Graduate Diploma of Business Administration

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Business Administration
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code035038G
Deakin course codeM601

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Enhance your undergraduate degree with versatile business expertise. Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Business Administration is designed to provide you with a global business perspective, broadening your career options and paving the way to take on our Master of Business Administration (MBA) – ranked the best online MBA in Australia.

This one-year course covers a broad range of topics relating to all aspects of organisational management, as well as the development of the creative, analytical and interpersonal capabilities crucial to business leadership, including people management and marketing.

The course will prepare you for roles relating to business management and marketing across a range of settings. The business skills gained in this qualification can also lead to progression in your current career.

The Graduate Diploma of Business Administration allows articulation into the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and combined MBA courses.

Indicative student workload

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.

Fees and charges

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Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Interpret fundamental and complex organisational issues by applying business theories and concepts to existing professional knowledge and experience.
Communication Demonstrate advanced skills in communicating to a range of business audiences.
Digital literacy Use digital technologies to obtain, organise and disseminate complex business ideas.
Critical thinking Critically analyse complex business ideas and theories.
Problem solving Apply problem solving skills to analyse, develop and recommend solutions for complex business issues.
Self-management Work and learn independently and take responsibility for personal actions.
Teamwork Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
Global citizenship Demonstrate understanding of global business issues.
  Approved by Faculty Board October 2014.


Course rules

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration, students must attain a total of 8 credit points, consisting of 6 credit points of core units and 2 credit points of elective units. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Course structure

Core units

MBA710/MPM701ABusiness Process Management ^

MBR711/MBA711Financial Reporting and Analysis *

MBA712Economics for Managers

MBA720Marketing Management

MBR721/MBA721People Management *


* MPR code denotes residential version of the unit

^MPM701A is a Start Anytime unit.

Elective units

Students may select any two postgraduate units.