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  • No. 1 in Australia

    The University is ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022.

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    The Financial Times ranked the University of Sydney Business School as 15th in Asia-Pacific in their top 25 business schools in 2018.


In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

Our Graduate Diploma in Business Administration provides you with core knowledge and specialist skills, enhancing your career.

Based on our unique MBA program, but requiring fewer units of study, this diploma is purpose built to unlock your ambitions and refine your leadership skills.

In most circumstances, you can choose to progress to the Master of Business Administration on satisfactory completion of the graduate diploma.

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

This course is currently not available to international student visa holders. 

Starting date

What you'll study

Core units

  • Leadership Practice and Development
  • Strategies for Growth
  • Data Analytics and Modelling
  • Financial Management
  • Critical Analysis and Thought Leadership
  • Innovation in Strategic Marketing , and
  • Managing People and Organisations

Find out more about core and elective units of study.

Completion requirement

The Graduate Diploma of Business Administration requires the completion of 48 credit points comprising two components:

  • 42 credit points in core units of study; and
  • 6 credit points of elective units of study.

Candidates must also complete the zero credit point unit MBA Online Primers.

Admission criteria

To be considered for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • an Australian bachelor's degree or higher qualification or equivalent; and
  • at least five years’ work with at least three years in a managerial role.

Applicants must also:

  1. provide a one-page statement of motivation (outlining what will be achieved professionally and personally by completing the course); and
  2. complete a selection interview.

In exceptional circumstances the School may admit candidates without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Students are able to apply to upgrade from the graduate diploma to the master's degree, upon achieving a credit average (65 percent).

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Professional accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School is a world-class business school at the forefront of global business and management education. Relevant and focused on today's business world, we are the only Australian business school to achieve membership to CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education, in addition to international accreditation from AACSB and EQUIS.

Future study

A postgraduate degree can open doors to further study, whether you are interested in pursuing a research degree, or expanding your postgraduate qualifications and skillset by embarking on a management degree, MBA or specialised business masters.

The Business School offers two research degrees, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), which may be studied full-time or part-time. Embarking on a PhD or masters by research is an opportunity to join a community of recognised leaders in scholarship and make a significant contribution to your area of study. We are home to many leading researchers and attract generous funding in support of our research projects, and the University of Sydney is consistently ranked among the best research universities in the world.

If you are interested in pursuing further postgraduate study, our postgraduate coursework business degrees cater to students from any background and career stage, with pre- and post-experience options available, to help you achieve the future you’ve imagined. Combine your interests and develop specialised skills to be well positioned in an increasingly competitive business environment.

Career Pathways

Our Graduate Diploma in Business Administration has been tailored to equip experienced managers with the knowledge, skills and attributes that they need to adapt, lead and succeed in the context of change.

Graduate with the skills you need to create the future you want. You'll:

  • Learn more about yourself as a leader and how to draw the best out of your team.
  • Be exposed to current insights from across all major business and management disciplines.
  • Master the art of taking theory and turning it into real-world practical solutions.
  • Acquire all the management skills and competencies you need to succeed.
  • Develop the tools to not only be an effective communicator, but to become a thought leader.
  • Become more informed, and able to articulate your point of view, on the contemporary forces shaping our society and business.
  • Develop a lifelong professional network of high-achieving, like-minded peers.

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