University of Technology Sydney

C11269v1 Graduate Certificate in Business Practice

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Business Practice (GradCertBusPrac)
CRICOS code: 098169J
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 27
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


The Graduate Certificate in Business Practice aims to upskill professionals with latest knowledge and methodologies in key business practice areas. This is achieved by knowledge- and capability-building subjects that have been co-developed with industry to provide an applied learning experience, and a studio subject focused on understanding, analysing and evaluating challenges and opportunities organisations face. Students examine a range of environmental, social and economic drivers of megatrends influencing organisations, industry sectors and societies as they operate within planetary boundaries, and become familiar with systems thinking, multi-level perspectives and multidisciplinary methods for envisioning futures. Students are also introduced to digital technologies and explore how they change existing practices.

The course is designed for professionals wishing to strengthen their career by extending their analytical skills and leadership capability. It features:

  • applied and customised training in key discipline-based and transdisciplinary tools and methodologies
  • applied, work-integrated problem solving with a focus on identifying and analysing complex problems and opportunities in digital contexts
  • development of leadership skills and capabilities
  • all subjects are taught in intensive mode over full Fridays and Saturdays, which means students can keep working while they study, applying what they learn right away on their jobs; weekly sessions are only scheduled for in-class assessments and group coaching and mentoring sessions
  • delivery by leading academics from UTS Business School who are joined by experts from other UTS faculties; students also engage with an extensive network of adjuncts and industry partners
  • a cohort model fostering the development of lasting relationships with like-minded peers.

Course aims

The course prepares students with the key knowledge and methodologies needed to identify, understand and analyse complex challenges in rapidly changing digital environments. Its focus is on developing:

  • analytical thinkers who identify business challenges
  • integral thinkers who integrate different perspectives to address complex challenges
  • effective communicators who engage with diverse audiences
  • responsible leaders who critically evaluate business practices, and
  • forward thinkers who plan for changes in a digital environment.

Career options

The course is suitable for students from business and non-business backgrounds who seek to upskill and develop the ability to analyse and understand complex challenges and opportunities that can transform organisations. Career options include a range of management roles with a focus on driving transformational change in large, private, public and non-profit organisations as well as in SMEs.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of key business concepts and practices
1.2 Analyse business models and plans in context of continuous improvement
2.1 Analyse relationships between different types of information to identify key business challenges
2.2 Evaluate strategies to address business challenges
2.3 Demonstrate knowledge of disruptive technologies and trends and their impact on business models
3.1 Construct and present multi-media communications for diverse audiences
3.2 Acquire knowledge of different stakeholder perspectives
3.3 Demonstrate interpersonal awareness of self and others as a team contributor
4.1 Appraise moral/ethical dimensions of business decisions and management practices
4.2 Critically evaluate business practices in terms of sustainability
4.3 Demonstrate knowledge of cultural and Indigenous perspectives and their implications for leadership
5.1 Demonstrate high-level skills in professional business practice
5.2 Identify strategies to respond to change in a digital environment

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Minimum Academic Requirement: At least grade point average (GPA) of 5.25 out of 7, with less than 10 per cent fail grades.

All applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirement may still be considered on the basis of:

  • a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) overall minimum score of 550

Professional Experience Requirement: At least four years' full time, or equivalent, relevant work experience.

The relevant work experience must be demonstrated through a C.V. and a Statement of Service, confirming the dates of employment and the position held within the organisation.

Interview Requirement: Attend an interview with the director of the Advanced MBA.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
GMAT is a standardised, computer-based assessment used by the world's leading business schools. The test score helps business schools compare applications from around the world in an objective way. Applicants applying with a GMAT should achieve an overall minimum score of 550, with verbal 25, quantitative 35 and AWA 4.0.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 6.5; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 24; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72 overall with a writing score 58; or CAE: 185-190 with a writing score 176.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in one session of full-time study.

Course structure

The course totals 27 credit points and comprises five 3-credit-point satellite subjects and one 12-credit-point studio subject.

Course completion requirements

21956 Leadership Lab 1: Adaptive Leadership 3cp
25720 Applied Financial Management 3cp
24748 Delivering Customer Value 3cp
23707 Philosophy, Politics and Economics 3cp
22788 Accounting Practices and Tools 3cp
21949 Challenge/Opportunity Discovery 12cp
Total 27cp

Course program

A typical full-time program is provided below, for students undertaking the course full time, commencing in February session.

full time
Year 1
February session
25720 Applied Financial Management   3cp
24748 Delivering Customer Value   3cp
Autumn session
21956 Leadership Lab 1: Adaptive Leadership   3cp
21949 Challenge/Opportunity Discovery   12cp
March session
22788 Accounting Practices and Tools   3cp
23707 Philosophy, Politics and Economics   3cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Business Practice, the Graduate Certificate in Business Strategy (C11288), and the Advanced Master of Business Administration (C04367).

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Business School on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)

Business (Postgraduate)