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Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

Are you looking to make your move into a key business leadership role? The Graduate Certificate of Business Administration will fast-track you to success.

Postgraduate

Qualification

8 months full-time

Duration

Mar, Jul, Nov

Start Date

4

Units

100% Online

Learning Mode

$14,800*

Fees

‘The support level has been unmatched. ELAs, student advisors, anyone you contact is always there for you. There is always someone to reach out to, always someone to help, always someone you can lean on.’

Corey, Swinburne Online graduate

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As a Business Analyst, you’ll have a strong future ahead of you, with a 29.6% increase expected in the next five years.

Our business faculty has received a five-star rating for learning engagement, student support and skills development. 

‘The support level has been unmatched. ELAs, student advisors, anyone you contact is always there for you. There is always someone to reach out to, always someone to help, always someone you can lean on.’

Corey, Swinburne Online graduate

29.6% ▴

As a Business Analyst, you’ll have a strong future ahead of you, with a 29.6% increase expected in the next five years.

Our business faculty has received a five-star rating for learning engagement, student support and skills development. 

Are you looking to make your move into a key business leadership role?

The Graduate Certificate of Business Administration will build on your professional experience and develop your strategic, leadership and entrepreneurial skills further.

Your coursework equips you with the skills for capitalising on opportunities, thinking critically, and leading an organisation to success in any business context. As well as gaining practical skills that you can apply in your current workplace, you’ll graduate as a leader in your field.

Completion of the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration contains the first 4 units of, and is a pathway to, the Master of Business Administration.

What will you learn?

  • Decision making: Learn how to make informed judgments and take action in any environment.
  • Problem solving: Explore the issues that can confront any business and develop techniques for tackling them.
  • Leadership: Lead a workplace towards success and innovation.
  • Entrepreneurial marketing: Strategically position an organisation in a competitive environment.

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Flexible study

What does flexible study mean for me?

Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to study how it suits you. Decide when and where it fits in with your life and tailor your study journey to your own needs. Get a world-class degree without giving up what’s important.

Flexible study at Swinburne Online

Set a study pace that work with what’s going on in your life. If you’re unsure about how much you can commit to, we can offer part-time options and the option of increasing your unit load as your progress. Interested in fast-tracking your studies? You also have the opportunity to complete up to 12 units per year.

You don’t have to put your life on hold to study. Prioritise what matters to you and fit study around family, work and personal commitments through a course that is flexibly designed for online learners.

Start when it suits. Swinburne Online offers multiple intake dates and flexible unit availability, so you can choose when you begin your studies or if you need to take a break.

Flexible study requires flexible support. As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, 7 days a week, with Student Advisors available to help with anything from tech support to research advice and dedicated online tutors in each of your units.

Structure

Your course structure

The Graduate Certificate of Business Administration consists of four units that can be completed in eight months full time.

Your units will teach you fundamental management skills that prepare you to address the compelling challenges that characterise management practice in today’s globalised business environment. You will study core fields of knowledge in subjects like ‘Marketing Management’ and ‘Accounting Systems and Reporting’, allowing you to form a broad overview of the many facets of contemporary business.

Why study a degree in business administration with Swinburne Online? Our courses are at the forefront of industry and provide you with the practical skills to success come graduation. View all units in this graduate certificate.

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How you'll learn

Learning designed for online

Your study journey with Swinburne Online is tailored to the digital space. You’ll study in a dynamic virtual classroom environment, interact with your peers in the custom-built social platform, and receive support at the times you need it from advisors who understand studying online.

Your online study journey

You’ll complete each of your units in Canvas, your online classroom, and be guided through coursework by an online tutor with real-world experience in your field of study. Canvas is where you’ll access classes, assignments and discussion boards with your peers.

The Student Hub is your online campus, where you’ll access the support and resources to assist you throughout your study journey. From managing your course to technical support and library resources, you’ll find it all in one easy location.

Swinburne Online will be there for you each step of the way. From enrolment through to graduation, we offer extended, flexible support in each of your units and advisors to assist with anything from technical support to referencing and assignment tips.

Entry requirements

To gain entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry criteria:

  • A recognised bachelor degree in a related discipline; or
  • A recognised bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS a minimum of two years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience; or
  • A minimum of three years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience.
  • If you are applying as an international student, please view the English Language Requirements.

Fees

The estimated fee for this course is $14,800*.

Commonwealth provided loans are available to assist eligible students to pay their course fees and there are a range of university, government and privately funded scholarships and prizes.

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Course fees may change without notice and will be affected by a student’s unit selection and any credit awarded in recognition of previous academic experience.

This course is offered to domestic and offshore international students. Depending on your citizenship, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.

Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. You may be eligible for Swinburne Scholarships.

Career Outcomes

Your pathway to industry

Your Graduate Certificate of Business Administration will teach you the practical techniques to plan and deliver effective, comprehensive business strategies that capture the scope of a business’s aims and functions within a complex environment.

Your practical learning aims to equip you with skills you can take straight into your next role. Your graduate certificate also opens a pathway for you to advance your knowledge and expertise by continuing with a Master of Business Administration.

In this dynamic role, you’ll use data analytics to assess processes, determine requirements and deliver data-driven recommendations and reports to key stakeholders.

Take a lead role in the management of producing goods and services. Oversee the distribution of products and find areas of improvement to strengthen business operations.

Provides a strategic approach and insight into business operations.

Develops strategies and policies to achieve future business goals.

Testimonial

‘I enjoy the flexibility and the quality of course content and support.’

Ceara

Swinburne Online graduate

FAQs
What are other students asking?
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For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.
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When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Advisors and they will take care of it for you.
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You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you. There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.

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