Warning! This degree has changed. Read the transition arrangements. 

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 This degree has been withdrawn and is no longer available for new applicants.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.

Degree structure

Degree details

At completion of this course, graduates will be able to:

  1. Critique and apply developed knowledge of the functions of management and complex and contextual environmental pressures, that impact on mangers’ roles from the perspective of general and/or specialist manager
  2. Apply analytical, critical and technical skill sets enabling students to clearly define business problems and develop a range of possible solutions drawing on a wide evidence base
  3. Apply a managerial and emergent leadership skill set and knowledge base to influence a range of stakeholders using a variety of presentation media
  4. Apply critical and research skills necessary to prepare students for successful further postgraduate study and the transfer of learning to the workplace
  5. Understand and reflect on the impact of self on stakeholder engagement, teamwork processes and the outcomes of leadership styles and strategies.

Higher education

A recognised bachelor degree in business as well as 12 months of relevant work experience. 
Please note: Applicants with a recognised bachelor degree in another discipline (other than business), as well as 12 months relevant work experience, may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate level.

Work and Life

Three (3) years relevant work experience. Applicants are also required to submit a 500 – 750 word statement demonstrating their suitability to the course as assessed by the Course Coordinator.

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements

Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: 70%; OR, obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; OR, a TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5); OR, a TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 79, with no individual band below 18; OR, equivalent levels of English language proficiency using other English language tests or measures as approved by the Senior DVC & Provost.

Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this degree may be granted ‘credit’ and/or entry to the degree with ‘advanced standing’. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training.

For information on how to apply for credit please refer to Swinburne’s website at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/advanced-standing-rpl.html

Please note: The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Graduate Certificate in Business Management is 50 credit points (normally four subjects).

The Graduate Certificate of Business Management will introduce a conceptual framework that embraces sustainable business practices (integrating commercial, environmental and people dimensions of organisational goals and practices). This approach provides a basis for developing critical thinking skills associated with the role and functions of management in the current complex and shifting business environment.
The Graduate Certificate of Business Management has an entry requirement that includes business experience, affording students some understanding of the business context as a basis for exploring the foundation subjects of management and marketing, and also for developing their chosen business specialisms. The degree prepares students to move into and access management roles in all industry sectors.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Business Management, students must complete four subjects (50 credit points) comprising of:

  • Two (2) core subjects of study (25 points)
  • Two (2) elective subjects of study (25 credit points)

Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne subjects that you have already passed.

Absent Without Leave and Leave of Absence: How to apply for an approved leave of absence and minimise the risk of having to reapply for degree admission: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/current/AWOL-and-LOA.html

The Master of Business Management and nested courses including the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma went into teach out from Study Period 1, 2017. Please refer to the teach out information below to see how you are affected by these changes.

No further admissions are permitted into any of the levels within the suite.

If you are continuing in the Master of Business Management or the nested Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma it is imperative that you take in to consideration the last offerings of any units that are in teach out. 

For advice on which units need to be completed, please see here.