Graduate Certificate in Business Consulting

Duration0.5 years full-time, 1 year part-time
Next start termTerm 2, 2024
Study modeOnline
Course codeCM38
First-year fee
$8,160 (Indicative) (CSP)
$12,987 (Indicative) (FFP)
This course offers Commonwealth Supported Places, meaning you may be eligible for significant fee savings.
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Whether your background is in information technology, finance, management or another field, leverage your commercial acumen and gain formal credentials in business consulting with CQUni's Graduate Certificate in Business Consulting. You will develop your knowledge of contemporary business consulting practices to undertake analysis, provide guidance and mentor organisations to effectively drive performance, efficiency and achieve business objectives. Benefit from the flexibility to choose an elective to suit your interests and learn more about organisational change management, business analytics, or project management. 

The Graduate Certificate in Business Consulting allows you to acquire academically rigorous knowledge of contemporary business consulting practices, principles, and tools and gain formal credentials to confidently work with clients in a business consultancy capacity.

This course will prepare you to undertake business analysis and provide expert advice, guidance and support to organisations who seek to implement change, identify and solve problems, or improve business strategies and operations. During your studies, you will gain key consulting skills across effective business communications, mentoring and leadership, problem solving, planning, and organisational analysis. Choose from three electives allowing you to tailor the course to suit your interests including organisational change management, business analytics, or project management. Upon completion, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to join an established business consultancy or develop your own consulting business.

As a leader in online education with more than 40 years of experience delivering distance education, you will benefit from the flexibility to study this course online, part-time. 

Study experience

Career Opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Business Consulting focuses on building the knowledge and skills required by professional business consultants. Students will be able to apply their learning to consultancy roles in established consulting firms, or may choose to set up their own consultancy business. Since consultancy professionals operate across all industries and organisations, including the corporate, government and third (not-for-profit) sectors, graduates will have a wide range of opportunities to focus on an area of interest. Specifically, student may seek employment as:

  • Strategy or management consultants
  • Marketing, human resource, or finance consultants
  • Change management or corporate transformation consultants
  • Project management consultant

Structure & Availability


Course Structure

You are required to complete three core units and one elective.

Unit Information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit Transfer Information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Online Availability

Term 1, 2023Available Online
Term 2, 2023Available Online
Term 3, 2023Available Online
Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online

Full-time and Part-time Studies

If you choose to start your studies in Term 1, you can study either full- or part-time. If you commence in Term 2 or Term 3 the course is only available part-time. 

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

This course has no residential schools.


To be eligible

For your application to be considered, you must meet the following entry requirements. 

During your study

While not needed to apply, you'll need to meet the following requirements throughout your studies. 

Fees & Scholarships

Indicative First-Year Fee

Indicative first-year CSP place
Indicative first-year FFP place

The Indicative First-Year Fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year depending on the type of place you are offered, for example, a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) or Full Fee Paying (FFP) Place. For a graduate certificate, this is usually four units studied full-time over one term or part-time over two terms. Your actual fees may vary depending on the units you select to study and your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and are subject to change. 

Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth Supported Places

With Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for this course in 2024, you may be eligible for significant fee savings, provided you meet CSP eligibility requirements. CSPs are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees.

If you are not eligible for a CSP or if CSPs are full, you will be required to pay full fees.


You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan if you are offered a CSP. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. 

Learn more about paying for university.

Part of your course costs will include Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). SSAF is charged in addition to your student contribution or tuition fees and is used to help enhance your study experience. There may also be other costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

How to apply

How to apply

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