Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate of Business is embedded in the Graduate Diploma and Master of Business Administration (Business Analytics) and has been designed as both an exit qualification and a pathway into postgraduate study.

The overall aim of the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration is to provide a flexible, student-centred and academically rigorous course of study, which seeks to develop students’ intellectual skills and competencies and give them a sound foundation for further postgraduate level study in their chosen discipline.

This course seeks to provide students with a postgraduate level of knowledge, competencies and values necessary for a fulfilling career in various areas of business administration and management. For this reason, students are required to undertake four core business units: finance for corporate managers, strategic communication and negotiation, strategic marketing management and people, culture and agile leadership.

Key information

CRICOS Code: 111560M


6 months full time

AQF level:



Sydney and Melbourne

Course Intakes:

February, May, August, October


Domestic and International

Credit points per unit:


Total Credit Points
required for award:


2023 Fees

Course tuition Fee
Over 6 months


Fee per unit:



All fees and charges listed are in Australian dollars. Fees are subject to change without notice. Course fees are to be paid in full before enrolment/selection of subjects in any given semester. AIH ensures that the conditions and processes for international and domestic students to apply for a refund of tuition fees are equitable and comply with government regulations. Refer to Refund Policy for International and Domestic Students.

What you will learn

Study Hours

As a student, you will need to allocate time to attend classes. Generally, if you are studying full-time, you will have between 8 hours of classes each week, on- campus. In addition, you will need to set aside a minimum of 10-12 hours each week in your own time to complete assignments, readings, projects and prepare for quizzes and presentations.


Your studies at AIH will encompass practical, professionally focused, and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • Reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations.
  • Essays and assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Practicals and team-based projects
  • Q&A

Learning Outcomes

  • Relate relevant business principles and concepts to a variety of situations.
  • Demonstrate business knowledge and skills required to solve business problems.
  • Review the current business environment using a range of information sources and concepts.
  • Apply knowledge and skills required to recognise and suggest solutions to clearly defined problems.
  • Discuss leadership, management and interpersonal skills required when working on a consulting or other project independently and in teams.


Graduates at this level will have technical and theoretical knowledge in a specific area or a broad field of work and learning


Graduates at this level will have broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:

  • Analyse and evaluate information to complete a range of activities.
  • Transmit information and skills to others.


Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility in:

  • Known or changing contexts.
  • Within broad but established parameters.

Units you will study


To complete this course, you will need to pass 4 Units. This consists of 4 core units.

Level 4000 (AQF 8)+

MBA4001 Finance for Corporate Managers-

Unit Description:

Unit Description:

When it comes to numbers, there is always more than “meets the eye”. Managers must be able to read the “story” that the balance sheet and income statements talk about a company’s operations in order to be able to use it as a tool for decision-making relating to current assets, current liabilities and the
management of working capital.

This unit will enable students to understand the financial consequences of strategic decisions and equip them with tools to integrate the financial approach into decision-making.

The unit explores concepts and principles of business finance such as understanding financial statements, as well as the time value of money, risk and return, capital budgeting and working capital to provide a foundational understanding of financial management and decision-making in business.

MBA4002 Communication and Negotiations-

Unit Description:

Working in a global, cross-cultural role requires effective communication with individuals and groups from different parts of the world. The success of a leader depends on his or her ability to work effectively with people who may understand and react to situations differently. Therefore, the ability to communicate and negotiate effectively is a foundational skill for professionals of every type and industry. Everyone negotiates frequently with internal and external customers, suppliers, employees, department leaders, bosses and more.

This unit will allow students to communicate more effectively, identify negotiation opportunities, address conflicts and gain an understanding of the unique challenges that exist when individuals, groups and organisations face potential or existing conflict through the exploration of a broad spectrum of negotiation strategies, new tactics to solve ongoing differences and models for securing cooperation and agreement in competitive environments.

MPM4001 Organisational Context and Roles in Project Management-

Unit Description:

In project management, understanding the importance and relationship between organisational context and projects is paramount.

In this unit, students will learn the internal and external organisational context in which projects are formed, executed, supported and evaluated. Engagement with project stakeholders and the impact organisational context has on defining the roles, responsibilities and level of collaboration required by a project team for successful project delivery will also be discussed.

MBA4004 People, Culture and Agile Leadership-

Unit Description:

The aim of this unit is to develop a student’s understanding of the influence culture, politics and power have on the behaviour of others in an organisational context. Students will understand the key influences which affect the behaviuour of individuals and teams within organisations, and how these in turn affect them.

This will be achieved through a strong appreciation of working in a team, having a more profound perspective of what makes people and organisations do what they do, and how to adjust one’s own behaviour to reflect the circumstances and situation. Students will be able to undertake the Clifton
Strengths Finder Assessment to help them gain security when working as part of a team.

They will be introduced to agile leadership so that they become aware that leading through difficult times requires agility to leverage, not react to, the turbulence around them, and manage their teams, networks, and themselves by cultivating a flexible, responsive, and collaborative culture at work

Exit Point: Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

What you will achieve

  • Gain advanced expertise in project management principles.
  • Experience flexible, student-centred learning.
  • Attain postgraduate-level knowledge.
  • Develop competencies for diverse business administration roles.
  • Foster ethical values and adhere to professional standards.

Career Opportunities

Potential career paths

  • Financial Planning Analyst
  • Project Coordinator
  • Leadership Development Consultant
  • Corporate Financial Analyst

Entry Requirements

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How to Apply

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Further Study

Completion of this qualification provides direct entry and advanced standing into:

Related Courses

Graduate Certificate of Project Management

CRICOS Code: 111563H

Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems

CRICOS Code: 105294H