The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration is a 36-unit course which is part of the postgraduate Business Administration programs offered by the Flinders Business School within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

It articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and the Master of Business Administration specialisations.

Students who have completed the graduate certificate or a comparable award normally receive credit for up to 18 units of topics towards the graduate diploma, and those who complete the graduate diploma normally receive up to 36 units of credit should they choose to proceed to the masters degree.

Alternatively, students who enrol directly in the graduate diploma subsequently may choose only to meet the requirements for the graduate certificate and exit with that qualification.

Admission requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration must normally hold a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution, OR have completed the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration.

Students, whose first degree was not taught in the English language, are required to demonstrate proficiency in English (IELTS of 6.5, TOEFL of 580).

Admission will be offered on the basis of academic merit.

Course aims

The course is designed to provide a strong foundation in appropriate business knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes for successful careers as managers of organisations including private sector business organisations, not-for-profit organisations and public organisations.

Depending on the specific topics studied, it aims to:

  • develop student knowledge and skills across the range of management areas relevant to decision making, including, financial management, human resource management and marketing management
  • provide students with relevant technical knowledge of accounting, finance and economics
  • provide students with a sound understanding and appreciation of the context in which organisations operate including the impact of broader economic and global business conditions and practices on the operations and viability of organisations.

Learning outcomes

Depending on the specific topics studied, students successfully completing this course should be able to:

  • interpret financial information to evaluate organisational performance
  • apply sound financial management techniques and analytical skills to the operations of their organisation
  • recognise the potential impact of economic conditions and events on the operations of the organisation
  • take account of the impact of the global business environment in which the organisation operates
  • analyse organisations and apply contemporary management practices compatible with organisational sustainability and effective workforce relations
  • manage the marketing needs of an organisation within a variety of settings.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP, or better, according to the following program of study:

  • a minimum of six topics (27 units) of MBA foundation core topics
  • a maximum of two topics (9 units) of MBA specialisation topics (as long as the student meets the entry requirements for the MBA specialisation).

Core topics and specialisation topic choices are detailed below.

It is possible to complete a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration without specialisation. In this case eight MBA core topics must be completed.

Core - MBA topics


 Select at least 27 units from the following:

 BUSN9226  Accounting for Managers  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9227  Financial Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9228  Strategic Marketing  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9229  Sustainability and Ethics in Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9230  Economics for Business  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9231  Global Business Context  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9233  Data Analysis for Decision Making  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9234  Project Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9248  Managing People  (4.5 units)


 Select up to 9 units of specialisation topics from:

Other topics may be taken with the approval of the Chair of the Course Management Committee or their representative.