The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration 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 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and the 72-unit Master of Business Administration, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

Students who complete the graduate certificate normally receive credit for up to 18 units of topics should they wish to proceed with the graduate diploma.

Admission requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration must normally hold a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution, OR have 7 years work experience, preferably with at least 2 years at management/supervisory level.

However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

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 strategic management, 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

This is an 18-unit course. The course consists of 4 topics selected from the list of MBA foundation core topics.

Core topics

 BUSN9226  Accounting for Managers  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9227  Financial Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9228  Strategic Marketing  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9229  Sustainablity 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)


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