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Excellence with flexibility

Whether you’re a leader of today or tomorrow, you now have access to Australia’s premier Business School, wherever you are.

With six intakes per year, begin or pick up your studies when it suits you best. Study in a flexible way with an online format designed to fit into your life.

Business rigour with practical application

Study a Professional Certificate in Business Administration that is best in class.

Build on your abilities while developing a skillset to apply theory to practice and meet the changing demands of the market head-on.

Bringing together collaboration and networking

A program specifically designed to facilitate collaboration, as well as networking opportunities with industry leaders and business professionals. 

Authentic syndicate groups, plus opportunities to attend online and in-person events, will enrich your connection to your peers and industry.

Learn from the best and brightest minds in business

Taught by some of the world's leading academics and industry experts, gain exposure to cutting-edge research through a future-focused curriculum designed to meet the changing demands of the market.

Globally accredited degree

With accreditation from AACSB and EFMD (EQUIS), graduate with a globally accredited degree.

Experience a top-tier learning environment with the Professional Certificate in Business Administration from Melbourne Business School Online.

  • Online Study
  • Start: Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug, Oct
  • 4+ months
  • $4,880 per subject

Why study a Professional Certificate in Business Administration with Melbourne Business School Online?

Australia's premier Business School is now online

The Professional Certificate in Business Administration is comprised of two subjects. You will complete the Business Essentials subject, which is the foundation of the online MBA program, as well as one other subject of your choice. Gain fundamental business skills that you can immediately apply within your role and make an impact. 

Immediately applicable learnings 

Develop the fundamentals of business and equip yourself with the essential personal skills and management tools for becoming a better business executive. 

An insight into the world of business efficiencies  

Gain a sound understanding of the critical elements of becoming an efficient business professional.  

Career ready, connected graduates 

Supported by the best in business and connected to a network of like-minded business professionals, the online Professional Certificate in Business Administration prepares you to ignite ideas, lead organisations and meet change head-on.  

Exceptional E-learning

Fuelled by our Signature Pedagogy, we present a best-in-class online business curriculum.  

Community: Enter Australia's premier business network. Gain personal access to a select circle of peers, academic leaders, and industry experts. 

Challenge: Expand strategic thinking across diverse contexts. Go beyond learning to excel, leaving a lasting impact in a complex world. 

Expertise: Explore diverse ideas and opinions to enrich your knowledge base and professional brand.

Engagement: Embark on an immersive academic journey. Dive into tailored learning activities and real-world challenges.

Learn more about our exceptional online learning experience

Quiz and test, weekly reading, video and webinars

What you will study

While undertaking this online Professional Certificate in Business Administration program, you will complete two subjects, totalling 25 credit points, over four months.  You will study the equivalent of one subject (12.5 credit points) each study period. There are two half subjects (6.25 credit points) which are indicated in the list below. 

Core subject:

This subject establishes a foundation essential not only for being an effective manager, but also for the remainder of the program. It provides an overview of key areas that need to be managed effectively for an organisation to be successful, and the interconnectedness of those areas. Key areas addressed include strategy, marketing, organisational values and sustainability. 

The equivalent of one subject from those listed below: 

Accounting is the “language of business” and is used for performance measurement, business contracting and managerial decision-making. An understanding of and the ability to use accounting information will be essential to students' success as a manager. This subject provides students with foundational accounting knowledge useful not only internally for managerial decision-making, but also for more externally-focused judgments (eg: benchmarking an organisation’s strengths and weaknesses).  

Organisations face many adaptive challenges to survive and thrive in a complex and uncertain environment, driven by forces such as globalisation and technology. This subject helps students become leaders in this context. Leadership is particularly important in organisation structures that are flat, flexible, diverse and global.  

Organisations operate within a societal context of diverse stakeholders. Students examine the relationship of the organisation with these stakeholders, as well as their own responsibility to stakeholders. They consider strategies for achieving social responsibility goals such as environmental sustainability, employee satisfaction and societal welfare, taking into account both the ethical case and the business case for such strategies.

Contemporary organisations are awash in data, whether it be about their customers, internal operating processes or financial activities. Harnessing this data allows managers to better understand their organisation, and thus make more informed decisions. This subject addresses fundamental data analytic skills necessary to extract information from data that then can be used to make better managerial decisions.

