Courses & Units

Course rules for 35A1 Graduate Certificate in Business Studies - International

Award Title: Graduate Certificate in Business Studies

Award Abbreviation: GCBusStd

1. Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Business Studies shall be qualified for entry if they meet the following entry criteria:
A person who has either:
1) A completed Australian Advanced Diploma or above, or approved equivalent#;
2) at least two years' management experience*.

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

*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.

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

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.

2. Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than half a year of full time study, or part‐time equivalent, and not more than 2 years, from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

3. To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall pass 4 units, as outlined in the Schedule, totalling 50 credit points.

4. The units which may be included in a course for the degree shall, unless otherwise approved by the Dean, be in accordance with the Schedule accompanying these specifications.

5. Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics and as summarised in the Schedule.

6. A candidate normally may not enrol in any semester in units totalling more than 50 credit points (four 12.5 credit point units) weighting. This applies to all candidates including those in full‐time employment during any given year.

7. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

8. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

Credit for Previous Studies

9. Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree.


10. The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

11. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2017 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently and to any candidates who, having commenced their studies for the Master of Business Administration prior to that date, have not passed in any units towards the degree by that date.

12. Should any difficulty arise for a candidate previously enrolled because of any difference between course requirements (such as required majors) and units offered under these specifications and those previously in force, the Faculty shall ensure that the candidate is not materially disadvantaged by these specifications.

13. The approved abbreviation for the degree of Graduate Certificate in Business Studies shall be GCBusStd.