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Associate Degree in Applied Business - Online

Where start-up culture meets the classroom.

Why study applied business?

Got a great business idea? Or want to be a better leader? Turn your passion into your daily bread by studying the Associate Degree in Applied Business. Do what you love every day and learn how to make a living from it. There are many skills you need to learn to build and run a successful business and lead a team. Already following your dream? Level up with this course to take your business further.

Running a successful business isn’t just about having a great idea. It’s knowing the numbers, marketing effectively and plenty of other skills you will learn in this two year, full-time degree. The Associate Degree in Applied Business was developed in consultation with major Tasmanian industry stakeholders, meaning you’ll learn context-specific insights and benefit from unrivaled industry connections. It’s both what you know, and who you know in Tasmania, and your business will benefit from both by studying Applied Business.

Learn the core tools to build and run a successful business including entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, marketing, project management, and business planning. You can also choose from a range of additional topics as electives like lean thinking, quality management, professional communication, supply chain management, event management, sport and recreation administration; and visitor engagement, allowing you to follow your interest.

You’ll get the chance to apply your knowledge, the newly learnt concepts in real-world environments, by going into the industry and testing your knowledge. You can do industry placements, fieldwork, case studies and applied research. This means you’ll be job ready and future proof, ready to hit the ground running once you finish your degree.

Though this course is fully-online, we encourage hands-on applied learning. There will be assessments completed within your own workplace or in a simulated business environment. We provide an excellent online learning experience, with webinars and online tutorials and workshops. You’ll be supported by coaching and teaching professionals during your online study journey.


Two years full-time or part-time equivalent


Distance (fully online)




Term 1 (February) and Term 3 (July)


"Living in Cairns and studying by distance has been an excellent experience for me, as it has been a long time since I’ve studied. The Associate Degree has allowed me to implement in my workplace the practical learnings from the study.

The help and assistance from lecturers with real industry experience has been excellent, and they are available whenever I need something clarified. The ability to dial in to tutorials and to discuss the content and assessment tasks with other students has been invaluable to my learning experience"

Career Options

  • Small and medium business owner
  • Office supervisor
  • Government department team leader
  • Event designer or coordinator
  • Sport programs coordinator
  • Tourism operations team leader
  • Hospitality team leader
  • Non-for-profit manager
  • Community engagement specialist
  • Warehouse supervisor
  • Project management officer

Program structure

The Associate Degree in Applied Business (Z2C) involves 16 units over 2 years of full-time study or 4 years of part-time study, delivered fully online. The first year of the course acts as a foundation year, while the second year of the course provides you with the skills to apply your new business knowledge to a range of situations.

After the successful completion of year 1 of the Associate Degree, you can choose to exit the course and be awarded with a diploma qualification.

Subjects include:

  • Contemporary business environments
  • Managing people
  • Business finance
  • Marketing for business
  • Data for decision making
  • Managing projects
  • Business planning
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative thinking
  • Plus a large selective of elective options to focus your studies

For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook.

Extend your study into a Bachelor degree

By completing the Associate Degree in Applied Business (Z2C) you may receive some credit towards a bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania.  If you wish to receive two years full credit towards the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Business Administration, you need to choose the articulation pathway in year 2.

Please see the Articulation/ Credit webpage for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Bachelor degrees traditionally have a duration of three of more years, while an Associate Degree can take as little as two years when studied full time.

Our University College Associate Degrees have been uniquely designed to place equal emphasis on theory and practice. This is done by offering both discipline specific subjects and hands-on learning subjects (Practice and Portfolio) throughout your Associate Degree. By doing so, you graduate job ready with a firm understanding of how to apply the theory you have learnt.

Rather than studying during traditional university semester teaching periods, our Associate Degrees are studied over 40 weeks per year (10 weeks per term), aligning with the Tasmanian school terms.

The new Associate Degrees are a formal qualification in their own right, offering pathways to new career opportunities or upskilling in a current career. These Associate Degrees also offer formal articulation pathways into specified bachelor degrees should you wish to continue studying.

Our Associate Degrees are likely to appeal to a wide range of people, including:

  • School leavers who achieve a TCE (or ATAR) but who are not eligible/prepared/interested in studying a bachelor degree;
  • students who want to gain skills and knowledge to start a career;
  • students interested in learning about innovation and future jobs;
  • students with industry/professional experience who would like to gain some academic credentials; and
  • non-school leaver and mature-age students seeking academic credentials and career advancement.

Our Associate Degrees are offered via a combination of face-to-face (workshops, tutorials etc.) and online study. The online component of our Associate Degrees are offered on each of the University of Tasmania campuses at Newnham, Sandy Bay and Cradle Coast.

Not in the first year, as our assessments are built into the course content throughout the term. If you choose to undertake the articulation into a bachelor pathway in year 2 of you Associate Degree, you may be required to sit some exams, dependant on the units you are studying. Students who do not undertake this pathway will not sit exams.

If you successfully complete the first year of your Associate Degree and decide you no longer wish to study, you can graduate out of the course with a Diploma qualification.

Throughout your Associate Degree you will be exposed to a range of hands-on learning experiences such as live case studies, real-world business examples, industry speakers, job-focused programs, industry workshops, projects and internships.

By successfully completing one of our Associate Degree courses, you may be eligible to receive credit towards a relevant Bachelor degree offered by the University of Tasmania. Some of our Associate Degrees have specific credit pathways into a Bachelor degree, where you can receive up to 2 years full credit towards a specified Bachelor degree. For those Associate Degrees that do not have a specified credit pathway, or if you are wanting to receive credit into a different Bachelor degree than the one specified, you may receive some credit, subject to the College’s discretion.