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Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive)
For students entering with a qualification from a different discipline
Drive innovation and change to create value for your organisation. Study design thinking for business, accounting, marketing and leading people and companies. Graduates may be eligible for membership to the Australian Institute of Management.
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On successful completion of this degree 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 degree 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)
In this degree 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.
Please note: Applications are due on Friday, 1 week prior to close of enrolment.
Academic Entrance Requirement
- 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.
Work and Life
Significant work experience (8-10 years) with at least 5 years in a management role with supervisory responsibilities.
English Proficiency Requirements
For information on English Language Requirements and acceptable English Language tests please see:
To be eligible for admission to an RMIT program applicants must be at least 16 years of age by the commencement date of the program in which they want to enrol.
On campus requirements
The introductory subject, 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 degree.
Applicants with enquiries about attendance requirements are encouraged to contact the Degree 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) subjects 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 degree application.
If you have already submitted your degree application, please send your RPL/Credit application directly to RMIT via RMIT Connect
RMIT Credit RPL Application Form (661 KB)
Submit a referee recommendation from either your supervisor or from a professional peer using the referee recommendation form.
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 degree 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 degree develops forward thinking leaders underpinned by contemporary business knowledge, practice and research. The degree 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 degree 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.
Recommended Study Pattern
BUSM4521 Design Thinking for Business (Executive) is the introductory subject 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 subject.
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive) students must complete 4 core subjects.
The Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (Executive) is an exit point for the MBA (Executive).
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.
All existing students will be transitioned to the new degree structure, and all subject 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 subject, 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 subjects as per the new Program Structure.
You are not required to complete OMBA600 as a core subject, 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 subject, 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 subjects as per the new Program Structure.
You are not required to complete OMBA640 as a core subject.
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 subject, 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 subjects as per the new Program Structure.
You are not required to complete OMBA670 as a core subject, 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 subject, 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 subjects as per the new Program Structure.
BUSM4449 Business Research Design
From Sess 1 2016, BUSM4449 Business Research Design will become a core subject, this will replace one elective in the degree structure. As a result, the Executive MBA will now have only two elective subjects 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 subject.
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 subject in your program structure and you should not complete BUSM4449.
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