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Graduate Certificate in Business Administration online


9 months part-time



Program price (2021 pricing)

$4,578 per course

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Program overview

Our online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will put you on the path to unlocking your full career and leadership potential. With no need for an undergraduate degree, the 100% online Graduate Certificate of Business Administration is your first step.

You will have the additional assurance of our online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration being backed by the Adelaide Business School—South Australia’s only business school internationally accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Upon graduation you will also have the opportunity to continue your studies—and experience truly transformational self-improvement—in our online Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Your online study experience

Building on from your hands-on experience, you’ll cover the fundamental aspects of business success today.

100% online learning: Collaborate with like-minded people from across the world in interactive sessions and video seminars easily accessed from any internet connected device.

Immediate outcomes: Complete a single subject at a time in focused 6-week teaching blocks so you can use your new skills immediately.

World-leading education: Gain a formal postgraduate qualification from South Australia’s only world-top-1% globally ranked university* and a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of 8 research-intensive universities.

Continuous support: Personalised support for all your academic and career needs.

*Times Higher Education, 2019; QS Rankings, 2019; Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2019.

What skills will you gain?

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.

Your career path

Completing this Graduate Certificate will equip you with the skills you need to broaden your career opportunity and take the next step forward. 

You will emerge with sound people and financial management skills; an entrepreneurial mindset, and the confidence to lead a business enterprise. You’ll also have the opportunity to further elevate your professional standing by continuing your studies in our online MBA.


  • Leadership and Influencing - MANAGEMT 7123OL

    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 current development models, you will deepen your intellectual and emotional self-awareness. You will also learn how to adapt your leadership style, tools and behaviours to motivate your entire team.

  • Accounting and Financial Management - MANAGEMT 7126OL

    The purpose of this course is to improve your financial literacy and your capacity to 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 grow your foundational knowledge of balance sheets, cash flow reports and earnings statements.

  • Marketing for Managers - MANAGEMT 7124OL

    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 
    • keep adjacent functions customer orientated.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset - MANAGEMT 7125OL

    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 opportunities 
    • fluid and adaptive decision-making skills
    • the agility to experiment and problem solve
    • the resilience to navigate ambiguity and uncertainty
    • a strong bias to action.

Academic entry requirements

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

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

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, Australian Permanent Resident (visa status) 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 download the Minimum English Language Requirements document (Postgraduate Coursework Programs section) for information about acceptable English language tests.

How to apply

To apply for the University of Adelaide’s online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, you first need to create an account via the University of Adelaide Application Portal.

Once you have verified your account, complete your online application form and as a minimum upload the following supporting documents:

  • valid photo ID (passport or driver's licence)
  • proof of citizenship / permanent residency
  • change-of-name documents, if applicable (e.g. marriage certificate)
  • English language requirements (if you are an international applicant).

For assistance with your application, contact us on 1300 293 830.

When can I start?

There are six intakes into the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration program throughout the year: January, March, May, July, August and October. Applications typically close four weeks before the online teaching period commences. See the Important dates section for further details. 

What is the total cost?

$18,312 or $4,578 per course (2021 pricing).

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.