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What to expect

The Executive Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is one of the courses offered in QUT's Master of Business Administration (MBA) suite. This course is effectively one-third of the Executive MBA program and allows professionals to update their skills and acquire in-depth knowledge and skills in the core discipline areas of business.

Careers and outcomes

Course articulation

Articulation into the Executive MBA program is possible after successful completion of the Executive Graduate Certificate in Business Administration with a minimum grade point average of 4.5 (on QUT’s 7-point scale).

Possible careers

  • Administrator
  • Manager
  • Senior Professional

Details and units

Course core structure:

  • Strategic Management
  • Communicating to Influence
  • Systems Thinking for Managers
  • Problem Framing for Creative Action
  • Personal Leadership and Change

Unit options:

  • Data Analysis and Decision Making
  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Marketing Strategically
  • Understanding and Leading Others
  • Economics in Business


Course code
  • External
  • Gardens Point
  • Canberra
12 months part-time

Academic entry requirement

A completed recognised bachelor degree in any field with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 (on QUT's 7-point scale); and

You have a minimum of five years full-time post degree work experience with a minimum of three years relevant professional work experience and two years minimum supervisory/management experience; and

You must provide two referee reports. The proforma for the referee report is available here on the QUT Business School website.


At the discretion of the Course Coordinator or nominee, applicants may also be required to:

  • Sit the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), the worldwide standard in aptitude assessment for admission to postgraduate management programs, and achieve a minimum score of 550. GMAT details (PDF file, 271.78 KB)
  • Attend an interview with the Course Coordinator or nominee


Applicants without a bachelor degree may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration with a minimum of 9 years work experience (6 years minimum equivalent professional work experience plus 3 year minimum supervisory/management experience). Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration with a GPA 4.5 (or higher) students can articulate into the Executive Master of Business Administration.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18
Occupational English Test (Nursing Profession)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
* A grade of B in each component for tests undertaken prior to September 2018.
-- 350* 350* 350* 350*

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre


Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2022 fees

2022: $3,192 per unit (6 credit points)

2022 fees

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