Graduate Certificate in Business

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The Graduate Certificate in Business is ideal for managers who do not have a degree but have completed some post-secondary study and have relevant work experience. The program provides a foundation in fundamental business principles and sets the foundations to progress to the Master of Business (2 years) program which offers specialised fields of study in entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business, marketing, public sector management, or sustainability.  

The Graduate Certificate in Business will enhance your business skills and career prospects and provide you with a formal qualification. It can also act as a pathway to the Master of Business (2 years) program. By choosing UQ Business School you will have the benefits of studying at a leading global institution and one which is renowned for cutting-edge research, the quality of its academic staff and its close links with industry.


Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Business program must have:

  • a Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4.00 on a 7 point scale; or
  • post-secondary study and at least five years full-time work experience as approved by the Executive Dean; or
  • seven years full-time work experience as approved by the Executive Dean.

See further information about course dates, costs and how to apply


The Graduate Certificate in Business provides an understanding in the core fundamentals of business. 

UQ Business School is known for its strong links with the business world and our lecturers act as consultants to leading companies worldwide. It means that knowledge gained through research is tested in the high-pressure world of consultancy, which ensures our teaching is always fresh and relevant.


The Graduate Certificate in Business program takes six months of full-time study to complete, or the equivalent part-time.

View the program study plan.


The standard full-time load for a program is 8 units per semester (this usually means 4 courses worth 2 units each per semester). Full-time study is defined as 75% or more of the standard full-time load for a program (i.e. at least 6 units per semester, or 3-4 courses, for most programs).

International students must be enrolled in 8 units per semester.

It is estimated that for each course a student would have approximately 3-5 contact hours in lectures and tutorials, and would also need to do additional hours of study.


Australian students can study part-time (usually 1 to 2 courses per semester). In some cases, classes are scheduled multiple times per week and students can choose either day or evening classes. This does not occur in all programs. If you intend to study solely in the evenings, please check the availability and timing of classes.


What outcomes to expect from your degree

The Graduate Certificate in Business demonstrates to employers that you are a professional manager with a good grasp of the fundamentals of business. The program can open up opportunities in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors though career opportunities may depend on your particular area of specialisation.

How to shape your career

As a UQ student, you have access to a range of services to prepare for a successful career:

  • The Student Employability Team (SET) – assists students with accessing career opportunities and managing their careers. SET programs give students an edge by helping build industry experience and develop lifelong employability skills. Contact their team of employability specialists to set and achieve your career goals.
  • Networking events – these events help students establish connections with industry professionals.
  • Employer presentations on campus – provides opportunities to meet UQ graduates currently employed in industry and understand what the employer is looking for in a new hire.
  • UQ Careers Fair - an annual university wide event for students to meet with over 130 potential employers to source information on career opportunities.
  • Global Experiences Expo - discover how UQ provides students with opportunities to study overseas, or get support to work, learn or volunteer on a short trip.


Support services

UQ Business School offers a wide range of advice and support for future and current students.

Domestic student enquiries

To find out more about applications or programs for Australian (domestic) students, call +61 7 3346 8100 (open 8:30am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday except university and public holidays) or email info@business.uq.edu.au.

International student enquiries

For further enquiries about applications or programs, international students can call +61 3 8676 7004 from outside Australia or 1800 671 980 from inside Australia (free call).

Find out more on the international contact page or use the online enquiry form.

Find details of international educational representatives

Financial assistance

Find out more about fees, charges and financial assistance

Find details of undergraduate scholarships for future students and for current students

Student centres

Student centres are located on each campus including St Lucia and provide a one-stop shop for student administration enquiries – including enrolment, timetables, fees, graduation, academic transcripts and ID cards – and general enquiries.

Call +61 7 3365 2600 from 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday or visit the student centre page.

Student support

Follow the links below to access further information and support: