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

For details of available elective units of study visit:

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.

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.

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.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at:

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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