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Associate Degree in Business

Program code: 1604
CRICOS code: 075145G

Delivery location

St Lucia


1.3 Years full-time


Trimester 1 (22 Jan, 2018)
Trimester 3 (03 Sep, 2018)

Got a mind for business and the determination to succeed? The Associate Degree in Business is your first step towards a career in business. It's for anyone who might have followed an unconventional path to uni, or who just needs a place to start.

  • The Associate Degree in Business is a 16-month program offered by UQ College that will build your skills in mathematics and writing, and develop your core knowledge in areas of business management, accounting, marketing, law and finance.
  • Learn from a dedicated team at UQ College, who have extensive experience and industry connections. You'll be supported to achieve your goals through a student-centred learning approach, small classes, specialist teachers and excellent facilities.
  • Benefit from a program offered through the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. If you achieve a grade point average of 4.0 (out of 7) in the associate degree, you can upgrade into the Bachelor of Business Management with three semesters' credit.
  • Join a long tradition of achievement and success. More than 85 per cent of graduates in the Associate Degree in Business gain entry into the undergraduate program of their choice, either at The University of Queensland, or at other universities.

As an Associate Degree in Business graduate, you'll have a solid foundation in the theory and practice of business management, so you can find employment or pursue further study.

  • Campus Life

    Join the UQ community

    The Associate Degree in Business is taught through UQ College, which is owned by The University of Queensland. UQ College students study at St Lucia campus and have access to the same services and facilities as other UQ students.

  • Diversity

    We're a diverse bunch

    UQ College offers an inclusive, diverse and welcoming learning environment. Our staff work collaboratively with students to support high-quality learning and to help students overcome obstacles and succeed in their studies.

  • Professional experience

    Link up with industry

    The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law's Student Employability Team (SET) helps students advance their careers with a range of professional opportunities. These include internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

  • Professional experience

    Give back and grow your network

    The Community Engagement Program (CEP) gives you opportunities to work on real-life projects with not-for-profit and community organisations. In small groups, you'll apply your classroom knowledge and experience, and develop your leadership and networking skills.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Associate Degree in Business possess core knowledge and skills that are valued in a large number of entry-level roles in business.

Overwhelmingly, our graduates choose to continue their studies and enrol in the Bachelor of Business Management, or other undergraduate programs, which offer greater professional opportunities across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Trimester 1 (22 Jan, 2018)
    Trimester 3 (03 Sep, 2018)
  • Program level
    UQ College
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 6
  • CRICOS code

Entry requirements


Completion of Year 12 or equivalent. English or English Communication, and Mathematics are recommended.

View the equivalent qualifications for international students.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Associate Degree in Business are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Associate Degree in Business are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Associate Degree in Business. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $47,040
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Associate Degree in Business for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 24 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to UQ College

If you would like to apply to UQ College, please complete the International student application for UQ College (PDF, 323KB)

If you would like to be considered for the Bachelor of Business Management pathway, please complete the International student application for UQ College, and apply online for the Bachelor of Business Management.

If you are unable to access the online application, please email to request a hard-copy form.

Additional application information

The indicative annual fee for the Associate Degree in Business is based on three trimesters.

Important dates

The academic year at UQ College is divided into trimesters.

The closing date for the Associate Degree in Business is:

  • To commence study in Trimester 1 - 15 October of previous year
  • To commence study in Trimester 3 - 1 June of current year

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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