CM07 - Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Leadership)


Course Overview

If you are seeking to begin or progress your career in management and leadership, our Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Leadership) is a good place to start. This course includes and builds on professionally-oriented knowledge gained at Graduate Certificate level, and explores strategy and advanced concepts in business administration. Students will study units focusing on human relations, culture, leadership, communication, innovation, disruption, marketing, legal frameworks, accounting, and economics. You will develop the capacity to resolve problems, create innovative solutions, and generate potential entrepreneurial business. You will develop contemporary competencies in theory and business practice through problem and activity based learning drawing on your professional expertise, understanding, and context. You will be able to reflect on and engage with current issues in your organisation as authentic tasks.

The course comprises eight core units (for a total of 48 Credit Points), which is the equivalent of a year of full time study. You can enrol, study and undertake assessment at times that suit you. Our Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Leadership) is 'hyperflexible', meaning it is not bound by term dates or submission deadlines. You have up to five years to complete the course, and will be able to progress at your own pace, supported by staff and students who are encouraged to connect via a community of learning model. Credit Transfer may be possible if you have completed a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration or similar program, pending approval from the Head of Course and appropriate mapping of subject areas previously covered.

Career Information

If you are seeking to reinvigorate your career a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration is for you. An Graduate Diploma of Business Administration is widely regarded as the degree of choice for inclusion into an astute business professional’s job portfolio. An Graduate Diploma of Business Administration in Leadership from a quality university like CQUniversity Australia (CQUni) will greatly increase your chances of being elevated to the ‘C’ Executive suite. An Graduate Diploma of Business Administration in Leadership at CQUni offers you an affordable, fresh, and compelling graduate educational experience. This contemporary course graduate business education is delivered 100% fully online, and is specifically intended for ambitious, busy aspiring leaders. Units based on essential business functions are included, such as; accounting/ finance, marketing, human resources, operations and research methods relevant to business analysis and strategy. A considerable amount of time and energy in the course is devoted to solving problems, creating innovative solutions, and generating entrepreneurial business.

Contemporary competencies are developed by problem and activity based learning. Primarily, learning is directed to identifying and solving business problems and creating new opportunities. Essentially, this Graduate Diploma of Business Administration provides what is required to become an internationally astute business leader. This course is closely aligned with the industry capabilities expected of graduates. Within this course adaptive technology is used to improve the learning experience by streamlining the delivery and application of knowledge.

Course Details
Duration 0.7 years full-time or 5 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 48
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) GradDipBusAdmin(Lead)
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Diploma
Course Fees
  • - $0.00

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?

Domestic Availability

Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2022


Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2021


Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2020


Overseas Availabilities

Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2022


Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2021


Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2020

Sorry, no overseas availabilities found.
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Entry Scores
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Entry Requirements

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold one of the following:

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree, or higher equivalent qualification; or
  • A completed AQF Diploma with two years relevant* business or managerial experience.

*Relevant business or managerial experience includes a working knowledge of how a business operates, for example, budgeting, staffing, project management, financial reporting, process management, or human resources.

Professional experience must be shown in a letter of employment which is presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain position title, duties performed and length of service.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

- A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

- An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or

- Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

- An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or

- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or

- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or

- An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

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Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements
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Health Requirements
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Assumed Knowledge


Fees and Charges
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Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2022 2
2021 3
2020 1
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Evaluate business theory and innovative practices from a leadership and entrepreneurship perspective.
  • 2. Communicate effectively to build a culture of confidence, integrity, and innovation in an organisational environment.
  • 3. Develop, implement, and communicate marketing strategy to effectively achieve strategic outcomes.
  • 4. Identify, evaluate, and apply innovative business approaches that are financially and ethically sound.
  • 5. Reflect critically on ethical behaviour in a leadership role, including demonstration of understanding and empathy in diverse environments.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5
1. KNOWLEDGE Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concept
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48

Given the self study nature of the course, you are encouraged to study units in a particular order of progression to complete the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration. Ultimately, it is your choice but you are strongly advised and encouraged regarding the progression of learning that will most likely result in successful completion of this course. Every unit is worth 6 Credit Points, and the course consists of 8 units worth 48 Credit Points in total. All units are compulsory, and there are no optional or elective subjects or provision for recognised prior learning.

Graduate Diploma Business Administration (Leadership) course structure

  1. BUSN20023 People, Leadership and Culture
  2. BUSN20024 Communication for Leadership Success
  3. BUSN20025 Strategic Marketing
  4. BUSN20022 Disruption, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Exit Point for Graduate Certificate

  5. BUSN20026 Accounting for Business Decision
  6. BUSN20027 Contemporary Leadership
  7. BUSN20028 Global Economics
  8. BUSN20029 Business Legal Frameworks

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BUSN20024 Communication for Leadership Success
BUSN20025 Strategic Marketing
BUSN20023 People, Leadership and Culture
BUSN20022 Disruption, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
BUSN20026 Accounting for Business Decisions
BUSN20027 Contemporary Leadership
BUSN20028 Global Economics
BUSN20029 International Business Law
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