Graduate Certificate in Business Studies (35A)

Overview  2016


ATAR Clearly-In Rank

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

See entry requirements


Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

The Graduate Certificate in Business Studies is designed to ensure you are equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed in postgraduate business programs. You will cultivate your skills in critical thinking and analysis, reflective practice and professional presentation, as well as developing an understanding and knowledge base of contemporary business theory and practices around marketing, accounting and organisational management.

This Graduate Certificate is ideal for those students who intend to undertake postgraduate coursework programs with the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, but have never studied at university before.  It is a qualifying pathway degree for admission to the following degrees:

Master of Professional Accounting 
Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation)
Master of Business Administration*
Master of Business Administration (International)
Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Master of Finance
Master of Finance (Specialisation)

*Please note: The MBA also has a work experience entry requirement that must be met in addition to academic entry requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Studies is a 4‐unit course, offered full time and part time. This course is full fee‐paying, which means that you will be charged at the full fee‐paying rate listed for each unit.

In this course you will:

1. Develop high level written and oral communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions and apply these to complex management problems across audiences characterised by culturally and linguistically diverse people with varying levels of expertise.

2. Critically evaluate in‐depth knowledge of foundational and contemporary management theory, principles and processes and reflect on their efficacy in current practice.

Career outcomes

Completion of this program gives students the opportunity to undertake further postgraduate programs with the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, which may have career change or advancement benefits for graduates.

Course structure

In this course, you complete the four core units below:

Entry requirements

For admission to this course you need either:

1) A completed Australian Advanced Diploma or above, or approved equivalent#;
2) at least three years' management experience*.

You must provide evidence to support your eligibility for the degree, in particular a copy of your CV showing your work experience, and letters of reference from line managers or similar to confirm the work experience meets the minimum level for entry.

#approved equivalent from any overseas institution as assessed by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR).

*minimum management experience in this case is defined as supervisory, team leader or business manager experience. In the case of applicants who have worked as a sole trader or consultant, additional evidence to support the level of experience must be provided.

International students must provide one of the following: UTASAccess Level 7 with a minimum overall score of 60% and no individual skill below 60%; or an IELTS score with an overall Band of 6 and no band less than 6; or a TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 72 (no individual skill must be lower than: Reading 16; Listening 16; Speaking 18; and, Writing 22) or a PTE Academic overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50, or provide evidence that you have studied for 2 years full-time with English as the sole medium of instruction and examination. These tests must not be more than 24 months old.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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