Graduate Certificate of Business (GCBU)

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF BUSINESS (GCBU)Program focus

The Graduate Certificate of Business is an enabling program that provides pathways into a range of postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Business and Law by providing students with either foundation or advanced business knowledge and skills. Students can choose an appropriate specialisation to meet their particular needs and interests to facilitate educational and career development.

Professional accreditation

The Graduate Certificate of Business (Project Management) is delivered by USQ as a Global Registered Education Provider with the US-based Project Management Institute (PMI)®.
PMI is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 08. Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

Admission requirements

Candidates for entry into the Graduate Certificate of Business, must meet one of the following criteria:

  • a tertiary qualification at bachelor degree (AQF level 7) or equivalent level from a recognised institution, or
  • a minimum of five years’ full-time relevant professional work experience equivalent to a qualification at AQF level 7.

Program objectives

The objectives of the Graduate Certificate of Business is to produce graduates who are able to:

  • understand the concepts and essential basic theories and skills associated with a particular selected discipline area or areas related to business
  • apply acquired knowledge associated with their studies to their work environments
  • synthesise selected areas of managerial knowledge to produce meaningful assignments/reports
  • articulate both written and orally, the principles, theories, concepts and applications associated with their area of study
  • display a range of competencies in their selected discipline/s area
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills for professional/highly skilled work and/or further learning.
Structure of the GCBU Program

The Graduate Certificate of Business is comprised of 4 units of postgraduate courses as follows:

  1. General Specialisation
Any 4 courses from the MBAD, Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Project Management or Master of Information Systems.Students wanting to study a course(s) from other programs across the University must seek approval from the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.
  1. Named Specialisation*
Students can choose a named specialisation from the Master of Business Administration or Master of Project Management specialisations.* Courses in some areas may have pre-requisites.Note: Students who wish to articulate into the Master of Business Administration or Master of Project Management must meet the program admission requirements before applications for credit will be considered. Students who wish to gain maximum credit for courses completed in the Graduate Certificate of Business upon entry to the MBAD should consider choosing the foundation courses offered in the MBA for their study.Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Business and do not have a minimum of two years full-time relevant professional work experience in business are not eligible to apply for entry to the Master of Business Administration or Master of Project Management programs until they have satisfied this work experience entry requirement.
Articulation

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Business with a minimum GPA of 4.0, a student may articulate into the Master of Business Administration or Master of Project Management provided they meet other program entry requirements.

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Business and do not have a minimum of two years full-time relevant professional work experience in business are not eligible to apply for entry to the Master of Business Administration or Master of Project Management programs until they have satisfied this work experience entry requirement.

Distance education application due dates

Semester 2- 2018    29 June 2018

Semester 3 - 2018    2 November 2018

Semester 1 - 2019   11 February 2019

Please note that you have to include a CV of your working experience and certified copies of all qualifications with your application in order for USQ to evaluate your application.

Duration

Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete this program.

Start Dates

Periods of teaching

The GCBU is offered by distance education and consists of 4 courses (subjects). There are three semesters per year.

Semester Study Period Commencement Date
Semester 2,2018 July - November 2018 16 July 2018
Semester 3,2018 November '18 - February '19 19 November 2018
Semester 1,2019 February - June 2019 11 February 2019
Program Fees/Tuition Costs

The fee for 2018 is AUD3070 per course. Students pay as they go - so if you take two courses, you need to pay the full fee for the 2 courses before start of semester. Note that students can start to study during any semester.   Due to the extreme fluctuations in international exchange rates we are only able to confirm the applicable rate per semester.  This will be communicated to all existing and prospective students prior to the start of each new semester.

Assessment & Examinations

Assessment requirements vary according to the courses being studied. Details are provided in each student’s package. To complete each course, it is usual to submit a number of assignments or reports by scheduled dates. Completed assignments are returned to the student with a grade and feedback to further assist their learning. Most courses also include an end of semester examination. Examinations are held at the end of each semester and take place during working hours.

Exemptions

Credit may be granted on the basis of equivalent courses undertaken at postgraduate level. In order for credit to be granted, the claim must meet the following specific requirements:

  • the course passed was taken at least at Masters or equivalent level
  • the course was passed within 5 years prior to the application (courses up to 10 years old may be considered if evidence is provided that the applicant has been employed in that field)
  • the course passed is equivalent in objectives, content and weightings to a course prescribed in the Graduate Certificate of Business program, or alternatively, the course is suitable as an elective
  • where the student has taken out an award from a recognised tertiary institution and is claiming credit on the basis of courses completed to meet the requirements of that program, the maximum credit on the basis of such courses shall be no greater than 2 courses for the Graduate Certificate of Business
  • credit approved in this program will not automatically apply to other programs offered by the University of Southern Queensland.
Should you be interested in studying for the University of Southern Queensland’s Graduate Certificate of Business (GCBU), and would like more information and pricing, please email your name, contact numbers and address to ronel@usq.co.za We will get back to you just as soon as we can.