Graduate Diploma of Business Administration

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Graduate Diploma of Business Administration

Duration: 1 year full-time
Delivery: Blended
Credit points: 48 credit points
Available to: Domestic (FEE-HELP)/International
IELTS: Overall IELTS result of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent English Language proficiency test result)
AQF: Level 8
Tuition fee: International students: $8,120 semester/$16,240 total

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The focus of the Excelsia College Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (GDBA) is leadership of organisations with an ethical and social responsibility orientation. The program is designed to develop in students’ leadership skills as well as knowledge of ethical and socially responsible practices within organisations. The purpose of the GDBA is to promote and enhance the mission of Excelsia College through the application of scholarship consistent with a Christian worldview in producing graduates prepared to lead in a range of professions and organisational settings.


Where appropriate the course is supplemented by biblical, ethical, philosophical, and social scientific materials and perspectives. These materials and perspectives are intended to enhance, not detract from, contemporary understandings of business contexts, practices, and environments. Where such materials and perspectives are deployed in the course, linkages to relevant business understandings are made explicit. Such linkages include, but are not limited to:

• the applicability of values-based leadership from a general-management and organisation-specific perspective;

• the role of biblical and moral insights with respect to the capacity to think and act strategically and ethically under conditions of rapid change and uncertainty;

• a focus on personal integrity and the holistic well-being of people when analysing and integrating business policies, practices and procedures;

• social and sustainable enterprise in the context of finance, human resources, information systems, international business, and general leadership and management, and

• the capacity to communicate ethically and effectively, to work productively in teams, to use information technology thoughtfully, and to candidly appraise personal abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.


Philosophically, the GDBA is ‘outward looking,’ with a clear orientation towards managers as global citizens, decision makers and leaders, from initiating organisational research all the way through the value chain to marketing and after-sales service.

The program takes a human-centric approach to management education that incorporate human values of empathy as well as the development of critical analytical thinking and design thinking. The goal from this orientation to management education to is make the Excelsia College GDBA graduate a better business leader connected to the real world and communities in which businesses operate.

Completion of the 8 units in the GDBA provides a pathway for admission into the MBA

Leadership Theory

Learn to analyse and explain historical trends in leadership as well as distinguish between leadership and management functions. Students will apply and synthesise leadership theories and practices to case studies.

Organisational Behaviour and Leadership

Study how people’s behaviours and motivations as individuals and teams determine the character, dynamics and effectiveness of an organisation. Learn how to analyse and integrate values-based frameworks in addressing leadership and organisational behavioural challenges.

Applied Management Theory

Learn to analyse the business environment and determine effective management practices. Students will evaluate the relationship between leadership and management and maintain an awareness of the ethical challenges involved in each.

Professional Ethics

Analyse significant contemporary ethical issues and challenges in business from a Christian perspective. Students will also learn leadership strategies to deal with ethical dilemmas and examine decision-making frameworks at the personal and organisational levels.

Stewardship and Governance

Understand and apply stewardship principles to influence organisations for sustainable performance through contributions to human, environmental and societal wellbeing. Integrate socially responsible practices and corporate governance in businesses through the lens of stewardship.  

Organisational Learning and Change

Learn how to effectively identify and critique different approaches to change. Students will also begin to integrate the concepts and principles of organisational change and organisational learning in designing and implementing plans for development and transformation.

Business Strategy and Policy

Learn to critically appraise business networks, partnerships and alliances, and the policies associated with managing these relationships, while exhibiting awareness of the ethical challenges involved in formulating business strategy.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Explore the economic, cultural and environmental impacts of globalisation. Students learn to evaluate models of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development in terms of agendas, effectiveness and long-term viability, while maintaining awareness of ethical aspects in regards to exploitation in marketing, branding and political purposes.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an Australian Higher Education Institution or approved international university 


Applicants must hold a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration or a Diploma in a business or management related field from an Australian Higher Education Institution or approved international university 


Applicants without a formal qualification may apply for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration based on a minimum of 5 years documented managerial work experience or completion of a professional qualification plus managerial work experience. These applicants will be assessed by the Excelsia College Admissions Committee in consultation with the Head of School on a case-by-case basis

Applicants who did not complete their bachelor degree in English at an approved institution in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America will be required to demonstrate English Language proficiency. Such applicants must have an overall IELTS result of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent English Language proficiency test result.

Please refer to the credit and RPL policies and procedures in the Admissions Framework.

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