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What will I learn?

Gain global perspective to drive your business forward

Whether you’re a manager, leader, business owner or consultant, you can drive tremendous growth for your organisation if you have the knowledge and decision-making skills to act quickly and adapt within a dynamic, globalised world.

James Cook University’s (JCU) online Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global is designed from the ground up for leaders who want to thrive in contemporary business environments. You will learn how to tackle complex business problems, identify drivers for business sustainability and competitive advantage, as well as exemplify vanguard leadership to move your organisation into the future.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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.

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.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global is a ‘nested qualification’ within the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Global. It forms part of the 12-subject MBA Global, along with the Graduate Certificate qualification level.

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

Study options

Online/Distance (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$26,960.00 (14,82,948) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

May 2022, July 2022, September 2022, October 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Completion of at least an AQF level 8 qualification in a relevant discipline with a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (credit average) in the final year AND a grade of credit (65%) or better in a minimum of one advanced research methods or analysis subject; or other qualifications recognised by the University as equivalent.

For international students

  • Completion of a Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline and two (2) years’ business experience; or
  • Completion of an Honours or postgraduate degree 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.

IELTS - 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (internet based) - 86 (no component less than 21); Pearson (PTE Academic) - 58 (no component less than 54); C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency: 176 (no component less than 169).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020.

  • Ranked in the top 300 universities in the world
  • Rated world-class or better in 83 per cent of research areas
  • Top 100 universities in the world for UN SDG
  • Rated 5 stars for employment, student support and skills