CM08 - Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Leadership)


Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Leadership) is designed for entrepreneurs and busy emerging leaders and is closely aligned with the industry capabilities expected of graduates. Students will study four core units focusing on human relations, culture, leadership, communication, innovation, disruption, and marketing. You will develop the capacity to resolve problems, create innovative solutions, and generate potential entrepreneurial business. Contemporary competencies in theory and business practice are developed 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 four core units (for a total of 24 Credit Points), which is the equivalent of one term of full time study. You can enrol, study and undertake assessment at times that suit you. Our Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Leadership) is 'hyperflexible', meaning it is not bound by term dates or submission deadlines. You have up to three 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.

Career Information

If you are seeking to reinvigorate your career a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is for you. An Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is widely regarded as the degree of choice for inclusion into an astute business professional’s job portfolio. An Graduate Certificate in 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 Certificate in 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 Certificate in 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 3 years maximum
Credit Points that Must be Earned 24
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) GradCertBusAdmin(Lead)
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Certificate
Course Fees
Indicative Year - 2022
  • Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee - $6,120

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
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
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 experience, or
  • Five 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 22
2021 22
2020 17
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Evaluate and apply business theory and innovative practices from a leadership and entrepreneurship perspective.
  • 2. Develop, implement, and communicate marketing strategy to effectively achieve strategic outcomes.
  • 3. Communicate effectively to build a culture of confidence, integrity, and innovation in an organisational environment.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3
1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised 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 concepts
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
10. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE sufficient to undertake qualifications
11. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of knowledge in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
12. FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS sufficient to undertake qualifications
13. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of skills in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
14. Course content drawn from higher education units
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Leadership) consists of 4 units worth 6 Credit Points each. All 4 units are compulsory. There are no optional or elective subjects.

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Leadership) course structure

Phase # Unit Code Unit Name
Phase 1 - Graduate Certificate 1 BUSN20023 People, Leadership & Culture
2 BUSN20022 Disruption, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
3 BUSN20024 Communication for Leadership Success
4 BUSN20025 Strategic Marketing


Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BUSN20023 People, Leadership and Culture
BUSN20022 Disruption, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
BUSN20024 Communication for Leadership Success
BUSN20025 Strategic Marketing


More Details
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