University of Technology Sydney

C11288v1 Graduate Certificate in Business Strategy

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Business Strategy (GradCertBusStrat)
CRICOS code: 098168K
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus


This course is only available to corporate/sector-based cohorts. It is not available to individual students.

This course is not offered to international students.

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


The Graduate Certificate in Business Strategy is designed for professionals wishing to strengthen their career by extending their analytical skills, enterprise skills and problem-solving capability to address strategic challenges and opportunities. This is achieved by building knowledge and capabilities via subjects that have been co-developed with industry to provide an applied and customised learning experience that adds real value to the participants as well as to their employers. In the studio subject, students gain an understanding of how to design solutions and/or new concepts in an uncertain and changing technological landscape and apply this knowledge to a live project. This can be customised to the needs of a specific cohort of students based on a specific industry or organisational context. The course prepares students to address strategic and innovative challenges and opportunities in the context of multiple stakeholder requirements and changing technologies.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Strategy is designed for cohorts of professionals wishing to develop their skills and capabilities in designing innovative solutions to complex problems aligned to the values and priorities of their employers. It features:

  • applied and customised training in latest discipline-based and transdisciplinary tools and methodologies
  • applied, work-integrated problem solving in live projects with a focus on complex problems and opportunities in digital contexts
  • ongoing coaching and mentoring by experienced industry professionals
  • delivery utilising a blend of online, face-to-face, weekends and block mode learning; 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
  • delivery by leading academics from UTS Business School who are joined by experts from other UTS faculties; students also engage with our extensive network of adjuncts and industry partners who facilitate sessions and coach and mentor students, and
  • a cohort model fostering the development of lasting relationships with like-minded peers.

Course aims

This course prepares students with the key knowledge and methodologies needed to design solutions and recommendations for complex challenges in rapidly changing digital environments. Its focus is on developing:

  • analytical thinkers who analyse, apply and evaluate problem-solving strategies to deliver business value
  • integral thinkers who identify innovative business models
  • 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 design and develop innovative solutions and recommendations to complex challenges that can transform organisations. Career options include a range of management roles responsible for addressing challenges in dynamic and digital environments.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Analyse business models and plans for business development purposes
2.1 Analyse relationships between different types of data sets to gain insights into complex business challenges
2.2 Apply and evaluate problem-solving strategies to deliver business value
2.3 Identify innovative business models in relation to disruptive technologies and trends
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 leader and team contributor
4.1 Appraise moral/ethical dimensions of business decisions and management practices
4.2 Critically evaluate current and planned business practices in terms of sustainability
5.1 Demonstrate advanced skills in professional business practice
5.2 Identify strategies to effect transformational 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 to 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 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.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning is not available for this course.

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

The course totals 24 credit points and comprises four 3-credit-point satellite subjects and one 12-credit-point studio subject.

Course completion requirements

21955 Innovative Strategies 3cp
21954 Sustainable Enterprise in Dynamic Systems 3cp
21953 Decision Making Uncertainty 3cp
21958 Leading Technological Disruption 3cp
21950 Challenge/Opportunity Design 12cp
Total 24cp

Course program

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

May commencing, full time
Year 1
May session
21955 Innovative Strategies   3cp
21954 Sustainable Enterprise in Dynamic Systems   3cp
July session
21953 Decision Making Uncertainty   3cp
21958 Leading Technological Disruption   3cp
Spring session
21950 Challenge/Opportunity Design   12cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Business Practice (C11269), the Graduate Certificate in Business Strategy, 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)