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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


Offering one of Australia’s most affordable cost per units


Make an immediate impact in your work


One-on-one student support 


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16 months, part-time

Study mode

100% online


Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov




$2,900 per unit, FEE-HELP available

Study your Graduate Diploma in Business Online

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. You’ll study global business, entrepreneurship, marketing, corporate governance, project management, finance, managing people, information systems, strategy and case analysis. The online Graduate Diploma in Business is also a pathway into a Southern Cross University Online 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.

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Learning outcomes
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Diversify your skillset

Start to gain a cross-functional, versatile business skillset. Maximise the positive impacts you have within an organisation.

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Develop a managerial perspective

Begin developing an ethical and sustainable managerial perspective, knowing what to look for, questions to ask, and how to manage successful cross-functional teams.

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Learn to lead

Lay the foundation to develop strategic leadership skills, with exposure to leadership models, communication styles, and reflection-based course work. 

What you will study

To gain an online Graduate Diploma in Business, you will need to complete all of the following eight units (from SCU Online's MBA): 

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

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Explore a diverse range of leadership styles, preparing you for a bright future in leadership or management.

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This unit covers the foundation elements of managing business projects.  

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This unit examines the challenges confronting the global business manager and gives you the knowledge you need to understand and operate successfully in global business environments.

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This unit explores the diverse global market and how it is affected by marketing principles.

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Pathway to MBA

Upon finishing your Graduate Diploma in Business, if you want to continue studying, you can apply for the online Master of Business Administration (MBA) and receive advanced standing for the units you have completed.

Graduate Certificate
4 Units

Or continue studying

Graduate Diploma
+ 4 Units

Or continue studying

Masters Degree
+ 4-8 Units

A typical study period at SCU Online
Typical study period timeline

Next study period


Applications close in

29 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 qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Business online, 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.

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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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

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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

What our students do

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

  • 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.