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Leadership infused with Business Design Thinking: Empowering aspiring professionals to lead change with innovation.
The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive) is a stand-alone award that offers a pathway for further learning leading to the Master of Business Administration (Executive), or can be an early exit point for those enrolled in the Master of Business Administration (Executive). The program aims to broaden knowledge and skills for students entering with a qualification in an unrelated discipline, while students from a related discipline will deepen their existing knowledge and skills.
This program develops forward thinking leaders underpinned by contemporary business knowledge, practice and research. The program is infused with principles of business design, enabling you to create, innovate, lead and manage complex initiatives within uncertain globally connected environments.
Business leadership grounded in design means that as a graduate, you will understand the importance of analysing the architecture of business problems and the value that prototyping, creativity and synthesis bring to the creation of sustainable solutions that are end user driven. You will be equipped with the skills to effectively drive innovation and change so as to create ongoing value for your organisation and the communities it serves. The program uses an adult and facilitated learning approach to delivery, and authentic assessment. Learning activities and experiences are a combination of issue-based seminars, case study analyses, simulation, exploration of readings and research, and facilitated discussions. Assessment tasks will require you to integrate relevant academic theory with contemporary practice, and apply this within authentic, workplace settings.
In this program you will integrate your professional knowledge and skills, current business practice and research principles to provide client focused solutions, leadership, and make executive decisions grounded in design theory within a global business environment.
On successful completion of this program you will be able to:
- Utilise a broad range of contemporary business knowledge, underpinned by continuous learning, in a manner that is culturally, socially and politically appropriate.
- Apply design thinking to complex problems and opportunities to develop creative solutions.
- Design client focused, forward thinking solutions to complex global problems and opportunities.
- Identify, communicate and advocate effective solutions that will address complex problems and opportunities.
- Lead people and organisations in an ethical sustainable manner to design solutions that add value to the organisations and the communities they serve.
- Apply and integrate professional theory with practice in authentic Work Integrated Learning (WIL) contexts, professional contexts and industry settings.
- Apply research principles and methods to design innovative options and solutions for, and make reasoned judgments about, problems and issues in contemporary business practice.
This program is not accredited by professional bodies. However, some professional bodies may offer qualification recognition post-graduation on a case by case basis. Students and/or graduates should contact the professional body of interest directly to seek advice on recognition of their qualification.
The table below lists the professional bodies who may offer membership to students and/or graduates as a career enabler which could include opportunities for networking and access to discipline specific resources. Application for membership is the student/graduate's responsibility.
Institute of Managers and Leaders [IML]
- Students may be eligible for membership category: Affiliate, Member or Associate Fellow (depending on experience)
- Graduates may be eligible for membership category: Affiliate, Member or Associate Fellow (depending on experience)
Please note: Course applications are due on Friday, 1 week prior to close of enrolment.
Academic Entrance requirements
- Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline with a GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0); or
- Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline and a GMAT overall minimum score of 600
Work Experience Requirement
A minimum of 3 years experience in a management role with supervisory responsibilities.
Significant work experience (8-10 years) with at least 5 years in a management role with supervisory responsibilities.
English Language Requirements
For information on English Language Requirements and acceptable English Language tests please see:
Please note: From 2016, BUSM4521 Design Thinking for Business (Executive) will replace OMBA600 Business in a Global Context.
BUSM4521 Design Thinking for Business (Executive) is the introductory unit and must be studied first.
If you have not completed OMBA600 Business in a Global Context prior to Session 1 2016, you will be required to complete Design thinking for Business (Executive) as your core unit.
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive) students must complete 4 core units.
The Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (Executive) is an exit point for the MBA(Executive).
The introductory unit, BUSM4521 Design Thinking for Business (Executive), requires attendance in Melbourne, Australia plus online follow-up work. Further information about this requirement will be provided at the time you accept your place into the course.
Applicants with enquiries about attendance requirements are encouraged to contact the Course Administrator.
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive) will articulate to the Executive MBA with advanced standing, and will be required to complete eight (8) units in order to qualify for the degree.
Credits and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT University’s Credit Policy.
If you wish to apply for RPL or Credit, please complete the below PDF form and attach it to your course application.
If you have already submitted your course application, please send your RPL/Credit application directly to RMIT via RMIT Connect
RMIT_Credit_RPL_Application_Form.pdf (661 KB)
As long as you meet the eligibility requirements for application to this degree, you can apply online now:
Admission into the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive) is required.
For assessments of eligibility, applicants must submit certified copies of official documents, which include:
- Academic transcripts
- Legal documents showing a change of name or date of birth (eg. marriage / birth certificate), if it appears differently on transcripts or records
Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.
Who can access it?
- Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
- Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
- Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study
- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
All existing students will be transitioned to the new program structure, and all course credits that have already been obtained will be recognised in the new structure.
The transition rules below will apply to students who have commenced the program prior to Session 1, 2016.
OMBA600 Business in a Global Context
If you HAVE completed OMBA600 Business in a Global Context prior to Sess 1 2016 you will not be required to complete BUSM4521 Design Thinking for Business (Exec) as a core course, however you can take this as one of your electives if you wish.
If you HAVE NOT completed OMBA600 prior to Sess 1 2016 you will be required complete BUSM4521 as one of your core courses as per the new Program Structure.
You are not required to complete OMBA600 as a core unit, but can complete it as an elective if you wish.
OMBA640 Corporate Social Responsibility & the Law
If you HAVE completed OMBA640 Corporate Social Responsibility & the Law prior to Sess 1 2016 you will not be required to complete BUSM4527 Managing Business Operations as a core unit, however you can take this as one of your electives if you wish.
If you HAVE NOT completed Corporate OMBA640 prior to Sess 1 2016 you will be required complete BUSM4527 as one of your core units as per the new Program Structure.
You are not required to complete OMBA640 as a core unit.
OMBA670 Change and Innovation
If you HAVE completed OMBA670 Change and Innovation prior to Sess 1 2016 you will not be required to complete BUSM4530 Managing Technology & Innovation Strategy as a core unit, however you can take this as one of your electives if you wish.
If you HAVE NOT completed OMBA670 prior to Sess 1 2016 you will be required complete BUSM4530 as one of your core units as per the new Program Structure.
You are not required to complete OMBA670 as a core unit, but can complete it as an elective if you wish.
OMBA700 Strategic Business Leadership
If you HAVE completed OMBA700 Strategic Business Leadership prior to Sess 1 2016 you will not be required to complete BUSM4524 Executive Consulting as a core unit, however you can take this as one of your electives if you wish.
If you HAVE NOT completed OMBA700 prior to Sess 1 2016 you will be required complete BUSM4524 as one of your core units as per the new Program Structure.
BUSM4449 Business Research Design
From Sess 1 2016, BUSM4449 Business Research Design will become a core unit, this will replace one elective in the course structure. As a result, the Executive MBA will now have only two elective units in the structure rather than three.
The transition rules relating to BUSM4449 Business Research Design are provided in the table below:
If you HAVE completed 3 Postgraduate Electives prior to Sess 1 2016 you will not be required to complete BUSM4449
If you HAVE NOT completed 3 Postgraduate Electives prior to Sess 1 2016, you will be required to complete BUSM4449 as a core unit.
You should only complete 2 Postgraduate Electives:
If you HAVE completed OMBA350 MBA Research Project prior to Sess 1 2016 it will be considered equivalent to BUSM4449 Business Research Design. In this circumstance, OMBA350 will be considered as a core unit in your program structure and you should not complete BUSM4449.
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