Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Our graduate diplomas provide you with core knowledge in your chosen study area. You will develop specialist skills and knowledge, enhancing your career and enabling you to progress to a masters qualification. 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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Course outline


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 in elective unit of study.

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

Core units

  • SMBA6001 Leadership Practice and Development,
  • SMBA6002 Strategies for Growth,
  • SMBA6003 Data Analytics and Modelling,
  • SMBA6004 Financial Management,
  • SMBA6005 Critical Analysis and Thought Leadership,
  • SMBA6006 Innovation in Strategic Marketing, and
  • SMBA6007 Managing People and Organisations    

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Elective units

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Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The Sydney MBA is a general management degree that has been specifically developed to equip managers with the knowledge, skills and attributes that they need to adapt, lead and succeed in the context of change. This gives experienced, high performing managers a competitive edge in today's global marketplace.


Admission requirements

For entry into this course, students must have a bachelor's degree, graduate diploma or other AQF Level 7 qualification, or equivalent at an institution approved by the School and at a standard acceptable to the School (with original transcript to be submitted at, or prior, to interview), with:

  • at least 5 years work experience and experience in a management position;
  • a Statement of Motivation; a one page statement of motivation outlining what the applicant hopes to achieve professionally and personally by completing Graduate Diploma in Business Administration;
  • a selection interview establishing the candidate's suitability for the course.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Business School.

International students

How to apply

The MBA is currently not available to international students studying on a Student Visa. Non-residents legally in Australia on a visa other than a student visa should contact MBA admissions staff for further information.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

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