Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive)
- Duration Full-time 6 months, Other
- Location Melbourne city campus, Online
AU$17,760 (2018 total tuition)
- Next intake February, Open Universities Australia
- Duration Full-time 6 months
- Location Melbourne city campus, Online
AU$20,640 (2018 total tuition)
- Next intake February, July Create a personalised brochure
This executive-level program offers working professionals a learning experience that fosters leadership and strategic thinking.
The Graduate Certificate builds on your professional experience through collaborative-style learning and business problem-solving to facilitate your career progression, or prepare you for further study in the Executive MBA.
This program is available:
- at the Melbourne City campus, offering up to two intakes a year
- online through Open Universities Australia (OUA), offering up to three intakes a year.
You will experience a variety of teaching and learning approaches during the program including lectures, tutorials, working independently and in teams where you will benefit from the additional insights and understandings that come from interaction with classmates. Lectures deliver a comprehensive review of the latest thinking and world's best practice, while tutorials provide opportunities for facilitated discussion. In addition, you will have access to online and digital resources such as lecture notes, assessment tools, discussion boards and podcasts through myRMIT.
Your classes will mostly be held at the Emily McPherson College Building, a magnificent heritage property on the corner of Russell and Victoria streets. Facilities include a student lounge, conference suite, teaching theatres and classrooms with the latest multimedia technology, and a rooftop patio with views of Melbourne’s CBD. Some classes may be held at the Swanston Academic Building or at other locations on RMIT’s City campus.
Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester and includes examinations, essays, reports, presentations, group projects, research projects and practical assignments. While group assignments are an important component of every course, the focus of the assessment is weighted towards individual performance.
Through RMIT University’s online learning portal, myRMIT, you will be able to view online resources and learning activities created by lecturers, access course materials via Blackboard, collaborate with lecturers and fellow students, and access your student email account. Educational software, the Learning Hub, other online and digital resources and printers are accessible on campus via the RMIT wireless network using your own laptop, tablet or smart phone or via computer facilities on-campus. You will be able to access the same software from home using myDesktop.
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Program code: GC129
Graduates are encouraged to progress to the Master of Business Administration.
Graduates of the arts, business, engineering, health, IT and many other fields may choose to study the Graduate Certificate or Master degree to broaden their career options.
Professional bodies may offer students and/or graduates membership, opportunities for entry into professional qualification programs and other career enhancing benefits.
For further information about membership and opportunities for students and graduates, please visit our accreditation and membership page.
- An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent, or higher level qualification, in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (out of 4.0) or
- An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent, or higher level qualification, in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution and a GMAT overall minimum score of 600.
In addition to the academic requirements, you must provide evidence of a minimum of three years full-time equivalent work experience in a management role with supervisory responsibilities. Applicants wil be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) that outlines supervision of staff, performance review and responsibility to budget.
If you do not meet the above entry requirement for the Graduate Certificate you may be considered if you have significant work experience (8 - 10 years) with at least five years full-time equivalent in a management role with supervisory responsibilities. Applicants wil be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) that outlines supervision of staff, performance review and responsibility to budget.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) or higher level qualification in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0) and evidence of a minimum 3 years full-time equivalent work experience in a management role with supervisory responsibilities;
An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) or higher level qualification in any discipline and a GMAT overall minimum score of 600 and evidence of a minimum 3 years full-time equivalent work experience in a management role with supervisory responsibilities.
You may also be considered if you have 8-10 years work experience with at least 5 years full-time equivalent in a management role with supervisory responsibilities.
Note: All applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) that outlines supervision of staff, performance review and responsibility to budget.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Applicants who have successfully completed postgraduate studies in a business (or related) discipline at another institution can have these assessed for credit or exemptions from this program consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.
Find out if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.
The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is a pathway to the Master of Business Administration (MBA).
If you wish to progress to the Master of Business Administration (MBA), upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration you will be admitted to the Master degree with exemptions from the four business enabling courses and the four courses completed in the Graduate Certificate, leaving a further eight courses to complete.
When you successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration you are guaranteed entry into the Master of Business Administration with 1 semester of advanced standing (equivalent to 48 credit points).
Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT postgraduate programs.
The indicative total tuition fee for full-fee places for 2018 commencement is AU$17,280.
The 2018 fee quoted is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points.
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Fees shown above apply to 2018 only and are based on an annual full-time study load of 48 credit points unless otherwise noted. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load. Tuition fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or the Department of Human Services for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.