Graduate Certificate in Business

Course Information

View entry requirements, career options and what’s available to you, through our extensive student support network below.

Entry requirements

  • An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent, or higher-level qualification in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution.
  • Applicants without a bachelor degree, but who have a minimum five (5) years approved work experience, will be considered for admission to this course.

Career options

Graduates will be continuously challenged to think critically and to develop useful insights about the concepts and principles of making better business decisions. Students will acquire advanced business skills they can apply to a range of government, private and non-profit organisations in Australia or overseas, in roles as diverse as:


  • Accounting and finance
  • Business analytics
  • Economics
  • Human resources
  • Marketing

Student support

VU Online provides you with the support you need, when you need it, during your course. Our support network has a single focus on ensuring you are entirely supported to succeed in your studies.

Our highly experienced academics are responsive and accessible and understand how to deliver a quality online learning experience. You will also be introduced to your very own Student Success Advisor, who provides motivation and one-on-one personalised assistance with non-academic matters throughout your course.

You’ll experience the support of your community through chat, virtual seminars and discussion board activity. Remember, your support network is only a phone call and email away.

Fees and FEE-Help

A Graduate Certificate in Business from VU Online costs $3,500 - $3,650 per unit*, taking the total for 4 units to $14,000 - $14,600*.

This depends on the number of units you study and whether you are eligible for Advanced Standing, which is assessed after you submit your application.

Note that you may be eligible for the Australian Government’s loan scheme, FEE-HELP. The loans are available to assist eligible full-fee paying students with the cost of a university program. It can be used for all or part of the tuition. To determine your eligibility, visit the FEE-HELP website.

*2023 student fees are shown and are subject to change.

For more information on fees and student support, download a brochure.

How online study works

Studying with VU Online means that you can undertake postgraduate study without having to attend on-campus classes. This makes it easy to fit study around existing commitments including work and family. You will be able to access your coursework, resources, assignment details and individual feedback from facilitators, all from your online learning environment, VU Collaborate.

Chat with fellow students, compare research notes and collaborate on group tasks – it’s all possible with our seamless, community-focused platform.

With VU Online, you will study just one unit at a time under our award-winning Block Model. Learn about our postgraduate online Block Model with this YouTube video.

With VU Online, you can rest assured you will find support from our responsive academics and facilitators, as well as your dedicated Student Success Advisor throughout your study.

How to apply

VU online has simplified the application process, involving just three key steps.

  1. Speak to one of our Student Enrolment Advisors, who will help you determine your eligibility for the program and whether it suits your career goals. Our advisor will keep you informed of all the application requirements and what to expect during the process. They can also suggest flexible study plans for your circumstances.
  2. Begin your online application and submit the required documentation. This may include a copy of your CV and academic transcript.
  3. Upon completing your application, you will receive a confirmation email or an email letting you know if you need to provide any additional information.

Learn about our postgraduate online Block Model and how it can empower you to create your own success story.

What you'll study

Students will complete four units of their choice from the list below.

Business Administration units

  • Marketing Management
  • Business Ethics and Sustainability
  • Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management and Business Policy
  • Business Analytics and Visualisation

Finance units

  • Financial Analysis
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Finance

Financial Planning units

  • Principles of Financial and Investment Planning
  • Superannuation and Retirement Wealth Planning
  • Taxation Law of Australia

Change Management units

  • Agile Project and Change Management
  • Organisational Change Management
  • Technological Change and Innovation
  • Managing Change and Complexity

Human Resources units

  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Organisation Change Management
  • Performance Management and Rewards

Leadership units

  • Art and Practice of Leadership
  • Business Consulting

Economics for Business units

  • Strategic Business Relationships
  • Competition and Differentiation
  • Business and Economic Forecasting
  • Supply and Demand Strategy for Pricing

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • Completion of an Australian bachelor/honours degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline; OR
  • A minimum of five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course. Applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV).
Units of study

Units of study

VU Online’s Graduate Certificate in Business Administration covers four core areas of business and management, equipping you with the understanding and industry knowledge expected of future workplace leaders.

  • Strategic Management and Business Policy
  • Business Ethics and Sustainability
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Analysis

For more information about the units of study, download a brochure.

Career options

Career options

Graduates of VU Online’s Graduate Certificate in Business Administration are well placed to make their next career move.

From taking the leap to a middle or senior management role to effectively running your own small business, a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will give you an edge and help progress your business career to the next level.

Typical job titles:

  • Account Executive
  • Project Manager
  • Systems Manager
  • Financial Project Manager
  • Marketing Manager

Why study with VU Online?

Ranked among the world’s top two per cent of universities, VU Online is respected by employers and professionals alike.

We offer degrees that empower you to progress over time, putting your dream qualification in reach – regardless of educational background.

Known for industry-focused courses as well as high-calibre facilitators and academics, VU Online combines a track record in tertiary education that puts students first with a deep understanding of contemporary online learning.

Study with VU Online and you’ll be part of a vibrant, virtual community of like-minded peers, actively supported to achieve your professional goals.

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