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. 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 of elective units 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

To be considered for admission, an applicant is required to have:
• an Australian bachelor’s degree or higher (minimum 50 percent average) or equivalent qualification or
• an Australian bachelor's degree or higher (or equivalent qualification), and satisfactory performance in the GMAT (for guidance, the class average score is 590) or equivalent Business School approved admissions test.

Applicants must also fulfill the following three criteria:
(i) professional work experience of no less than 5 years in a relevant field, as defined by the Business School, with at least 3 years in a managerial role
(ii) complete a selection interview and
(iii) provide a one-page statement of motivation (outlining what will be achieved professionally and personally by completing the course).
Students are able to apply to upgrade from the graduate diploma to the master’s degree, upon achieving a credit average (65 percent).

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 Handbooks Online 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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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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