Graduate Diploma of Business Management (GradDipBM)

Award Graduate Diploma in Business Management
AQF Level AQF 8
Typical Duration 1 year
CRICOS Code 074570J
Unit of Study 7
Structure 7 Core units


The objective of the Graduate Diploma in BM is to equip graduates with business management skills and advanced knowledge to enable them to enter the workforce in the roles of Line Managers or Assistant Managers or equivalent. The Graduate Diploma in BM builds on the common foundation obtained in the Graduate Certificate in BM course, and aims to provide a sound basis for integrated learning of general management fundamentals. In addition to the units studied in the Graduate Certificate in BM, the Graduate Diploma in BM requires students to further complete 3 units of study.

Today's managers need to think strategically and demonstrate mastery of managerial perspectives that can optimise business value. The focus in APIC programs is to study management within an extended framework, characterised by organisational core competencies. We apply an integrated business planning and development approach that has due emphasis on the delivery of business goals and achievement of triple objectives of financial, social and environment. This approach transcends traditional models and focuses on the development of a superior class of creative-reflective practitioners and business leaders.

Government and Professional Accreditation

  • APIC courses are formally accredited and registered by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and included in the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
  • APIC is formally registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). GradDipBM CRICOS Code is 074570J.

Course Learning Outcomes

KnowledgeGraduates of the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration will:

  • demonstrate up-to-date knowledge of a chosen business specialisation in national, regional, and international contexts;


Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration will:

  • be highly skilled in the use of analytical tools and evidence-based decision making;
  • actively contribute to productive teams across multiple divisions within a business.

Application of knowledge and skills

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration will:

  • be an influencer of others, generating and integrating new ideas;
  • demonstrate and value high ethical standards, integrity and professional achievement.


The Course Structure for this degree is shown below. The Graduate Diploma of Business Management is awarded after completing 7 course units (39 credit points).

Graduate Diploma of Business Management (GradDipBM)
Entry requirements: recognised degree and English proficiency
Credit hours Credit points
Semester 2 Total 45 18
GradDipBM Total Over 2 Semesters 97 39
Semester 1
Focus: basics, existing systems, incremental improvement
Career level: Team Leaders/ Supervisors
CPD1102 Professional Development and Ethics 7 3
SBM2101 Operations Management 15 6
SBM2102 Marketing and Business Communications 15 6
SBM2103 Financial Management 15 6
Semester 1 Total 52 21
Semester 2
Focus: specialization, integration
Career level: Line Managers
SBM2104 Human Resources Management 15 6
SBM2105 International Business and Competitive Strategy 15 6
SBM1104 Leadership and Change Management 15 6

To be eligible to graduate from the Graduate Diploma in Business Management, students must successfully complete seven core units: CPD1102; SBM2101; SBM2102; SBM2103; SBM2104; SBM2105; SBM1104.

Course Rules:

  • GradDipBM candidates may exit the program with the Graduate Certificate in Business Management subject to completion of CPD1102, SBM2101, 2102 and 2103.
  • Candidates may take an additional three units to progress to Master of Business Management (MBM): SBM1206 International Business and Competitive Strategy; SBM1104 Project/Program Leadership and Change Management; and 1 unit from the list of Elective Units. SBM1300 Research Project (6 credit points) may be substituted for the Elective Unit.

All credit points gained as part of the Graduate Certificate in Business Management will count towards the GradDipBM requirements provided that the candidate does not exit the program (students may transfer their enrolments subject to conditions advised at the time of transfer).
Please note: Not all units are offered in every semester.


Domestic and Offshore International students
The course may be studied in full-time and/or part time modes, allowing students complete flexibly. The normal full-time duration is 1 year (2 semesters).

The number of units undertaken in each semester can be varied to suit individuals, subject to the total duration of candidature not exceeding 3 years (6 semesters), and subject to any conditions as advised at the time of enrolment.

Onshore International students
The CRICOS-registered duration is 1 year of full-time study (2 semesters). Please note the part time mode is not available to holders of a student visa, who are not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, or who are not an Australian permanent resident, or who are a temporary resident of Australia.

Delivery Method
All units of study are hosted on the College’s Online Learning System (OLS), and lectures are generally delivered face-to-face for campus-based students. All tutorials are also conducted under close academic supervision. Students have uninterrupted access to course information, library and other learning resources, and learn from a highly qualified faculty, many of whom have considerable industry experience. The OLS manages the whole process; it has a formalised structure, framework and processes, and regulates the entire delivery process in each semester, providing 24-hour access to course information and learning resources.

Other learning resources include:

  • Lecture notes and suggested readings.
  • Sample assignments and case studies.
  • E-Library.
  • EBSCO Library.

APIC's e-Library hosts a collection of specialised papers and presentation slides often not found in the online databases, and includes a mix of academic and industry-focused studies in project, business and general management. The collection is always expanding as more resources are obtained.

Postgraduate Admission Requirements

APIC Admission policy

Academic Entry Requirements

English language requirements for postgraduate entry

All applicants from a non-English speaking background applying to any postgraduate course at APIC must satisfy the following additional English language requirements:

IELTS Academic: overall band score of 6.5 or higher with no band below 6.0; OR
IBT (Internet-based TOEFL): overall score of 90 with a writing section minimum of 21; OR
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grades A, B, C and C1; OR
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): total score of 58 or over: OR
ELSIS English for Academic Purposes (EAP 2): Grade A; OR
PTE Academic Module with score over 59.

Applicants who do not meet APIC’s English proficiency requirements can be made a conditional offer with a requirement to complete an approved intensive English language course and meet the required standard prior to their commencing their APIC award course.

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