Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global Online

Why a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global with JCU?

James Cook University’s (JCU) online Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global is designed for aspiring leaders who want to thrive in a contemporary business environment and immediately apply their knowledge to drive growth and obtain an advantage.

100% online & part-time

Fast-track your career with flexible study you can balance around your life. Study one subject at a time and complete your degree in as little as 16 months part-time.

A pathway for further study

After completing your Graduate Certificate, you can easily continue your studies and gain a graduate diploma or master’s degree.

Entry without a Bachelor degree is available

Leverage your relevant work experience to gain entry into the course without a Bachelor degree.

Program Highlights

  • Gain a global perspective and harness your understanding of international markets to inform business practice.
  • Learn how to analyse and leverage data to make strategic decisions.
  • Become an effective leader by enhancing your management capabilities.
  • Fast-track your career with 100% online study.
  • Be supported by a dedicated Student Success Advisor.
  • Begin a pathway to further study.
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Succeed in a global business environment

Technology is providing greater connection to global thinking and revolutionising the way business is conducted around the world.

With JCU’s online Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global, you will gain the decision-making skills required to act quickly and adapt within a dynamic and globalised world. You will learn how to tackle complex business problems by analysing data. This course will also teach you to employ strategic management skills so you can lead teams and create business sustainability.


What you will study

To complete the online Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global, you will study eight subjects. Each subject runs for seven weeks, in addition to an orientation week, with six enrolment periods per year.

You’ll gain the skills to make impactful strategic decisions in global business contexts, solve complex problems through data and develop the knowledge to become a competent leader, who drives sustainable growth and creates positive outcomes.

Want more details about these subjects? Find out more from our course guide.


*Duration dependent on individual study path and subject availability. Please speak to an Enrolment Advisor for more information.

Graduate Certificate subjects
  • Data Analysis and Decision Modelling
    This subject provides an integrated knowledge for understanding and managing information resources, building basic business intelligence systems, interpreting business statistics and developing practical decision models. Read more
  • Marketing Strategy, Analytics and Development
    This subject provides a comprehensive understanding of marketing roles and functions within an organisation and the marketplace. Read more
  • Management and Leadership Skills
    This subject explores a variety of core concepts and theories from sociology, psychology and organisational science which form the knowledge base for leadership and management skills. Read more
  • Information Management and Analytics Technology
    This subject examines the technologies, information and analytics required for the effective management and control of modern firms. Read more
Graduate Diploma subjects
  • Business Innovation and Technology Management
    This subject provides a strategic perspective of technology and innovation management and its impact on the competitive positioning of organisations. Read more
  • Corporate Strategy
    This subject provides the fundamentals of corporate-level strategy. Read more
  • Data Information: Management, Security, Privacy and Ethics
    This subject introduces concepts and techniques related to a variety of topics in this area, ranging from database management to data security, privacy and ethics. Read more
  • Corporate Finance
    This subject introduces basic concepts of finance, and establishes a ‘finance mindset’ with value creation as a central concept for financial planning and decision-making. Read more

Course information

Our Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global will give you the global perspective you need to succeed in today’s complex economy.

  • Entry Requirements
  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Career Outcomes
  • Inherent Requirements
Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enrol in the online Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global, applicants must have:

  • Completion of a Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline and two (2) years’ business experience; or
  • Completion of an Honours degree or postgraduate studies in any discipline and two (2) years’ business experience; or
  • Four (4) years’ business experience in a managerial role* to the satisfaction of the Course Coordinator; or
  • Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Business Law and Governance as equivalent to the above.

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

* Applicants must have a minimum of four years full-time equivalent professional work experience in a management, leadership or supervisory level in a business environment or be eligible for a member grade status of a relevant professional organisation. Students will have demonstrable effective management experience relating to organisational behaviour, business, strategy, marketing, economics, communication and people management, supported by a detailed CV and proof of work experience (e.g. a letter from an employer detailing the position and job description).

