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Business Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Business Studies will equip you with the skills and knowledge to succeed.

You’ll cultivate skills in critical thinking and analysis, reflective practice and professional presentation. Plus, you’ll develop an understanding of contemporary business theory and practices around marketing, accounting, sustainability practices, and organisational management.

This Graduate Certificate is ideal for those students who want to undertake postgraduate coursework programs with the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, but have never studied at university before. It’s also great for those who want a formal qualification to support their professional experience.

Course Options

Graduate Certificate in Business Studies

0.5 year min, 2 years max*
Hobart or Online* CRICOS 094432J

View course details Graduate Certificate in Business Studies

*Subject to international student visa conditions if applicable.

Consolidate your experience into a business qualification and develop the skills to become a more effective leader.

Build your professional networks while working collaboratively in intensive workshops.

Begin your journey towards an MBA or other postgraduate business courses.

Study options

Accounting for Managers

Learn to use accounting techniques to enhance your decision making. You’ll learn how financial statement analysis impacts an organisation’s financial position, performance and cash flow. You’ll also explore other forms of corporate reporting, critically evaluating issues of ethics and corporate governance in business.

Corporate Sustainability

Learn how to think critically about the role of accounting in supporting sustainable development. You’ll examine the ways in which accounting can be used to generate positive social and environmental benefits for various stakeholders.

Fundamentals of Management

This unit will advance your understanding of fundamental management principles that can be applied in various organisational settings. You’ll explore management theory, research theory and review case studies for the purpose of strengthening the ability to manage business problems through to solutions.

Foundations of Marketing

Develop your knowledge of what marketing is, how it works and why’s is important in the business context. You’ll learn the key theories and concepts upon which the marketplace can be understood, assessed and targeted. Plus, you’ll develop the foundational knowledge and skills to manage the process through which a firm’s value is marketed to customers.

Course breakdown

In this course, you’ll complete the four core units (50 credit points) below:

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Foundations of Marketing

Completion of this program gives you 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.

Career outcomes

By completing the Graduate Certificate in Business Studies, you can gain professional qualifications in preparation for your next role, or to upskill in your existing position. You will have developed your critical thinking skills, which are so necessary for business decision making, and gained valuable knowledge in the core areas of business management.

Students who continue on to complete further postgraduate study, such as a Master of Business Administration, join a cohort of graduates who are leaders in business – locally, nationally and globally. You will gain the skills to lead and achieve in your chosen field, both in a general and industry-specific context and from SMEs to multinational corporations.

Business graduates have a competitive edge in whatever career path they choose. MBA graduates, for instance, are strongly represented amongst the world’s leading CEOs, relationship managers, business consultants, finance executives, entrepreneurs and company directors.

Career opportunities

Careers requiring business skills are growing fast, with employers demanding formal qualifications. Here are some of the careers projected to grow into 2025.*

*National Skills Commission five year projections from November 2020 to November 2025.

Business Administration Managers


Predicted Job Growth to 2025

Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers


Predicted Job Growth to 2025

Corporate Services Manager: Future Demand


National Skills Commission - Skills Priority List (June 2021)

Study Experiences

Boost your career in business with postgraduate study.

"I found it very rewarding… you get the ‘return on your investment’ through learning new things you can immediately use in your work, not to mention everyone is in the same boat! You’ll meet so many like-minded people along the way, who become life-long friends."

Find out more about Dayna's study experience

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.