Eight months part-time

Advanced standing

Call us to see if you qualify

Study periods

Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Aug, Oct


$2520 per unit, find out about FEE-HELP



Delivery mode

Online or on-campus

Progress your career

Every achievement starts with a decision to try. If you’ve been waiting for a reason to take the next step in your career, start your own business or transition from your current role into business management, stop waiting.

Make it happen with an online Graduate Certificate in Business. You’ll be introduced to economics, marketing, accounting and business management practice, and how to apply these principles to business.

An online postgraduate certificate in business is a great way to “test the water”. If you’re new to study or returning after a break, a Graduate Certificate in Business online can help build your practical skills, hone your research and evaluation abilities, and grow your confidence. If you find you love it, everything you study can be credited towards a Southern Cross UniversityOnline Graduate Diploma in Business or a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Career opportunities

With an online postgraduate certificate in business in your arsenal, employment prospects are as varied as the businesses hiring. Where will your Grad Cert take you? Here are some examples:

Operations Manager

You’ll develop operational processes and procedures, and may be involved in asset and site procurement, technology implementation, leading people and influencing change.

Business Owner

The buck stops with you – business planning, operations, staffing, decision making and, of course, profit.

Business Analyst

You’ll conduct in-depth analysis on business needs and make recommendations and plans for cost-effective project, business systems and technology solutions.

Strategic Manager

Often reporting directly to your CEO, you’ll provide a strategic approach and insight into business operations, policies and processes.

What you'll study^

To get a Graduate Certificate in Business online, you need to complete the following four units (they’re also the foundation units of Southern Cross University Online’s MBA).

Pathway to MBA

When you finish your Graduate Certificate in Business online, if you wish to take your learning further you can apply for Souther Cross University Online’s Graduate Diploma in Business or Master of Business Administration and receive advanced standing for the units you have completed. This is a fantastic starting point to gaining an industry-accredited Masters degree.

If you think you might continue with further business study, talk to your Enrolment Advisor about it now. They can help plan your units of study to make sure you’ll meet the requirements of each postgraduate qualification, every step of the way.

Advanced standing

When you apply for an online postgraduate certificate in business, we calculate advanced standing by looking at your particular education and relevant experience. You may receive advanced standing if you:

  • demonstrate other academic or professional standing approved by our School Board, or
  • have completed units through our Executive Management Program, or
  • have five years relevant work experience or professional qualifications through formal or non-formal study.

Entry criteria

  • Demonstrated professional standing – either a Bachelor’s degree (or a similar qualification) from a university, or have other experience that we regard as equivalent to a degree.
  • Be proficient in English.

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules.

Learning with Southern Cross University Online

Southern Cross University Online’s Graduate Certificate in Business fits around your work and your lifestyle. Units are delivered by tech-savvy academics via a fresh, smart, collaborative and interactive interface.

  • 100% online and flexible – complete six units a year, or skip a study period if life or work demands your full attention.
  • Student success support – from enquiry to graduation, we are there for you.
  • Networked for success – meet your future colleagues and collaborators.

Find out more about studying online.


^ Southern Cross University offer both online and on-campus versions of these units. This information refers to the online version. Please check the unit listing at scu.edu.au or ask your Student Enrolment Advisor for more information.

This information is correct at time of release and subject to change without notice. Copyright Southern Cross University November 2015.