16 months part-time

Advanced standing

Call us to see if you qualify

Study periods

Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Aug, Oct


$2520 per unit, FEE-HELP available



Delivery mode

Online or on-campus

Move up or jump across

How do you stay ahead of the curve in a globalised world of business when technology, communications, platforms and people are constantly changing?

Southern Cross University Online’s Graduate Diploma in Business is a great way to prepare yourself for success in the face of an uncertain future – especially considering 92.2% of graduates are now in full-time employment (Graduate Careers Australia’s Postgraduate Destinations Report, 2013). Studies in global business, entrepreneurship, marketing, corporate governance, project management, finance, managing people, information systems, strategy and case analysis are designed to launch you into business study, take the next step in your career, transition from your current career into business management or start your own business.

The online Graduate Diploma in Business is also a pathway into Southern Cross University Online’s Master of Business Administration (MBA). If you choose to continue your business study you’ll receive advanced standing towards your masters – saving you time so you can focus on your next big career move.

Career opportunities

With a Graduate Diploma in Business under your belt, you could move into a wide variety of roles in government, NGOs, corporations and small or owner businesses. The employment outcomes really are as unique as the businesses hiring. Where will your online postgraduate diploma in business take you? Here are a few possibilities:

Executive General Manager

As an EGM you’ll develop strategies and policies to achieve business goals, now and in the future.

Strategic Manager

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

Business Owner

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

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.

What you'll study^

To get a Graduate Diploma in Business online, you need to complete all of the following eight units (they’re from Parts A and C of SCU Online’s MBA):

Pathway to MBA

Upon finishing your Graduate Diploma in Business, if you want to take your study even further and gain an industry-recognised Masters degree, you can apply for Southern Cross University’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) and receive advanced standing for the units you have completed.

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

Advanced standing

When applying for an online postgraduate diploma 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 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 Diploma 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.