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Graduate diploma

Gain advanced knowledge of business theory and practice.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Diploma in Business
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Perth City
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Trimester 1, 2023

5 May 2022

Applications now closed!

Trimester 2, 2023

Applications now open!

4 May 2023

Trimester 3, 2023

4 May 2023

31 August 2023

Trimester 1, 2024

31 August 2023

4 January 2024

Trimester 2, 2024

4 January 2024

2 May 2024

Trimester 3, 2024

2 May 2024

29 August 2024

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Why study Business at Curtin?

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Interested in pursuing a Master of Business Administration? Join one of our upcoming MBA Information Evenings and find out how studying an MBA could advance your career.

This course is ideal if you have a technical or non-business background and wish to develop an understanding of the functional areas of business. The Graduate Certificate in Business is nested within this course.

The broad coverage of core business-related topics will prepare you for leadership and management roles.

You can customise your degree by selecting two optional units. Many of these units are tied to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) specialisation, which will help facilitate your transition to this course, should you wish to continue studying.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

What jobs can the Graduate Diploma in Business 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.

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 (GCB) degree program – one for applicants with an undergraduate degree and one for those without an undergraduate degree.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree must have all of the following:

  • Possess an undergraduate (or equivalent) degree from a recognised university;
  • Have a minimum three (3) years of professional work experience; and
  • Meet the English language proficiency requirements for this course.

For applicants without an undergraduate degree, it is only possible to apply for entry into the Graduate Certificate in Business (GCB) program. All applicants must have all of the following:

  • A minimum of eight (8) years of professional work experience including a number of years in a managerial capacity; and
  • Meet the English language proficiency requirements for this course

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.

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 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 & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $31,776*

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).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Trimester 2
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Trimester 3
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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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