Find data-driven insights for your business and make agile decisions with the Graduate Certificate of Business Analytics from Victoria University.
Practical, driven by real-world needs, and business-focused: our course is a winner. Through a hands-on approach using open-source environments and cloud technology, you will learn new skills, upgrade your current ones and build a solid foundation for career growth.
In an era where information and data are central to business, our graduate certificate teaches skills you can apply every day to solve business problems, create new opportunities and run the market.
You'll discover the principles of data science, data visualisation, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI). You'll benefit from access to open-source environments, R and Python, cloud platforms at AWS and Github, and our global partnership with SAP. More importantly, you'll learn how to turn these principles and tools into business profit.
Building on our strong connections with local businesses and international partners, this business analytics course gives you real experience and a true feel for using data to solve real-world problems. You will develop a portfolio of projects to present in a CV targeted to meet job market demands. Plus, you will have plenty of opportunities to network with industry experts and learn from mentors, supported by our Postgraduate Data Analytics Association.
The Graduate Certificate of Business Analytics course covers:
- data wrangling and visualisation
- predictive analytics and big data
- artificial intelligence and machine learning for business
- cloud technology and data mining.
This course is delivered in eight-week mode, which means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.
The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.
With VU’s Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics, you will learn how to apply up-to-date business and technology trends to real-world problems.
Many of our lecturers work in the industry. We also have strong industry partnerships with businesses such as Linfox and SAP. These keep our course relevant, and give you valuable work experience.
During your study, you’ll have the chance to learn from global and local organisations in SAP-related roles, and gain authentic experience in analytics, business intelligence and other ERP areas.
Our current SAP project-partner organisations are multibillion-dollar companies:
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Careers in business analytics and SAP
We live in an era where information and data are central to business. Our Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics – with its SAP component – gives you the knowledge needed for entry roles in SAP and business analytics.
According to Accenture, there are more than 40,000 SAP professionals worldwide, with more roles requiring SAP expertise than any other systems integrator.
Our course prepares you for the following roles:
- SAP-related fields
- business intelligence
- business analysis
- information prediction
- financial, logistics, HR, and supply-chain analysis.
Use Labour Market Insights (government website) to find average salaries for ICT business and system analysts in Australia.
To attain the award of Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics, students will be required to complete 48 credit points consisting of:
- 48 credit points of core units
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On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Review theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective Business Intelligence and Business Analytics Systems practice;|
|2.||Justify and interpret theoretical concepts and related knowledge to think critically in the resolution of authentic business problems in contemporary Business Intelligence and Business Analytics Systems;|
|3.||Critically appraise cross disciplinary knowledge in creative decision making;|
|4.||Effectively articulate complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences; and,|
|5.||Advocate consistently, with personal accountability for outputs in a contemporary work environment in a socially responsible manner.|
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: Full-fee
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- Commonwealth supported place pay tuition fees that are partly subsidised by the Australian government
- full fee-paying place need to pay the full amount for all enrolled units before census each study period.
In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.
Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.
How to apply
Available start dates:
- 19 February 2024
Before you apply
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
- Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
Find out more about applying for our courses.
Apply direct to VU
Direct applications are due on 11 February 2024 for our next intake which starts on 19 February 2024.
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered