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Why study Business with SCU Online?


Close the gap between you and your ambitions


Gain a broad business skillset


Leverage more career opportunities


Affordable online study 


Make an immediate impact in your work


One-on-one student support 


Accelerated and designed for busy professionals

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Quick facts


8 months part-time

Study mode

100% online


Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov




$2,900 per unit, FEE-HELP available

Upskill with a Graduate Certificate in Business

Study a Graduate Certificate in Business, 100% online and be introduced to how to apply key principles in economics, communication, accounting and business management practice to business. 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 University Online Graduate Diploma in Business or a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

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Learning outcomes
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Diversify your skillset

Gain a cross-functional, versatile business skillset. This diversity of skill maximises the positive impacts you have within an organisation.

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Develop a managerial perspective

Coursework will develop your ethical and sustainable managerial perspective. You will know what to look for, the questions to ask, and how to manage successful cross-functional teams.

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Learn to lead

Develop your ability to strategically lead. This is done through exposure to leadership models, communication styles, and reflection-based coursework. 

What you will study

To get a Graduate Certificate in Business online, you need to complete all of the following four units (from SCU Online’s MBA):

This unit introduces the fundamentals of financial and management accounting viewed from the perspective of the business manager.

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This unit will develop the skills for effective written and verbal communication in business and management.

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In this unit, you will study organisations and the individual, interpersonal and group processes and the organisational system.

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This unit develops knowledge and understanding of generic research and evaluation tools of micro and macroeconomics.

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Pathway to MBA

Upon finishing your Graduate Certificate in Business, if you want to continue studying, you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Business or online MBA and receive advanced standing towards the units you have already completed. 

Graduate Certificate
4 Units

Or continue studying

Graduate Diploma
+ 4 Units

Or continue studying

Masters Degree
+ 4-8 Units

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Typical study period timeline

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Applications close in

28 days

Speak to an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.

Our study periods: Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov

Late applications may be considered under special circumstances up until the start of O'Week. For more information please speak with a Student Enrolment Advisor.

Entry requirements

To gain entry into the Graduate Certificate in Business, you need:

  • A three-year bachelor degree from any Australian university, OR
  • Professional experience regarded by SCU as equivalent to a degree, AND
  • Students will need to be proficient in English.

No Bachelor's degree? You could still be eligible for entry into the course through your relevant work experience. Contact us today to find out more.

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

We recognise and reward credit for past education, qualifications and work experience in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree. 

Find out more about applying for advanced standing

Ready to take the next step in your career? It's your time.

At Southern Cross University Online, we've helped thousands of people with real lives and real ambition to realise their goals and dreams by supporting them every step of the way.
We provide affordable courses, flexible learning and excellent student support, so you can achieve the impossible and make the most out of your time. 
It’s time to put yourself first. Follow your ambition. 

When you study online with SCU, you're not on your own. We're connected, together. 

Our teachers, academics and education designers have built these courses for people like you. Before commencing study, your dedicated Student Success Advisor will be in touch by phone, email or chat to help you plan your schedule. As you work towards your dream of achieving your degree, your advisor works like an extra pair of eyes and ears with support, advice and motivation throughout your study journey. 


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Our Accreditations & Endorsements

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Our online programs meet all of the AQF guidelines, ensuring quality education.

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5-STAR Rating for Institutional Student Support and Social Equity, Business and Management Teaching Quality, Teacher Education Learning Resources, Nursing Learning Resources and Skills Development.

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Southern Cross University is one of the Asia-Pacific’s Top 150 Young Universities.

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Our postgraduate student support and satisfaction both above the national average.

What our students say
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Master of Business graduate Maria Smith.

I highly recommend this course, it has been a wonderful experience, tough at times, but I'm better for it. The flexibility of the learning is perfect for busy executives and it's very current so everything applies to your real-world experiences.

Maria Smith

Online MBA (Managing and Leading People) student and CEO

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MBA Student Mark

For me, this was the next natural progression in my career as a leader in Health and Technology. The fact that my work and home life are time-poor, like many of us, led me down the path of online study where I could set my own pace for each module of the course. Online study also meant that I didn't have the distraction of having to travel to campus or sit in lectures.

Mark Thompson

MBA (Health Services Management) student

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An MBA is just a good, general piece of education that helps you understand more broadly how a company functions, and gave me some knowledge that was really important for where my career is at the moment.

Paul Betts

Online MBA (Managing and Leading People) graduate

What our students do

Our business students and graduates work across corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations in many industries such as healthcare, education, financial services, industrial products and services, mining and more. Below is a snapshot of some of these roles. 

  • Cruise Ship Manager
  • General Manager
  • Group Operations Manager
  • IT Application Manager
  • Detective Senior Sergeant
  • Pilot


  • Senior Financial Accountant
  • Head of Product Marketing
  • Managing Director
Course Coordinator

Listen to Course Coordinator Patrick Gillett discuss what employees are looking for in their MBA hires. 

Subheading: What are the sought after skills that organisations look for? Patrick Gillett: "It depends on the type of industry but in general, the skills are things like leadership, problem solving and teamwork. I’m also seeing signs of more attention being given by graduate recruiters to a prospective candidate’s psychological profile, things like emotional intelligence and psychological capital. I believe that psychological capital is a strong graduate quality that students unknowingly develop as they work through their MBA." Subheading: Do you think that specialisation makes sense in the current job market and why? Patrick: "I think it depends on the individual. For some, it may be important to specialise in a particular discipline in order to help them stand out. For other though, particularly those who have been working in a specific discipline area for some time, and are seeking to step up into a more senior management role, developing and broadening their management role will be important." Subheading: What are the key learning outcomes students gain from the MBA? Patrick: "The core units of the MBA are purposely broad, and therefore students gain a stronger understanding of various concepts including accounting, finance, marketing and governance. They can therefore play a key role in the decision making process that goes on within their organisations.".

Meet our Course Coordinator

Dr Patrick Gillett is a lecturer at Southern Cross University and the Course Coordinator of the MBA program. His area of expertise in MBA management-related subjects includes Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Change and Development, and Managing International Sport Events.

Dr Gillett is very familiar with the key challenges faced by students during their MBA journey and is particularly passionate about supporting students who are returning to formal studies after an extended period of time. Aside from his teaching activities, Dr Gillett has also contributed to numerous commercial and government feasibility reports in areas such as high-speed rail and housing affordability. His current research interests are in management education and sport tourism.