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Turn your love of sport into a rewarding career, with a graduate qualification from our leading sport education program.

The Graduate Diploma in Sport Business and Integrity will teach you to fulfil the dual responsibilities of managers in professional and community sport.

You will learn to run leagues and associations, manage facilities, deliver events, and administer clubs at the highest professional level.

You will also acquire skills and knowledge related to building communities, eliminating barriers to participation, and reducing social disadvantage through sport participation.

Throughout, you will focus on the integrity of sport, helping to sustain and improve its public value.

On graduation, you will have the professional competencies needed for organising resources to meet the needs of diverse communities.

This diploma is the second stage of three postgraduate courses, and leads into our Master of Sport Business and Integrity.

Our College of Sport and Exercise Science is one of Australia’s leading sport education providers. When you study sport-related topics with us, you will be part of a fantastic community of sport study and achievement.

The College offers a huge range of sport-related courses, dozens of connections with sporting organisations, and cutting-edge facilities.

Our sport research received the highest rating of 5 (well above world standard) in the latest Excellence in Research for Australia assessment.

We have over 200 partnerships and affiliations with peak sporting bodies, professional and community sporting clubs, and public-health and education groups.

Partner organisations offer work placements and contacts within the industry. They include the following:

  • Australian Football League (AFL)
  • Austalian Sports Commission (ASC)
  • Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
  • Western Bulldogs Football Club
  • Tennis Australia
  • Melbourne Victory
  • Melbourne Storm
  • Melbourne Rebels
  • Hockey Victoria
  • Cricket Victoria
  • Melbourne Vixens Netball team
  • Western Jets Football Club
  • Racing Victoria
  • Football Federation Victoria
  • Victorian Institute of Sport
  • Real Madrid Graduate School.

If you are aiming for a leadership or high-level management role, our Master of Sport Business and Integrity will give you the qualifications and skills to achieve your goals.

Our courses are designed to lead into one another. Our Graduate Certificate in Sport Business and Integrity earns you credits towards this diploma.

Once you have successfully completed this diploma, you will gain entry to the Master of Sport Business and Integrity – and already be more than half way to completing the full masters degree.

This course is delivered at our campus is in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, directly opposite Flinders Street Station.

Many of our postgraduate students are working professionals, so we keep our study flexible and convenient. Our campus is the perfect location if you are juggling work and study. It is conveniently positioned, surrounded by the business community, and close to many important sports facilities.

Careers in sport management

On graduation, you will be ready for sport-management positions, including the following:

  • sport integrity manager
  • community relations manager
  • corporate and community partnership manager
  • sport development manager
  • sport planning manager.

Sport managers earn, on average, A$74,800 (JobOutlook).

To aim high in the sport business management world, continue your study with our Master of Sport Business and Integrity.

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Diploma in Sport Business and Integrity, students will be required to complete 96 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points core units

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Synthesise knowledge gained from the Graduate Certificate in Sport Integrity with advanced specialist understandings of strategic management.  
  2. Evaluate sport partnership theories and stakeholder strategies as applied to sport partnership developments and formalised agreements;  
  3. Assess the methods for making substantive short-term and long-term strategic decisions using financial and economic data to implement techniques of strategic planning and management to a variety of sport business situations;  
  4. Articulate the role media and promotions play in sport business and integrity leadership in terms of the relationship between sport media and sport organisations across personal, mass, digital, mobile, and social media methodologies; and,  
  5. Demonstrate the use of ethical research methodologies to engage in the research process for solving sport business and integrity problems.  

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 government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

To calculate the total cost of your course either use our fee calculator, or:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. 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.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

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.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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

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