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Summary
Graduate Diploma of Business (GDBZ)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 8 units

Duration
  • 1 year or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Expand your business skills and knowledge

Looking to extend your career opportunities or undertake specialised postgraduate study in business?  With a wide range of specialisations, or the ability to tailor a degree to suit your interests, USQ’s Graduate Diploma of Business gives you the opportunity to align your study interests to areas that best support your business career aspirations. The Graduate Diploma of Business’ flexibility also provides you with the option to choose two specialisations.

Your study options

  • Agribusiness (not available in 2017)
  • Big Data and Visualisation
  • Business Administration
  • Business Leadership
  • Crisis Management
  • Digital Marketing Analytics
  • Digital Transformation
  • Emergency and Disaster Communication
  • Enterprise Leadership
  • Finance
  • General
  • Global Business Management
  • International Business
  • Project Management
  • Professional Communication
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Marketing       
  • Sustainable Business.

Alternate entry options are also available which means you don’t necessarily have to have completed an undergraduate bachelor degree to gain entry.

Go on to further study

The Graduate Diploma of Business can also be a stepping stone if you then wish to further your study in a degree such as our Master of Business AdministrationMaster of Business and Innovation or Master of Project Management.  

Professional accreditation

The Graduate Diploma of Business (Project Management Specialisation) is delivered by USQ as a Global Registered Education Provider with the US-based Project Management Institute (PMI).

Students in the Graduate Diploma of Business have the option to complete:

Option 1 - Named Specialisation and General Specialisation

Students may choose the Business Administration specialisation, or a four-unit named specialisation from the Master of Business Administration, Master of Project Management or Master of Business and Innovation.

General specialisation courses will be from the Master of Business Administration, Master of Project Management or Master of Business and Innovation, Master of Professional Accounting or Master or Information Systems or from other USQ postgraduate programs as approved by the Program Coordinator. 

Option 2 - Two Named Specialisations

Students may choose the Business Administration specialisation plus one four-unit named specialisation from the Master of Business Administration, Master of Project Management or Master of Business and Innovation; or choose two four-unit named specialisations from the Master of Business Administration, Master of Project Management or Master of Business and Innovation.

Courses to be studied Units
Named specialisation courses
4
General specialisation courses
4
Total 8
Courses to be studied Units
Named specialisation courses
4
Named specialisation courses 4
Total 8
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 21360

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • A bachelors degree or equivalent from a recognised university. 

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.


How to apply

Note: Semester 3 intake is only available via distance education.

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2017 - applications close Monday 6 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 13 November 2017.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 – applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July 2018.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

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