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Graduate Diploma in  Business Administration

Program code: 5079
CRICOS code: 022210G


Brisbane City


1 Year full-time


Semester 1 (13 Jan, 2020)
Semester 2 (03 Jul, 2020)

The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration provides a comprehensive overview of the business disciplines and is a stepping-stone to our MBA.

  • This one-year program is made up of courses from our MBA. Courses are designed to develop and advance the knowledge, skills and insights that companies want.
  • Benefit from a flexible program that welcomes people from diverse professional backgrounds. You can also tailor your studies to suit your personal interests or career goals.
  • Complete one compulsory course and select seven additional courses. Courses will develop your leadership skills and teach you about a broad range of areas, including finance, marketing, HR, and operations.
  • Progress to the Master of Business Administration when you complete the admission requirements. Because courses in the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration are taken from the MBA course list, you can transfer study credits to the MBA.

The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration develops a suite of advanced skills to get your future on track.

  • Beyond the classroom

    The cohort effect

    What puts the UQ MBA in a league of its own is the people. Students are drawn to the UQ MBA for a diversity of thinking. The variety of student backgrounds makes for engaging and entertaining classroom debates. As you get to know your peers, you'll build lifelong friendships to support you throughout your career.

  • Teaching staff

    World-leading academics

    UQ Business School is home to some of the most innovative educators in Australia, who are bound to challenge your thinking. Many also work in consultancy for leading companies, agencies and organisations to help them address the challenges they face.

  • Fast Facts

    Stay ahead of the game

    Our business programs are regularly updated to include topical and innovative study areas. Our courses reflect the world right now and address constantly evolving issues in areas like sustainability, climate, entrepreneurship and new technologies.

  • Professional experience

    Position yourself for success

    Whether your goal is to accelerate your career, switch industries or start your own business, the UQ MBA Career Resource Centre is here to help. The team will support your career aspirations to move forward in a globally competitive market. 

Career outcomes

The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration will equip you with business skills that are relevant to a wide range of careers, including leadership and business consultancy positions.

UQ graduates with qualifications in business typically take leading roles in a large number of companies, agencies and organisations across the private and public sectors, and work everywhere from small start-ups to large multinational organisations.

  • Professional experience

    Solve the business problems of tomorrow

    Build your practical management skills beyond the classroom with industry-based learning. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and leadership skills while working with an unmatched set of industry partners to solve complex business problems. 

  • Research

    Join an extensive global alumni and business network

    We value our alumni and industry partners and offer our students access to these networks.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (13 Jan, 2020)
    Semester 2 (03 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Brisbane City
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Bachelor degree or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4 and four years full-time work experience post-graduation, including at least two years full-time work experience gained while working in a dedicated supervisory/management role as approved by the Executive Dean; or

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from UQ or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4; or

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from UQ or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4.

International applicants must complete the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 550.

A student may be required to pass a qualifying examination in basic computing, written communication, and basic mathematics and statistics before enrolment is approved.

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

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration 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.

Learn more about entry requirements

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. 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.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

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 $53,872
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 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 online

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All international student applications for the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration is 5079. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

The following supporting documentation is required for all applications. Please ensure that you have included ALL required documentation when you submit your application:

  • Official transcripts of previous studies.
  • Evidence of work experience including details of management experience in the form of a CV. Please ensure that your CV includes your full work history, and outlines the major activities you undertake on a daily basis.
  • Two written references that are work related. Your referees need to substantiate the nature of your work and the managerial duties you currently perform. They should verify details including but not limited to: managing a team of people, managing client accounts, the managerial components of any major projects you have been directly responsible for, and/or financial delegations for which you are directly responsible. All references must be to the satisfaction of the MBA Director.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration is:

  • To commence study in Semester 1 - October 31 of the previous year.

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

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