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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


Rated 5 stars for Educational Experience and Student Support*


Accelerated and designed for busy professionals

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16 months, part-time*

Study mode

100% online


Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct




$3,080 per unit, FEE-HELP available

*completion time dependent on individual study path and course availability. Please speak to a Student Advisor for more information.

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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In the Business Analytics unit, you will explore statistical tools to analyse and model real-world situations.

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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Explore digital marketing tools and techniques to develop well-structured digital marketing plans and undertake a digital marketing campaign.

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

14 days

Speak to an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.

Our study periods: Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct

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 Full-Time Employment, Overall Experience, Student Support, Learning Resources, Teaching Quality and Skills Development.

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Southern Cross University is one of the world's Top 200 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

Meet our Course Coordinator

Owen Hogan is the MBA Course Coordinator and a lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation management at Southern Cross University. He started his professional life as a musician and founded an entertainment management business. Owen then joined the public sector and led service quality and innovation teams for the Federal Government Department of Human Services. After spending time in the UK implementing service delivery improvements for local government, he returned to university to study composing, releasing an album and producing television commercials. Owen later joined Southern Cross University, managing accreditation and business development projects. Eventually, he became the Executive Officer of the business school, focused on academic innovation and developing strategic partnerships.

Owen’s PhD examined the purpose and legitimacy of Australian public business education. After graduating he became a full-time academic and was responsible for writing and teaching the university’s first interdisciplinary design thinking unit, Create: Innovate: Change and leading the implementation of a new university-wide major in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Owen has produced a range of research across higher education policy, entrepreneurship, the circular economy and service design. He works closely with industry helping to address sustainability challenges. Owen maintains his connection to the creative industries through live performance, session work, and as a business partner in a thriving performing arts school.


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