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Graduate Diploma of Business Administration

Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (GDBA)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
  • -
  • 4 teaching periods (8 months), or part-time equivalent
  • Jan, Mar, May, Jun, Aug, Oct
Note: See Apply section for detailed start dates for each teaching period.


  • Use the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration as a stepping-stone in developing your strategic leadership and management skills and start your study towards an MBA.
  • Become more than an operational manager and apply strategic knowledge to a range of real-life contexts through problem-based assessment scenarios.
  • Gain a competitive advantage by leveraging your leadership skills to create and execute organisational strategy. 
  • Learn how to communicate effectively and positively influence internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Expand your strategic thinking capabilities and become ready to transition into executive roles within your industry. 
  • Delivered online in accelerated 8-week teaching blocks, you can fit your study into your life, at your own pace. Choose to study two subjects at a time and finish this degree within eight months, or study part-time and finish within 16 months. 

Further study

Once you successfully complete this degree, and if you meet the entry requirements, you will be offered the option to articulate to the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Career outcomes

  • Convert your thinking from operational to strategic and progress into executive roles in regional, national or international organisations.
  • Be ready to move up to management or director roles within your organisation.

Entry requirements

  • Completion of an Australian university Graduate Certificate (or other AQF level 8 qualification) with a GPA of at least 4.0 out of 7.0, and a minimum of 2 years' professional work experience in business, or equivalent;
  • completion of an Australian university Graduate Certificate (or other AQF level 8 qualification), and a minimum of 2 years' professional work experience in business with at least one year's management or supervisory level experience, or equivalent.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree 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.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 8 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 2 units per teaching period.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 2
Approved MBA courses 6
Total 8
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment pattern.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 31360

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

Teaching periods

Select to start your degree in any of the following teaching periods:

Teaching period Application closing date Start date Finish date
1 - January Friday 18 December 2020 Monday 4 January 2021 Friday 26 February 2021
2 - March Friday 12 February 2021 Monday 1 March 2021 Friday 23 April 2021
3 - May Friday 9 April 2021 Monday 26 April 2021 Friday 18 June 2021
4 - June Friday 4 June 2021 Monday 21 June 2021 Friday 13 August 2021
5 - August Friday 30 July 2021 Monday 16 August 2021 Friday 8 October 2021
6 - October Friday 24 September 2021 Monday 11 October 2021 Friday 3 December 2021

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