Graduate Diploma of Business Analytics



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.


Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

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

Trimester 2

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

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - International students should note that this course can only be commenced in Trimester 3 while living outside Australia.

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

Key information

Award granted

Graduate Diploma of Business Analytics


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Deakin 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.

Entry requirements

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. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the postgraduate English language requirements..

Minimum entry requirements

 - Bachelor degree in any discipline


 - Masters Qualifying Program


 - Masters degree in any discipline


 - Graduate Certificate in related discipline


 - Graduate certificate in any discipline and 5 years relevant work experience


IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

Cloud studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Course learning outcomes

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.


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 ^
  • Customer 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.

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Course pathways

    Further study options

    M761 Master of Business Analytics

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive 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.

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


    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.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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 you have.

    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 that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    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.

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    Offered campuses


    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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