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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Adelaide Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

Want to become an industry leader? To make a real impact?

Our graduate certificate provides key business skills and a pathway into the University’s prestigious Master of Business Administration (MBA). With the MBA program running for over 50 years, we have a broad and influential network of alumni in the local business community.

You’ll graduate with the skills, contacts and mental models needed to pursue leadership roles in your chosen business career.

What will you do?

We’ve designed the graduate certificate with maximum flexibility to suit the needs of working professionals. You can organize daytime, evening or weekend study hours and vary the number of courses you take per trimester. Through our rigorous program you will:

  • learn how to coordinate financial, physical, technological and human resources in pursuit of important objectives
  • take management courses in key business areas
  • build communication and decision-making skills
  • develop professional relationships and networks.

It can also lead to our grad dip and master in Business Administration.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Jan
  • May
  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
Students in this program are generally already employed full-time. They undertake this program in order to change careers or to improve and increase their understanding of business administration practices.

Potential careers
Marketer / Marketing Manager, Business Development Manager, Business Manager, CEO, Product Manager, Project Manager, Team Leader, Innovation Manager

PSW Opportunity

NA

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7

TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27

Pearson Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65

C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185

Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent