Graduate Certificate in International Business - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

The 2018 course information for this course is now available. View 2018 course details.

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

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The Graduate Certificate in International Business is a stand-alone award that offers a pathway for further learning leading to the Master of International Business, or can be an early exit point for those enrolled in the Master of International Business. The course 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.

The Graduate Certificate in International Business is designed to prepare you for a career in international corporate, government or not-for-profit organisations.  The course builds the knowledge and skills necessary for critical and creative approaches to international business by providing advanced study in contemporary international business theory and practice that is supported by ethical and sustainable business decision-making. It will also provide you with the capacity to address the international regulation of business and critically evaluate the impacts of decisions and practice through case studies and interactive and experiential learning activities.

The Graduate Certificate of International Business will develop a body of knowledge and skills in international business. The specific learning outcomes of this program relate to the development of knowledge and skills in research, operational leadership, cross-cultural competency, analytical and technical competency, problem- solving and effective communication.  The application of these will be demonstrated through interactive and experiential learning activities, case studies and assessments.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad, critical and practical understanding of contemporary issues and practices in business
  2. Evaluate and apply concepts, principles, theories, methods and contemporary practices in the area of international business to a range of organisational settings. 
  3. Demonstrate a reflective and critical awareness of the legal, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of business operations, processes and decisions.
  4. Conduct and manage business activities across borders, cultures and communities ethically and sustainably.
  5. Communicate clearly and persuasively to negotiate, consult, and engage with clients, employees and other stakeholders.
  6. Apply research principles and methods to design innovative options and solutions for, and make reasoned judgements about, problems and issues in contemporary business practice.
  7. Apply and integrate professional theory with practice in authentic Work Integrated Learning (WIL) contexts, professional contexts and industry settings.

Academic Entrance requirements:
Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline.

Alternate entry:
No prior academic qualifications but a minimum of 5 years work experience is required.

English Language Requirements:
For information on English Language Requirements and acceptable English Language tests please see:

International students currently residing in Australia on an international student visa, will not be eligible for the program.

To meet the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in International Business award, students must satisfactorily complete 4 compulsory core units.

The Graduate Certificate in International Business is an early exit point for the Master of International Business.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Sustainable International Business Futures
BUSM4389 RMI Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Accounting for Sustainable Management
ACCT2230 RMI - Sess 2 -
Managing Across Cultures
BUSM4359 RMI - Sess 2 -
Contemporary Issues in International Management
BUSM4101 RMI Sess 1 Sess 2 -

Subject to successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in International Business, students will be admitted into the Master of International Business.

Credits and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT University's Credit Policy.

Admission into the Graduate Certificate in International Business 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
You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

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

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

Please note: The Master of International Business has undergone a change due to changes in the Australian Qualification Framework. Students who started their degree prior to 2015 can continue with the pre2015 course. All students beginning their studies from 2015 will need to study the new course structure.

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