Gain a solid foundation in business with a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Victoria University.
Aimed at people without a current business qualification, this course is academically focused and professionally applicable. It provides an alternative path to the MBA (Professional) for those with relevant professional experience.
You will develop advanced knowledge in contemporary business, exploring core disciplines of management including:
- people management
- ethics and sustainability.
You will also gain skills crucial to business leadership – and valuable in any workplace – such as:
- critical thinking
- problem solving
This course is designed to provide you with a global business perspective. You’ll be able to contribute to the demands of your local and global community in a responsible and ethical manner.
This course is offered through the Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB), located at our City Flinders Campus in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. If you are combining work with study, this is an ideal location.
Featuring business incubators (high tech meeting rooms replicating a business centre) and industry standard computer labs, the campus is a modern, spacious and comfortable learning environment.
You’ll have access to professional online business databases and a specialist business librarian.
Careers in business administration
Studying business administration with VU will broaden your career options. You’ll have the foundational knowledge to go on to study our Master of Business Administration (Professional). You’ll also have the skills and competencies to enter early career roles in the business sector and beyond. Our graduates find work in business management and marketing in settings such as:
- human resources
- real estate
The average annual salaries in Australia for the following roles are:
To attain the award of Graduate Diploma in Business Administration students must successfully complete the following:
- 84 credit points (equivalent to 7 units) core units
- 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit. Students to select from any postgraduate unit from across the University (subject to availability). Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.
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12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit.
Students to select from any postgraduate unit from across the University (subject to availability). Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Review theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective business strategies.|
|2.||Justify and interpret theoretical propositions and related knowledge to think critically in the resolution of business problems and recommend actions relevant to contemporary business settings.|
|3.||Critically apply cross disciplinary knowledge in creative decision making.|
|4.||Demonstrate independent judgement in a range of business functions in response to contemporary and future professional challenges.|
|5.||Work as a reflective practitioner to formulate, implement and evaluate industry-specific investigations to resolve complex professional problems and inform management decision making.|
|6.||Effectively communicate complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.|
|7.||Contribute consistently, with personal accountability for outputs in a dynamic 21st century work environment, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner.|
|8.||Analyse and evaluate research findings applicable to business environments as part of the course work.|
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: Full-fee
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.
If you enrol in a:
- Commonwealth Supported Place, your fees are partly subsidised by the Australian Government.
- full-fee paying place, you’ll need to pay the full amount for all units you study.
To calculate the total cost of your course:
- Select which units you’d like to study.
- Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
- Add up the relevant amounts.
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 any discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum three (3) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.
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 coordinator or academic adviser.
How to apply
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 VUApply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.
Direct applications are due on 1 March 2020 for our next intake which starts on 9 March 2020.Apply direct to VU
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