Not sure if you meet these entry criteria? Our Enrolment Advisors can assist you.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The duration of your course is dependent on your previous education levels and your work. This could reduce the number of subjects you study to gain your postgraduate qualification. Call our Enrolment team to discuss your options.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global, graduates will be able to:

  1. Integrate and apply an advanced body of knowledge, including an understanding and awareness of recent developments in one or more business disciplines.
  2. Retrieve, analyse and evaluate information, concepts and theories from a range of sources.
  3. Apply a range of methods, techniques and tools to plan and conduct business.
  4. Organise, analyse and interpret business data using analytical, statistical and digital skills to make informed decisions.
  5. Model and present advanced communication skills to diverse audiences using written and oral English language skills and digital tools.
  6. Identify, analyse and generate solutions to problems in global and tropical contexts
  7. Plan and support effective, resilient and inclusive businesses and communities through innovative and sustainable business practices.
  8. Exercise independent ethical judgement and governance in a variety of business contexts
  9. Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to identify and manage professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others
Career Outcomes

After completing your Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global, you will have the expertise and skills to thrive in positions such as:

  • Account Executive
  • Consultant
  • Business Development Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Finance Manager
  • General Manager
  • Industry Specialist Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Sales Manager

The 2021 Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment found domestic undergraduates employed full-time had a median annual salary of $60,700 in comparison with $110,000 earned by domestic postgraduates in Business and Management.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession.

All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course.

Meet our Business Academics

Our academics will empower you to become a stronger business leader who applies innovative thinking to create successful and sustainable business practices in both local and global contexts.

Nested qualifications: Early entry exit options

The Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global is a ‘nested qualification’ within the 12-subject Master of Business Administration (MBA) Global. While you complete your diploma, you will also gain your Graduate Certificate of Business Administration Global.

Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma, you can either exit the course or continue your studies towards the MBA Global.


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Your personalised Enrolment Advisor

The role of an Enrolment Advisor is to ensure that you have all the resources and academic support needed to be successful in your studies.

Enrolments Advisors are here to help you with:

  • Determining your eligibility for the course.
  • Understanding the structure of your course and what you can expect to learn.
  • Time management strategies for success.
  • How to apply for financial assistance and FEE-HELP.
  • Any questions you have about your application.

Contact hours for your Enrolment Advisor 

Monday and Tuesday: 8am-6pm (AEST)
Wednesday and Thursday: 8am-7pm (AEST)
Friday: 8am - 5pm (AEST)


Frequently Asked Questions

Why do a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global?
A Graduate Diploma of Business Administration can assist professionals to further their career. This degree can help with employability, earning potential, promotions and practical knowledge which you can take into your workplace. It can also be a pathway to a master degree.
What do you learn in a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global?
JCU Online's Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global offers a unique combination of big-picture thinking, data-driven decision making and leadership.
Does Graduate Diploma of Business Administration cover risk analysis?
All decisions in business have some risk one way or another, therefore every subject focuses on this. These units aim to enable you to both analyse and interpret risk to be able to make educated business decisions.
Are mergers and acquisitions covered in this course?
Yes. Students will explore how to identify and value the benefits of successful mergers and acquisitions in the Corporate Strategy and Corporate Finance subjects along with diversification, restructuring and other global strategies.
What is the class interaction like with lecturers and other students?
The JCU Online learning environment enables you to connect, interact and collaborate with your classmates, tutors and academics. Along with weekly collaboration sessions with academics, you will also get 24/7 access to discussion boards to interact with peers and academic staff, live video conferencing, podcasts and webinars.
Are there networking opportunities available with this Graduate Diploma?
Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with like-minded students from a wide range of organisations and industries.
How long does it take to complete this Graduate Diploma?
JCU Online's Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global takes a minimum of 16 months part-time to complete, allowing you to study without sacrificing work or family life.
How much does it cost to complete the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global?
JCU Online's Graduate Diploma of Business Administraton Global costs $3,700 per subject and there are four subjects total. FEE-HELP is available for eligible students.
What is FEE-HELP?
Some students may be eligible for government assistance to help their study. For more information and to see if you are eligible visit here.


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