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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
    Perth City,  Curtin Singapore
Course outline

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Trimester 1, 2023

5 September 2022

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Trimester 2, 2023

16 January 2023

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Trimester 3, 2023

22 May 2023

Applications now closed!

Trimester 1, 2024

Applications now open!

22 December 2023

Trimester 2, 2024

15 January 2024

2 May 2024

Trimester 3, 2024

20 May 2024

29 August 2024

Course outline



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 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.

For applicants without an undergraduate degree, a minimum of eight (8) years of professional work experience including five (5) years in a managerial capacity.

Or, a bachelor degree, plus at least a minimum of five (5) years of professional work experience including three (3) years in a managerial capacity.

You will be required to submit supplementary information with your application.

Note: All applicants will need to submit a copy of their CV/Resume highlighting prior work experience and roles that they have held.

Applicants will be assessed for English based on the supplementary documentation you supply, for further information contact the MBA.Programs email address.

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

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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).

Important fee information

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

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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

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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: 3 October 2023