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
  • 752302
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Trimester 1 (22 Jan, 2018)
    Trimester 3 (03 Sep, 2018)
  • Program level
    UQ College
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 6

Entry requirements


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

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.

Courses and Programs

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