-paced, flexible online course, ideal for busy, emerging business leaders. This course is closely aligned with the industry capabilities expected of graduates.

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Graduate Certificate
0.3 year full-time, 5 years part-time
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About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Leadership) is delivered via our Be Different platform and offers you a self-paced, flexible online course, ideal for busy, emerging business leaders.

This course is closely aligned with the industry capabilities expected of graduates. Units in this course include essential business functions, such as strategic marketing; people, leadership and culture; communication and disruption, innovation and entrepreneurship. This course retains these core areas and supplements them with a focus on leadership in a contemporary business environment. Considerable emphasis is also devoted to developing the capacity to resolve problems, create innovative solutions, and generate potential entrepreneurial business.

Contemporary competencies in theory and business practice are developed through problem and activity based learning. Primarily, learning is directed to identifying and solving business problems and creating new business opportunities providing you with the skills and knowledge required to become an internationally astute business leader.

If you are interested in developing advanced business and leadership skills, this Graduate Certificate provides an ideal pathway into our Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Leadership) and you may even like to extend your studies further and continue on in the Master of Business Administration (Leadership). The transition is seamless between these courses, with the Graduate Certificate being the first four units, the Graduate Diploma the next four units and the Masters the final four.

The transition between this suite of courses is seamless and you will receive credits for units completed as you progress.

The flexible online delivery via our Be Different platform allows you to study entirely online, when and where it suits you. Add to this, no unit or assessment deadlines and affordable tuition fees and you have a suite of business administration (leadership) courses that allow you to fit study around your life, not the other way round.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration applicants must have one of the following:

  • A completed bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college, or equivalent, or

  • A completed graduate certificate or graduate diploma from an Australian university or college, or equivalent, or

  • A recognised diploma and two years relevant business experience, or

  • Five years of relevant work or managerial experience

Relevant work experience should include an understanding of how a business operates, which includes a working knowledge of a range of areas such as human resource management, budgeting, project management, financial reporting, process management or other relevant professional experience.

Note: Consistent access to a mentor, with significant managerial work experience, is recommended to advise you throughout the MBA journey to provide an important crossover into 'real world' business. Such guidance will assist you to make the transition into becoming a world class manager and leader.

Desirable attributes, access and experience:

  • Current resume if claiming relevant work, managerial or business experience.

  • Demonstrated experience as a proactive and independent learner.

  • Highly developed communication skills (written, spoken and comprehension).

  • Excellent time management skills.

  • High levels of self-discipline and self-motivation.

  • Access to a computer and the Internet, preferably at home.

  • Competent in using a computer and the Internet.

  • Adequate time to devote to studying a university course [An entire unit will take approximately 125-150 hours to complete or approximately 10-12 hours of study per week per unit].

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent), or

  • tertiary diploma level qualification, or

  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.0 in each subset; or

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 79 or better overall and no score less than 21 (Internet Based Test); or

  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 62 with no sub-score less than 54; or

  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or

  • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

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If you are seeking to begin or progress your career in management and leadership, a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Leadership) is a good place to start. In this course you can expect an affordable, fresh, relevant and compelling graduate educational experience. The course is widely regarded as the graduate certificate of choice for aspiring business professionals. Skills are developed to ensure ambitious managers are equipped to lead individuals, teams and organisations.

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