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Postgraduate Requirements for Graduate Certificate Courses

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Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

Relevant professional work experience (or attend an interview with the relevant Program Manager to assess merit based entry criteria if the applicant does not have relevant professional work experience)*


Meet one of the following academic entry requirements:

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor degree from an Australian higher education institution or overseas equivalent with a minimum grade average, GPA 2.5 (on a 5 point scale). OR

  • Successful completion of a Graduate Certificate from an Australian higher education institution or overseas equivalent. OR

  • Successful completion of at least two award, or two non-award, postgraduate subjects (at AQF Level 8 or above) from an Australian higher education institution or overseas equivalent. OR

  • Successful completion of an approved Postgraduate Qualifying Program from an Australian higher education institution or overseas equivalent. OR

  • For mature age entry (21+): successful completion of a diploma or associate degree qualification (or equivalent as recognised by the Australian Government’s qualifications recognition tool) AND five years of relevant management experience.

*Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience MUST support their application with evidence outlined in section 7.2 of the ICMS Admissions Guidebook. 

English Language Proficiency Requirements for Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

  1. English Language Tests

*Indicates the midpoint of the iBT range

English Language Test must be completed within 2 years prior to the date of commencement of the ICMS course to which the applicant applied.


English Proficiency Requirement by Qualification:

Graduate Certificate of Business

Graduate Certificate of Business (Media and Marketing)

Graduate Certificate of Business (Tourism and Hospitality Marketing)

Graduate Certificate in Event Management

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) | Advanced Standing | Credit Transfer

Have you passed equivalent subjects elsewhere?

Also referred to as ‘recognition of prior learning (RPL) or ‘credit transfers’, advanced standing means that applicants who can demonstrate successful completion of equivalent subjects at a recognised institution may be eligible for credit towards study at ICMS. Exemptions are only granted for subjects studied at diploma or undergraduate level. Similarly, applicants who can demonstrate competence attained through formal training, work experience and/or life experience may also be eligible for advanced standing in an ICMS course.

View the Advanced Standing Policy for more information.

Entry Pathways – Work and Life Experience

Applicants, who are over 18 years of age, may be eligible for admission based on specific work and life experience.

Undergraduate applicants will need to present evidence of at least 2 years of full-time paid work experience. Graduate Certificate applicants will need to present evidence of at least 5 years of appropriate full-time managerial or professional work experience. This evidence must be well documented and include the following:

Statements of service or signed reference letters must be on company letterhead. If an applicant has been self-employed, they should supply a statement from their accountant, solicitor or tax agent.

However, it is not recommended that applicants just rely on work experience, and should consider supplementing it with the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). STAT is used by many institutions to help make informed decisions about offering places in their courses. STAT is usually undertaken by mature age and/or those without an ATAR. For non-school leavers, the Institution accepts results from the STAT multiple-choice test as an alternative means of entry, especially if you are also applying based on work experience. STAT score required for entry is 140.

Applicants may also wish to provide evidence of formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, which demonstrates a reasonable prospect of success in the course applied for.

All evidence provided by the applicant will be checked back to the source for authenticity.

View the ICMS Admissions Guidebook or contact [email protected] for further information.