Effective management of individuals, teams and organisations requires an understanding of human behaviour. This subject examines human behaviour at the individual, group and organisational levels through a business lens. This subject assists students to better manage themselves, and better manage and lead other people, groups and organisations.  

To be successful, organisations need to recognise, create, grow and protect market-based assets that influence demand. This subject focuses on the challenges organisations face in managing demand, and how to address those challenges with optimal demand-side strategies. 

Economics is relevant to everything an organisation does, from its operations and performance to its interactions with stakeholders and society more broadly. This subject addresses fundamental economic concepts and analytical skills, providing students with the tools of economic reasoning necessary for developing and evaluating strategic business options and making better decisions.

The Melbourne Business School Online experience

Melbourne Business School Online provides a flexible and immersive learning experience designed to adapt to the diverse needs and circumstances of all students.

Six intakes per year

With multiple enrolment opportunities per year, adapt your studies to your life - not the other way around.

When life gets too busy, rest assured that the support you need to succeed is at your fingertips.

An online experience designed for today

We provide our students with a premium online learning experience to meet their study goals.

No matter where you study, which device you study on or how you study - the learning experience is of the highest quality. 

Accessible for the ambitious

We have broken down the barriers to studying with Australia’s premier Business School.

Regardless of your work schedule, responsibilities, time zone or other factors studying with Melbourne Business School Online is designed to be accessible for the ambitious.

Fees & Requirements

To apply for the Melbourne Business School Online Professional Certificate in Business Administration, applicants must have:   

  • A university degree and two years of work experience, or six years of work experience 
  • Met the University's English language requirements 

Documentary evidence of meeting the accepted minimum scores within the previous 24 months may be required. 

The minimum accepted scores are:   

  • IELTS (Academic) – 7.0 overall, with no band less than 6.5   
  • TOEFL IBT – minimum score of 102, with a written score minimum of 24 and no individual score lower than 21   
  • PTE - English Academic PTE with a minimum score of 72, written communicative skill of 65 and no other communicative skill below 64.

$4,880 per subject*, a total of $9,760 for the program*. 

FEE-HELP is available for eligible Australian citizens. 

*Fees listed are for calendar year 2024. Melbourne Business School Online reserve the right to adjust course fees annually.  

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Graduate Certificate In Business Administration

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Graduate Diploma In Business Administration

Gain a robust business toolkit that will develop your understanding of how to deliver value across all areas of business.

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The Professional Certificate in Business Administration is a comprehensive program offered by Melbourne Business School Online. It consists of two subjects, including the foundational Business Essentials subject and another subject of your choice. This program focuses on providing fundamental business skills, essential personal skills, and management tools for immediate application in your professional role.

The Professional Certificate in Business Administration from Melbourne Business School Online is a unique offering designed to equip students with immediately applicable learnings in business essentials. It serves as the foundation for further postgraduate studies and offers flexibility for career-driven individuals.

As of 2023, the Melbourne Business School Online MBA is ranked as Australia's #1 MBA by QS International Trade Ranking. While specific global rankings may vary, it holds international accreditation from AACSB and EFMD (EQUIS), ensuring it meets high-quality standards.

The program offers flexibility, collaboration opportunities, and a curriculum designed to align with the evolving business landscape, making it a valuable choice for career growth.

The Professional Certificate in Business Administration imparts fundamental business knowledge, essential personal skills, and insights into business efficiencies, managerial ethics, and data analytics. This program is crafted to provide an immediate impact on your role and enhance your understanding of critical business elements.

Graduates of the Professional Certificate in Business Administration are supported by the best in business and connected to a network of like-minded professionals. The program prepares individuals to ignite ideas, lead organisations, and meet change head-on by providing practical and applicable skills.

To apply for the MBS Online Professional Certificate of Business Administration, applicants must meet the University’s English language requirements and have a university degree and two years of work experience or six years of work experience.

The online Professional Certificate in Business Administration typically takes four months to complete. During this time, you will study two subjects, totaling 25 credit points. The program's flexibility allows you to complete the equivalent of one subject (12.5 credit points) each study period, adapting to your schedule and commitments.

The Professional Certificate in Business Administration is a valuable credential, recognised globally with accreditation from AACSB and EFMD (EQUIS). This program improves your business skills, ensuring that you can immediately apply them in your current role. Additionally, it positions you for further postgraduate studies, such as the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, and MBA offered by Melbourne Business School Online.