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Warning! This degree has been withdrawn and is no longer available for new applicants. Students who are already working towards this degree can continue to enrol in subjects.
Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
Lead change with innovation
Understand the processes for financing, production, marketing and strategic management. Address issues in contemporary settings and acquire the knowledge and skills to take up management roles with private, public and not-for-profit businesses.
On the successful completion of this degree you will be able to:
- Utilise design thinking to provide options when addressing business problems
- Exercise operational leadership by managing organisational resources and tasks with an awareness of legal, ethical social, economic and environmental implications of business processes
- Consult and pitch to clients using persuasive oral and written communication, in a range of contexts
- Apply research principles and methods to design innovative solutions to business problems, and make reasoned judgments about, problems and issues in contemporary business practice.
This program is not accredited by a professional body. However, some professional bodies 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 degree.
The information below lists the professional bodies who may offer membership for 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)
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Guiding the development of the College of Business, both nationally and internationally, is an Industry Advisory Board of high-profile executives. The Program Advisory Committee also provides feedback on the currency of our programs, the changing needs of Industry and has input into the design of new programs.
The range of degree learning outcomes addressed in the degree improves graduate employability by responding to the expectations of employers.
In this degree you will develop and apply specialised knowledge of business operations and processes, approaches to leadership and design based strategies, to create and address a range of organisational issues as a global manager.
- Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline with a GPA of 1.0 (out of 4.0); or
- Australian Bachelor Degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline and GMAT overall minimum score of 550.
Work and Life
No prior academic qualifications but a minimum of 5 years full-time (FTE) work experience is required.
Applicants will be required to submit a CV.
English Proficiency 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.
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will articulate to the Master of Business Administration 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.
NOTE: This degree has been withdrawn from 2019 and is no longer accepting new applicants or enrolments.
A Practical MBA infused with Business Design Thinking: Empowering aspiring managers to lead change with innovation.
The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is a stand-alone award that offers a pathway for further learning leading to the Master of Business Administration, or can be an early exit point for those enrolled in the Master of Business Administration. The 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 Business Administration provides recent graduates with the opportunity to acquire contemporary business knowledge and skills to take up leadership roles with private, public and non-for-profit organisations. This degree will provide you with specialised knowledge and skills to manage the operational needs of organisations by interpreting and negotiating processes for the financing, production and marketing of goods and/or services, and contributing to strategic management. You will be provided with various opportunities to employ business design thinking to provide innovative solutions to contemporary business problems.
This degree provides learning experiences to apply management theories and concepts across core business operations. You will be involved in a variety of face-to-face and online learning activities, which include lectures, simulations and other experiential activities, including seminars, individual and team presentations, preparing business reports and preparing and presenting business consulting projects. The degree also provides podcasts, video and discussion forums that are accessed online through the learning management system.
This degree emphasises practicalities and skills to address real work issues in contemporary business settings. The program is a pathway to success in business for recent graduates with only a few years of working experience.
Recommended Study Pattern
The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is comprised of four (4) core discipline subjects. These are the first 4 subjects (Stage A) in the Master of Finance:
BUSM4536 Design Thinking for Business
OMBA780 Financial Analytics for Managerial Decisions
OMBA790 Leadership and Management
OMBA820 Marketing for Managers
Students are required to start with BUSM4536 Design Thinking for Business.
Students who successfully complete the RMIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration may articulate into the Master of Business Administration and will be exempted from completing the four (4) Business Enabling subjects and the four (4) discipline subjects completed in the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, and will be required to complete a further eight (8) subjects (96 credit points) in order to qualify for the Masters degree.
The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is an early exit point for the Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Please note: The Master of Business Administration (MBA) has undergone a change due to changes in the Australian Qualification Framework.
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.
OMBA770 Introduction to Business Management
If you HAVE completed OMBA770 Introduction to Business Management prior to Sess 1 2016, you will not be required to complete Design Thinking for Business as a core unit, however you can take this as one of your electives if you wish.
If you HAVE NOT completed OMBA770 prior to Sess 1 2016 you will be required complete BUSM4536 Design Thinking for Business as one of your core units as per the new Program Structure.
You are not required to complete OMBA770 as a core unit, but can complete it as an elective if you wish.
OMBA800 Business & Economic Analysis
If you HAVE completed OMBA800 Business & Economic Analysis prior to Sess 1 2016, OMBA800 will be counted as one of your two electives. You will be able to complete 1 other elective as per your original program structure.
If you HAVE NOT completed MBA800 prior to Sess 1 2016 you will not need to complete this unit in order to complete the MBA, however you can take it as an elective if you wish.
OMBA860 Business Operations (Strategy & Application)
If you HAVE completed OMBA860 Business Operations (Strategy & Application) prior to Sess 1 2016, you will not be required to complete BUSM4533 Business Operations Management as a core unit, however you can take this as one of your electives if you wish.
If you HAVE NOT completed OMBA860 prior to Sess 1 2016, you will be required complete BUSM4533 as one of your core unit as per the new Program Structure.
You are not required to complete OMBA860 as a core unit, but can complete it as an elective if you wish.
OMBA810 People & Organisations
If you HAVE completed OMBA810 People & Organisations prior to Sess 1 2016, you will not be required to complete BUSM4539 Management of Technology and Innovation as a core unit, however you can take this as one of your electives if you wish.
If you HAVE NOT completed OMBA810 prior to Sess 1 2016, you will be required complete BUSM4539 as one of your core units as per the new Program Structure.
You are not required to complete OMBA810 as a core unit, but can complete it as an elective if you wish.
OMBA830 Corporate Governance & Regulation
From Sess 2 2015, OMBA830 Corporate Governance & Regulation ceased to be a core unit, and BUSM4449 Business Research Design became a core unit. Transition guidelines were published at the time for all students affected by this change. Under these transition rules, students who had not completed OMBA830 by the end of Sess 2 2015 were required to complete BUSM4449 as a core unit. For those students who completed OMBA830 prior to, or in Sess 2 2015, this will remain a core unit, however they can elect to complete BUSM4449 as an elective.