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Graduate Diploma in Management

Perfect for the busy Senior Manager, this mid-level postgraduate qualification can be taken standalone or as part of the pathway to MBA. 

The Graduate Diploma in Management provides a solid grounding and depth of understanding of a broad range of theory, practical business strategies and applications.  The eight core units are designed to equip you with the skills you need to be an effective leader and give you the confidence to apply the latest theory and ideas to real life situations. 

About AIM Business School’s MBA Program

Leveraging 76 years, AIM has been the trusted career partner of Australian leaders and managers at every stage of their career journey. As a preferred training provider to more than 500 Australian companies, AIM trains over 20,000 professionals annually in professional development programs. In 2004, AIM Business School was launched with one core objective - to design an MBA program tailored for the working professional.

We've now enriched hundreds of managers, senior leaders, executives and CEOs with our nationally recognised and accredited MBA program. At AIM Business School, we ensure professionals are empowered to boost their leadership excellence and achieve their next career goal.

You can build towards completing your MBA in three stages, Graduate Certificate in Management, Graduate Diploma in Management and Master of Business Administration (MBA). Each qualification is delivered with a unique blend of practical and theoretical elements focusing on workplace assessments that are directly applicable in your role – and no exams. Plus, with the choice to study online or a blend of on-campus and online options and only 10 – 12 hours of study per week, AIM Business School puts flexibility first allowing students to maintain a work-life balance while building toward their future career goal.

At AIM Business School, our overall Graduate satisfaction is at 93.3% and the median salary of those Graduating is at $110,000, which is 37.75% higher than the national average across Universities and private providers*.

Through our academically credentialed and experienced faculty, an applied learning context and on-going student support – we ensure our students set their sights high and are enabled to achieve their ultimate career ambitions.

*2017 QILT Graduate Satisfaction Survey

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    Monthly Intakes – Start Anytime!

AIM Business School’s nationally recognised and accredited MBA program is governed by the Tertiary Education and Standards Agency (TEQSA) within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). TEQSA is an Australian government agency that regulates and assures the quality of Australia's higher education sector which ensures that our MBA program is of the highest quality.

At AIM Business School, we also have established strategic collaborations with some important private education providers across the globe. These international collaborations are grounded in a common objective – to connect people and organisations everywhere with learning.

Some of these international collaborations are with:

  • UAE
  • Hong Kong
  • Sri Lanka
  • Colombia
  • India and more!

A great starting point, the Graduate Diploma in Management has entry options for the most experienced managers. Enter with:

  • Bachelor degree and two years’ relevant management experience

Alternatively, for managers who do not have a completed undergraduate degree, you can enter the MBA program by starting at the Graduate Certificate of Management with:

  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma and three years’ management experience
  • No formal tertiary qualification but five years’ relevant management experience

Successfully completing the Graduate Diploma gives you a formal qualification and allows you entry into the Master of Business Administration.


At AIM Business School, you determine how fast you want to study. Choose from our accelerated full-time, flexible part-time or extended option based on your preferences.


Fast track your studies. Complete your Graduate Diploma in 1 year full-time with 20 - 24 hours of study per week.


Our most popular study mode. Complete each stage of your Graduate Diploma in 2 years part-time with 10 - 12 hours of study per week.


Complete your Graduate Diploma over an extended time period of your choice, allowing you the flexibility of up to 4 years to complete your Graduate Diploma.

8 Core Units

  • Leading, Managing & Developing People*
  • Managing Financial Resources*
  • Marketing for Managers*
  • Managing Operational Improvement*
  • Managing, Developing & Implementing Strategy
  • Economics for Managers
  • Business Research Methods
  • Business Decision Making & Analysis

*These units make up the Graduate Certificate in Management.

This course will allow you to get a feel for the requirements of a postgraduate management qualification, as you build towards undertaking a full MBA degree. You will bolster your existing experience in management and graduate with a formal qualification that represents your professional skills and ambition. Career outcomes include:

  • Management Consultant
  • Director
  • General Manager
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Executive General Manager and more!

The Graduate Diploma qualifies for FEE-HELP, a government loan given to eligible students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees.  Students can still access FEE HELP if their employer is contributing to the cost of the program.

You are eligible for FEE HELP if you:

  • are studying at an approved FEE HELP provider (approved provider) or through Open Universities Australia (OUA);
  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements;
  • are enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for that unit; and
  • have not exceeded the FEE HELP limit.

Students who can provide evidence of previous study at a similar AQF level or demonstrable equivalent experience, may on application, be provided with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer for up to 50% of a respective course. All applications for exemption or RPL will be assessed on an individual basis.

For students seeking RPL based on experience only, an assessment fee applies per unit for successful applications. Enquire with our team today to discuss your options.