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Introduction to Business

Want to break into the corporate world, but don't have a strong study background? We can help you enrol in online business courses, even if you don’t have the right ATAR or study experience. These study options are designed to ease you into university life, and cover essential topics like finance, marketing, leadership and technology. You’ll earn the industry skills you need to explore entry-level jobs or enrol in a higher business degree.

All courses are delivered 100% online by universities from across Australia. This means that while you’ll gain entry through us, you will study directly with the university of your choice.

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Online business subjects and short courses

University of Tasmania


Applied Business Foundations

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 22 Jul 2024

Next enrolment closes 14 Jul

Curtin University

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Aug 2024

Curtin University


Organisational Culture

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 25 Nov 2024

University of South Australia

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 24 Jun 2024

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Online business degrees

Griffith University


Bachelor of Business

Get the professional skills employers are looking for

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Sport Management
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
University of Tasmania


Diploma of Applied Business

Get real business skills that unlock opportunities

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

University of the Sunshine Coast


Diploma in Business

Find out what business is all about

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

Southern Cross University


Diploma of Business

Take a specialised pathway into the world of business

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

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Discover 43 ways to study business with leading Australian universities.

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Why should you study business online?

Learn from the best: This is your chance to access some of Australia’s best university business schools from the comfort of your own home. As an online student, you’ll meet emerging professionals from all over the country and make connections that could pay off in the real world. 

Enjoy flexibility and control: We’ll help you study with your university in a way that suits your lifestyle. If you want to keep working full-time while studying in your spare time, you’ll have the flexibility to do so. And if you don’t meet the entry requirements for business elsewhere, we’ll help you get into a qualification through subjects that are open to everyone

Look to the future: These business courses can prepare you for roles in administration, office management or project management. You could even strike out on your own as an entrepreneur. With administrative and support jobs tipped to grow by 6.4% before 2026, it’s a good time to choose this path.

What business course is right for me?

If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend taking our 2-minute quiz. After you answer a few quick questions about your goals, interests and experience, we’ll share a list of the most relevant course options.  

How do I enrol?

Here at Open Universities Australia, we make enrolling online as straightforward as possible. To get started, find the course for you by browsing the options on this page. You can also compare different qualifications using our handy comparison tool, or request help from one of our student advisors.

When you’ve made your choice, click ‘Apply now’ on the relevant course page and follow the prompts to begin your enrolment. We’ll ask you to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI) during this process.

Your university will get in touch with you via email to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.

If you get stuck at any time, reach out to us and we’ll talk you through it.

You can also take a look at our online self-service enrolling instructions.

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for a course?

Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we may be able to help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study.

Chat with us to find out more.

Why should I study online through Open Universities Australia?

There are a lot of reasons to study your course online through us.

  • You can enrol without entry requirements 
    We have a unique open-door policy that makes it possible for everyone to enrol in university study, no matter their academic history. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a degree, we’ll help you get in through single undergraduate subjects and transition into a qualification from there.
  • You have total control over how you study
    Upskill without committing to a whole degree upfront. Or enrol in a full degree, but take it a subject at a time. We’ll introduce you to flexible study options you didn’t even know about, so you can fit uni around what matters to you.
  • You’ll graduate with the same qualification as an on-campus student
    Once you enrol through us, you’ll study online with the university that provides your degree. This means that when you complete your qualification, you’ll graduate with the same degree as on-campus students.
  • We’ll help you navigate the university world
    Our friendly student advisors will be your guide every step of the enrolment journey. They'll help you compare universities, choose a course, provide documentation and understand your finance options.

What you'll learn in a business course

These online business courses will give you the skills you need to thrive in a busy office environment. You’ll have the opportunity to build your knowledge in:

  • strategic thinking and problem solving
  • leadership and communication
  • digital technology
  • accounting and finance fundamentals
  • marketing fundamentals
  • project management.

Once you’ve completed your studies, you’ll know how businesses operate and where you can contribute your strengths. You’ll also understand how to effectively lead teams, supervise projects and manage relationships. With well-rounded skills like these, you’ll be free to establish yourself in any industry.

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