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Graduate Diploma in Business

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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About this course

Develop an understanding of the functional areas of business with this Graduate Diploma in Business.

Available either online, on-campus, or via a blend of both, this postgraduate course through Curtin University is ideal for students with a technical or non-business background.

Students will undertake a broad range of core business related subjects such as marketing, economics and accounting, to prepare them for leadership and management roles. The course also offers the opportunity to choose between a generalist business qualification, or specialise in strategic procurement.

Last modified: 19 Jan 2017


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed a bachelor's degree from a recognised tertiary institution; AND
  • Have a minimum of three years' subsequent relevant work experience; OR
  • Completed a Graduate Certificate in Business at Curtin University; AND
  • Attend an interview

Regardless of your chosen area of study, Curtin University also requires that you demonstrate sufficient competency in English.

Areas of study

In this business course, the subjects you may study include:

Business major:

  • Marketing for managers
  • Economics for managers
  • Organisational behaviour for managers
  • Financial and management accounting for business

Strategic Procurement major:

  • Economics for managers
  • Organisational behaviour for managers
  • Financial and management accounting for business
  • Strategic operations management
  • Contract and procurement optimisation
  • Marketing for managers OR Graduate business research project
  • Strategic project management

Plus your choice of a prescribed number of optional units from the following:

  • Business process improvement
  • Contemporary organisational issues
  • Corporate finance for managers
  • Digital marketing strategies
  • Entrepreneurship: innovation and commercialisation
  • Fundamentals of leadership
  • Graduate business research project
  • Human resource strategies
  • Innovation in decision quality
  • International business study tour
  • International oil and gas markets
  • Leading and facilitating teams
  • Legal framework for managers
  • Legal issues in human resources
  • Managerial effectiveness
  • Organisational change and development
  • Scenarios and strategy
  • Strategic customer leadership
  • Strategic information management
  • Strategic project management
  • Sustainability management strategies

You may be eligible for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

Ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities for 2016, Curtin University is a top-tier institution that puts innovation at the heart of its teaching philosophy.

Thanks to a combination of strong industry partnerships and a commitment to carrying out high-impact research, Curtin brings together some of the most respected researchers from around the globe and offers its students the opportunity to study and conduct research through more than 60 research centres, institutes and collaborations.

Curtin University’s core mission is to transform lives and communities through education. Its dedication to education access is reflected in the university’s array of scholarships and financial assistance programs, its years of experience offering courses online, and innovative initiatives such as its Autism Academy program – a program that aims to harness the unique talents of young people with Autism to provide pathways into the ICT industry.

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Curtin University offers a broad range of student support services to help you perform at your best.Online students have 24-hour access to Curtin’s online learning platform, Blackboard, where they can interact with coursework, submit assignments and collaborate with fellow students. If you encounter any technical problems, Curtin’s IT support team is contactable from 6am-11pm every day during the semester. Curtin also runs free study skills workshops and student mentoring programs on campus to help you progress through your course.

The university also provides support for online and on-campus students that extends beyond your academic studies. This includes free counseling sessions, disability support services and careers advice through its Careers Centre.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Business from Curtin University.

This course will prepare graduates to move into senior leadership and management roles.

For those looking to pursue further study, this course is an ideal pathway into other postgraduate degrees in business administration, including a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Curious about where a career in business could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Accountant
  • Office Administrator
  • Management Consultant
  • Team Leader
  • Secretary
  • Marketing Officer
  • Business Development Manager
  • Department Manager
  • Project Consultant
  • Business Coordinator

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Curtin University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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