Postgraduate coursework

Graduate Diploma of Business Analytics

Facilitate data driven solutions by utilising your skills in data analysis, mining and modelling. Consider postgraduate study and apply for Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Business Analytics today.

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1 year full-time or part-time equivalent


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Course information

Learn advanced skills and analytics techniques to interpret data, analyse business environments, and develop solutions for authentic problems. Complementing your undergraduate degree in any discipline, Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Business Analytics is designed to provide you with the most up-to-date skills for business performance analysis.

Businesses and governments now have access to massive volumes of data and require skills and expertise to analyse this information for strategic decision making. This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to build predictive models and use data mining tools with ‘big data’. You’ll get the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with one of the most widely used predictive analytics software tools globally.

Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Business Analytics is a collaborative education program developed with industry. You’ll be trained with a broad skill set that enables you to develop analytics based solutions for business.

The course introduces you to a range of internationally-recognised business intelligence and analytics tools and you’ll have access to analytics certification programs by market leaders IBM, SAS and Microsoft.

You’ll find out how to take data driven, evidence-based approaches to business decision making and business performance analysis. Plus, you’ll get an understanding of business metrics and the analytical techniques that transform both structured and unstructured data into meaningful information for the purpose of decision making and understanding and reviewing business performance.

Other skills you’ll develop include problem solving, business metrics, and quantitative reasoning so that you can review business performance to find problems or areas of opportunities, and identify patterns and trends in data using descriptive analytics. You’ll also learn how information and communication technologies (ICT) investments including business analytics generate value for a business.

On completion of the Graduate Diploma of Business Analytics you will have developed a broad set of business analytic skills highly sought after in every industry sector, particularly within professional services firms and government.

The course allows articulation into Deakin’s Masters of Business Analytics.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Business Analytics, students must attain a total of 8 credit points, consisting of 6 credit points of core units and 2 credit points of elective units which may be selected from any postgraduate units offered by the University, subject to eligibility. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Students are encouraged to use the electives units to gain depth or sector expertise.


Core units


Elective units


Total units

Core units

  • MIS770/MIS770AFoundation Skills in Data Analysis ^
  • Marketing Analytics MIS784
  • Descriptive Analytics and Visualisation MIS771
  • Predictive Analytics MIS772
  • Business Intelligence MIS781
  • Value of Information MIS782
  • ^MIS770A is a Start Anytime unit.

    Elective units

    Plus 2 credit points of general postgraduate elective units.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Business Analytics
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    CRICOS code
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Please note: Students commencing in Trimester 3 cannot complete this course in two study periods.

    Further information on Business Analytics

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.


    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
    • Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
    • At least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)*

    *Note: Professional work experience in business or IT related roles in any industry sector

     For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $26,400 for 1 yr full-time* - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    Not applicable

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    As a Graduate of the Graduate Diploma of Business Analytics you will have developed a broad set of business analytic skills highly sought after in every industry sector, particularly within professional services firms and government.

    Professional recognition

    Completion of the Master of Business Analytics grants eligibility for entry as a Professional member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate an advanced understanding of contemporary body of knowledge of business analytics to work in professional contexts
    Communication Interpret and effectively communicate complex business analytics findings to both specialists and non-specialists
    Digital literacy High level of use of business analytics technologies to source information, analyse complex business data and disseminate findings
    Critical thinking Evaluate complex business information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment
    Problem solving Use advanced skills and analytics techniques to interpret data, analyse business environments, and develop solutions for authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.
    Self-management Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
    Teamwork Collaborate constructively in teams to produce and share specialised and integrated analytic solutions to complex business problems.
    Global citizenship Engage ethically in a business analytics professional context  with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.


    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

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    Entry pathways

    Further study options

    M761 Master of Business Analytics

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Credit for prior learning into the Master of Business Analytics may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriate postgraduate studies.

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    Tel 03 9244 6555

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