Apply for Graduate Certificate in Business

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Graduate certificate

Build on your business and management expertise and gain a pathway to your MBA – even if you don’t have a university degree.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Business
  • Duration


    6 months full-time
  • Credit




  • Location


    Open Universities Australia,  Perth city
Course outline

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Trimester 1, 2024

31 August 2023

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Trimester 2, 2024

8 November 2023

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Trimester 3, 2024

Applications now open!

25 August 2024

Trimester 1, 2025

22 July 2024

15 December 2024

Trimester 2, 2025

13 January 2025

1 May 2025

Trimester 3, 2025

19 May 2025

28 August 2025

Course outline
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The Curtin Graduate Certificate in Business will provide you with a solid foundation in economics, financial decision making, leadership and organisational behaviour.

This course is relevant for managers at all levels (emerging through to middle/senior levels) who want to formalise their business knowledge and may not have a university qualification, or who have an undergraduate degree in a non-business area.

After completing the four units of the graduate certificate you may choose to exit or pause your business studies or complete the additional eight units required to gain your Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Benefits of studying Curtin's Graduate Certificate in Business

  • Curtin Business School is recognised as an elite global business school through accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB International and an EFMD Accredited MBA.
  • You can complete your Graduate Certificate in just two trimesters (about 6 months), studying full-time or part-time.
  • After gaining your Graduate Certificate, you need only complete a further eight units to achieve a Curtin MBA.
  • Your face-to-face study is at Curtin’s Graduate School of Business, in the heart of the Perth CBD.
  • Study on-campus (evenings or block teaching), online or a mix of both.
  • Start your course at a time of the year that’s best for you: either January, May or August.

What jobs can the Business course lead to?


  • Analyst
  • Business administration manager
  • Management consultant
  • Managing director
  • Project manager


  • Banking and finance
  • Consultancy
  • Education
  • Government
  • Health care
  • Non-profit
  • Private business
  • Public relations
  • Resources and renewables
  • Retail

What you'll learn

  • access and critique contemporary business theories, concepts and principles and be able to apply these to add value in a group of organisational environment
  • effectively communicate in a variety of modes to gather, advise or influence stakeholders for a desired outcome
  • formulate responsible management and leadership decisions that are evidence-based and supported by a critical evaluation of markets, human resources, and/ or accounting information.
  • critically review personal, professional, team and organisational practices for opportunities to innovate, or apply principles of ethics, sustainability or corporate social responsibility.

Why study Business

Pathway to MBA

After your Grad Cert, you need only complete eight units to gain a Curtin MBA.

Study in Perth's CBD

Face-to-face study is at Curtin’s Graduate School of Business, in the heart of the Perth CBD.

Accelerated learning

Complete this course in only two trimesters (about eight months).

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

There are two pathways into the Graduate Certificate in Business – one for applicants with an undergraduate degree and one for those without an undergraduate degree. Applicants with an undergraduate degree will be required to demonstrate two (2) years of relevant work experience. Applicants without an undergraduate degree will have three (3) to five (5) years of relevant work experience and will be asked to meet the English language proficiency requirements for this course.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Application Requirements

If you’re applying for the Graduate Certificate in Business (GC-BUSI) or Graduate Diploma in Business (GD-BUSI) course, please select the ‘How to Apply’ button for further instructions. You’ll also need to include an employer recommendation form and a referee report with your application. All applicants will need to submit a copy of their CV/resume highlighting prior work experience and roles that they have held.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

2024 Fee year:




Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Looking for more detail on the course structure?

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For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Trimester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Trimester 2
  • On campus
  • Online
Trimester 3
  • On campus
  • Online


Trimester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Trimester 2
  • On campus
  • Online
Trimester 3
  • On campus
  • Online


Trimester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Trimester 2
  • On campus
  • Online
Trimester 3
  • On campus
  • Online

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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: GC-BUSI
  • CRICOS code: 074652G
  • Last updated on: 16 June 2024

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