Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

Obtain analytical, strategic and leadership skills

Overview

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will prepare you for an advanced career in management in an extensive range of business areas. Throughout the program, you will improve your foundation skills in managerial decision making, understand effective organisational structures, study human behaviour and learn to expertly manage people.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is the first step for professionals aiming to expand their career opportunities. The program’s content focuses on high level management capabilities which are transferrable to organisations of all sizes in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors, arming you with the high-level skills and "know-how" to succeed in management roles.

In particular, individuals who need the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere - with the University’s advanced online learning system you will have the flexibility to balance your work, life and study.

Explore this page and find out if this graduate program is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Are you searching for a challenge to achieve a point of difference and give your career the edge? Business professionals are finding it increasingly competitive to leverage their careers to the next level. Achieving a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will demonstrate your ability and dedication, and increase your employability in professional management positions.

The program has a strategically derived focus on business management capabilities via an integrated online learning platform. It will leverage your career potential at a time and place that suits the demands of your life.

It focuses on developing a higher understanding of and applicable skills in managerial decision making, organisational behaviour, finance, business analysis and strategic and international management. This postgraduate qualification can be the key to your future career success or can provide you with the know how to get your business off the ground.

Upon graduation you will have a comprehensive understanding and ability to apply the fundamental areas of business. This is key to business success in both the public and private sectors.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'study' tab.

Career Pathways

The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is an internationally recognised qualification known for its ability to increase your professional capacity making you highly employable. With your enhanced leadership capabilities, business management focus and chosen specialisation you will have a new found awareness of company culture, people, management and leadership, leading you to improved opportunities.

The theory and applicable business and management principles you have acquired through the program will equip you for diverse real-world business situations. This knowledge will increase your business value and provide you with the skills to fast-track you to leadership, increase your salary potential and advance your career.

The program’s content focuses on high level management capabilities which are transferrable to organisations of all sizes in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors, arming you with the high-level skills and "know-how" to succeed in management roles.

With a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration you can leverage your existing experience with enhanced skills to gain control of your future. Whether your goal is to boost your current career, change career paths or start your own business, you will have the advanced skills and knowledge to achieve with a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, visit the ‘details’ tab.

Specialisations

The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration through the University of Newcastle offers a strategically developed program that will challenge your approach to leadership, enhance your ability to think and act analytically as well as master your strategic capabilities.

Today, businesses require employees to be flexible with the ability to adapt to and implement organisational and technological change. They require enhanced problem solving skills for seamless business integration. Through a solid understanding of managerial decision making, the ability to master a cohesive and creative line of thinking when approaching challenges, and the aptitude to manage human behaviour within organisations, you will be ready to make your mark at the pointy end of the business.

Students will undertake studies in the following four areas:

  • Accounting and Financial Management;
  • Foundation of Business Analysis;
  • Human Resource Management; and
  • Organisational Behaviour and Design.

You will learn to understand and apply well-established theoretical management frameworks and practical business skills which are transferable to all areas of business - including the ability to work effectively in a team, write, present and manage your time.

To find out more about where the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration can lead you, visit the 'careers' tab.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration program is available to applicants who can demonstrate between 1-5 years relevant experience, coupled with previous non-university studies.

The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
3 Year Diploma (in a related field of study) Zero
3 Year Diploma (in a non-related field of study) One
2 year Diploma (in a related field of study) Two
2 Year Diploma (in a non-related field of study) Three
No previous educational qualifications Five
Bachelor Degree Zero

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

Applicants should also provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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