2022: February, August & November

1 year

2022: A$16,700*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.


Gain a solid foundation in business with a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Victoria University.

Created for 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.

During the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, you will develop advanced knowledge in contemporary business, exploring core disciplines of management including:

  • accounting
  • statistics
  • marketing
  • economics
  • people management
  • ethics and sustainability.

During this business diploma, you will also gain skills crucial to business leadership – and valuable in any workplace – such as:

  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • creativity.

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 University Business School 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.

Everything you learn at VU has direct links to the real world. You’ll benefit from our many partnerships within the business community.  This course is designed to give you practical experience, so you’ll be job-ready when you graduate.

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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:

  • marketing
  • human resources
  • trading
  • real estate
  • construction
  • IT
  • consultation
  • management.


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Course structure

To attain the award of Graduate Diploma in Business Administration students must successfully complete the following:

  • 96 credit points core units

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.

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
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

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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.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you can receive toward Victoria University higher education courses based on your previous studies.

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

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above – check your Letter of Offer for an estimate on non-tuition-fee-related expenses.

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