Apply for Graduate Diploma in Business

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Graduate diploma

Enhance your business capability and learn more about how to lead, manage and strategise.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Graduate Diploma in Business
  • Duration


    1 year full-time
  • Credit




  • Location


    Perth city
Course outline

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Trimester 1, 2024

31 August 2023

Applications now closed!

Trimester 2, 2024

8 November 2023

Applications now closed!

Trimester 3, 2024

Applications now open!

25 August 2024

Trimester 1, 2025

Applications now open!

15 December 2024

Trimester 2, 2025

13 January 2025

21 April 2025

Trimester 3, 2025

19 May 2025

18 August 2025

Course outline
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Applications close 25 August 2024

Curtin MBA: Applications open!

Apply now to start studying your Master of Business Administration (MBA) in September 2024 (Trimester 3).



Curtin's Graduate Diploma in Business will give you the breadth of skills and knowledge critical to business operations and leadership. You’ll learn the relevance of economic theory, factors to consider in financial decision-making, the theory and practice of strategic decision-making, and about leading people.

This qualification is relevant for managers at all levels (emerging through to middle/senior levels) who want to extend their business knowledge and may have an undergraduate degree in a non-business area.

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

Benefits of studying Curtin's Graduate Diploma 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 Diploma in just three trimesters (about 12 months), studying full-time or part-time.
  • After gaining your Graduate Diploma, you need only complete a further four 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.
  • You can choose to study on-campus (evenings or block teaching), online or a mix of both.
  • You can start your course at a time of the year that’s best for you, either January, May or August.

Note: If you don't yet meet the admission criteria for the Graduate Diploma in Business, complete our Graduate Certificate in Business or Graduate Certificate in Business Futures as a stepping stone. This pathway won’t take you any longer, as completing the units in those graduate certificates will provide course credits towards your Graduate Diploma.

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
  • Not-for-profit
  • Private business
  • Public relations
  • Resources and renewables
  • Retail
  • Service industries

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 or organisation environment.
  • effectively communicate in a variety of modes to gather, advise or influence stakeholders for a desired outcome.
  • formulate responsible and strategic management and leadership decisions that are evidence-based and supported by a critical evaluation of markets, resources and financial information.
  • canvass and influence the development of appropriate policies and strategies within a business environment for the benefit of stakeholders.
  • apply principles of ethics, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and risk management across a range of business settings.

Why study Business

Accelerated learning

Complete this course in only three trimesters.

Study in Perth's CBD

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

Pathway to MBA

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


“Studying the MBA has increased my confidence when leading and managing people. I have a stronger grasp on organisations now, compared with when all my knowledge was only based on experience,” Nicole says.

Nicole Baron is an insurance business manager who began her career after high school. She forged a reputation as a motivated and innovative leader, and wanted a qualification that both reflected her success and helped her professionally.

Read the story

Nicole Baron

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 Diploma 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. The personal statement written and provided by applicants will be used as an assessment to meet the English language requirement for the course.

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Application Requirements

If you’re applying for the 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 200 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

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

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. View our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: GD-BUSI
  • CRICOS code: 006112K
  • Last updated on: 22 July 2024

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