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Graduate Certificate in Business
Available online

2015 | 2016 | 2017

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Business provides an introduction to advanced study in business operations and modern management.

The Graduate Certificate is an alternative pathways to enter the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Business are awarded advanced standing of four units.

The Graduate Certificate in Business is also available via an online delivery mode, offering up to six intakes a year.

Major areas of study

Graduate Certificate students study four core units of the Master of Business Administration. Studies may include global business, entrepreneurship, marketing, corporate governance, project management, finance, managing people, information systems, strategy and case analysis.

Assessment methods

The course incorporates progressive assessment and examinations. Students are assessed in each unit on the basis of written and oral assignments. These may be business reports, case studies, presentations, research studies and/or plans. 

Teaching methods

Our flexible course fits around you. It’s designed to meet the demands of busy, mobile people – people who travel frequently, work abroad, or juggle multiple work, life and family commitments. You can enter at one of six points throughout the year, and organise your program to take advantage of the peaks and troughs in your own life.

We employ clever, intuitive and interactive learning software that enables you to collaborate with peers and lecturers. Our multi-modal approach delivers content as video, audio, hands-on, practical exercises, and other media to suit all kinds of learners. Discuss and debate ideas with your peers and lecturer in dedicated forums and with other networking technology.

Each unit has its own website to keep you focused. Every week, you’ll find activities, readings and case studies laid out with step-by-step instructions. As the weeks progress and your knowledge deepens, you’ll tackle increasingly sophisticated concepts, and employ critical analysis.

Each unit is presented in a seven-week block, and demands up to 150 hours of study – which translates into around 20 hours a week.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

You’ll find our learning resources technologically sophisticated but intuitive and very easy to use. The four virtual spaces you’ll use most frequently are MySCU, Blackboard Learn, the course and unit websites, and the library.

MySCU is your portal to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. It will link off to your specific learning and information sites, where you can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to your work.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn is where you, your peers and your lecturers communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. You can share files, presentations and applications. Unlike many online learning courses, there’s no long, grainy recordings of students coughing in lecture theatres; all recorded material is produced specifically for the course and addresses key learning points.

The course website houses all your learning materials – study resources, assessment information, quizzes, readings and other information. You may need to buy or access textbooks, but for the most part everything you need will be at your fingertips.

SCU library's wide range of services include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. As an online student, you have access to the same resources as an on campus student. You can even borrow library books – the library will express post them to you free of charge. For more about library resources, see the Library Toolbox.

Equipment and facilities

Because the course is 100% online, you’ll need the technology to ensure you have a seamless study experience. You’ll need:

  • a fast, reliable computer – either a PC or a Mac – with the latest operating system
  • a fast, reliable internet connection
  • the latest version of Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox
  • the Blackboard app, which is available as a free download. We can help you with that.

Occasionally, your lecturer may suggest specific software or textbooks for a specific unit. The library will usually have multiple copies of frequently used textbooks.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Admission requirements

Applications for admission to candidature in the Graduate Certificate in Business may be selected where they can demonstrate academic or professional standing considered by the School Board or Course Coordinator to be equivalent to the requirements of Rule 2, Section 3.

Course requirements

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Business a candidate shall successfully complete all units from Part A or at least two (2) of these units and up to two (2) substitute units as approved by the Course Coordinator.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

Our enrolment advisors can help you move easily through the application process, including advance standing. Please call us on 1300 854 556 or apply now.

International students

This course is offered fully online in part-time study mode (maximum of 6 units per year). This course is not CRICOS registered and therefore not suitable for international students wishing to study in Australia. Those who would prefer to study in Australia please refer to SCU International Study Options for onshore students for further information. If you’re planning to study online from your home country then apply now.

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