Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (TBC)

Online Course Content


A Graduate Certificate in Business Administration online course will normally cover essential knowledge areas for managers. Program content may consist of

  • accounting, economics and finance for managers
  • design of business processes and organisational structures
  • leadership principles and practices.

The course will accelerate your development as a manager broadly. As well as acquiring practical skills, you'll discover what sort of capabilities are required to be a successful manager. The course offers a blueprint for a longer learning journey.

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, and the MBA. Students who complete the graduate certificate at credit level or above may apply directly for admission into the MBA program.

Business Administration Career Benefits


Studying business administration offers benefits for almost any type of career. Business administration is a common role that's found across all industries and job sectors.

  • If you're employed, take a look at your supervisor. He or she does business administration.
  • You're a business administrator if you have responsibilities over people or the organisation of work.

Business administration can be studied at any career stage. Ideally, you should have work experience so you can better relate theory to practice.

  • Professional and supervisory experience are factors in being admitted to grad cert courses.
  • If you have significant professional experience, you don't necessarily need a business degree – or any degree for that matter – to be accepted.

Getting a graduate certificate demonstrates management knowledge and interest. It helps when you apply for senior positions.

Types of Online Graduate Certificate Programs


For all graduate certificate courses, you can expect to do the equivalent of 1 semester of full-time study (4 units). You can also expect the course to be embedded in a masters program. That gives you the option to keep studying and complete an MBA (usually 12 units total).

Online programs can be structured in the traditional way, with 2-3 semesters per year that each finish with an intense exam period. Alternatively, you may be able to complete units individually over shorter study intervals (6-8 weeeks). Online programs with short study periods often use continuous assessment, where grading relies on on assignments, projects and short quizzes.

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Accounting Core Subjects


Accounting course topics align with the knowledge requirements for professional accreditation. There is a close mapping between course units and accreditation program requirements.

Based on the Chartered Accountants program, professional accounting courses should cover the following subjects:

  1. Accounting Information Systems
  2. Accounting Systems and Processes
  3. Accounting Theory
  4. Audit and Assurance
  5. BSU Corporations Law
  6. BSU Taxation
  7. Commercial Law
  8. Economics
  9. Finance
  10. Financial Accounting
  11. Management Accounting
  12. Quantitative Methods.

You can do units in these subjects by majoring in accounting as part of a Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Commerce program. Alternatively, university graduates (and others who meet entry criteria) can do a Master of Professional Accounting course.


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