The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (online pathway) is part of the postgraduate Business Administration programs offered by the Flinders Business School within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. It is available in a fully online study mode and may be completed in a minimum of five months full-time.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is also delivered on campus and may be completed in five months of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). See Graduate Certificate in Business Administration .

It articulates with:

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate or an approved equivalent normally receive credit for 18 units of topics towards the Graduate Diploma. In turn, those who complete the Graduate Diploma normally receive 36 units of credit should they wish to proceed with a Masters degree.

Admission requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (online pathway) 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 business knowledge and skills in a selection of areas and to foster attitudes in students commensurate with successful careers as managers of organisations including private sector business organisations, not-for-profit organisations and public organisations. It aims to:

  • develop student knowledge and skills across the range of management areas relevant to decision making
  • provide students with a sound understanding and appreciation of the context in which organisations operate and factors that impact on the operations and viability of organisations.

Learning outcomes 

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will be able to:

  • Explain how decision making and the management of organisations. is aided by knowledge of theory and practice in four business sub-disciplines.
  • Analyse organisations and apply contemporary management practices compatible with organisational sustainability.
  • Present theoretical concepts and complex ideas in both written and verbal formats appropriate for management audiences.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (online pathway) students must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP, or better, according to the following program of study:

Option - Year 1 topics

18 units selected from:

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: An Asia Pacific Focus (4.5 units)
BUSN9236 Leadership: Theory, Practice and Experience (4.5 units)
BUSN9241 International Business Finance and Banking (4.5 units)
BUSN9248 Managing People (4.5 units)
BUSN9259 Supply Chain and Operation (4.5 units)