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The Fast-Track MBA

Designed for busy working professionals, this fully online MBA course is highly flexible and delivered with interactive, bite-sized content and personalised student support.

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Graduate Certificate
in Management

AIB’s online Graduate Certificate in Management (GCM) is an accredited postgraduate qualification. The Fast-Track GCM is highly recognised internationally, particularly for its graduate outcomes.

Delivered fully online, the Fast-Track GCM can be completed in as little as 4 months* and gives you practical skills for today’s business landscape. This course can be undertaken as standalone study, or as part of a fully-online MBA course.

Why study our Graduate Certificate in Management?

  • Industry-focused practical learning for today’s business.
  • Gain strategic and leadership skills you can immediately apply.
  • Fully online, flexible and affordable.
  • Complete in as little as 4 months* with 12 start dates per year.
  • Accredited and highly regarded internationally.
  • Join over 20,000 students and alumni from 95 countries.

Highly achievable

For 40 years, we’ve successfully supported more than business school graduates globally.

*To complete the GCM in 4 months, eligibility criteria applies.

Number of Subjects4 subjects
Duration4 to 8 months*
Start Dates12 intakes a year
Entry RequirementsPrior degree
or prior experience
“I hadn’t studied for over 20 years; I hadn’t studied since I left school. With the help of the staff and the tools that are available online, I overcame that. I could study anywhere, anytime, without any problems.”

Why the Australian Institute of Business?

  • AIB is Australia’s no. 1 MBA* and has 40 years of history.
  • AIB offers the full suite of post-graduate business degrees, including Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and the prestigious Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
  • AIB’s programs are fully accredited in Australia, highly regarded internationally and industry aligned.
  • AIB has a global network of more than 20,000 students, alumni, academics and industry experts from 95 countries.
  • In 2024 AIB was awarded Tier 1 Global Status ranking 5th in Australia and 25th globally by CEO Magazine.

*The Australian Institute of Business (AIB) is Australia’s largest provider of MBAs. Source Ready, B. (2023) Domestic Enrolments Surged During COVID After International Students Locked Out, MBA News. Available at: MBA News.

Access your learning materials on the go

Study anywhere, anytime

Rather than expecting you to fit around us, we’ve found innovative ways to make our subjects fit around you.

100% online learning

Our innovative Student Learning Portal is your ultimate digital resource for everything you’ll need to successfully complete your GCM online with the flexibility to access your learning materials, videos, podcasts and other multimedia. You’ll engage with fellow students and have key concepts explained by your Online Facilitators in webinars and forums.

In addition to the Student Learning Portal, the myAIB app allows you to download modules and full subjects to view offline to save your cellular data, receive notifications for assessments and webinars, listen to audio versions of modules through Soundcloud and enjoy many other useful features.

The myAIB learning portal app is available on Google Play and on the Apple App Store.

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GCM – The first stage of your MBA

The Graduate Certificate in Management (GCM) is an entry point and the first stage of the Fast-Track MBA

4 Subjects
Graduate Certificate in Management
4-8 months

GCM Subjects

The Graduate Certificate in Management (GCM) comprises a total of four subjects, which includes Leadership (first subject) and Strategic Management (second subject) and two subjects of your choice from the list of GCM Optional subjects.

GCM Core Subjects (compulsory)
GCM Optional Subjects

Complete the 2 subjects listed below. Additionally, you’re required to select 2 subjects of your choice from the Optional Subjects.

Leadership (First Subject)

The subject provides a scholarly and in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of leadership and how it applies to contemporary leadership practice. Modules covered include: nature and importance of leadership, leadership traits, behaviours and attitudes, leadership styles, leadership culture, ethical issues, leadership when creating change in organisations.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of leadership theories, concepts, and practice, including both traditional and contemporary forms of leadership.
  • Critically evaluate various modes of leadership with consideration of ethical and socially responsible practice.
  • Effectively communicate and apply relevant leadership principles to address diverse needs of various stakeholders.
  • Develop a critically reflective leadership model for your own development.

Strategic Management (Second Subject)

This subject provides comprehensive knowledge of the strategic management process and gives exposure to the concepts and frameworks that are used in understanding a company’s competitive position in domestic and international markets, and the development of new strategies.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of contemporary strategic management theory, concepts and principles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how strategy formulation and strategy implementation processes work in contemporary organisations
  • Conduct an analysis of the internal and external environment of the selected organisational context, using appropriate strategic management theories and frameworks to inform future direction.
  • Critically evaluate different strategic alternatives and suggest an appropriate and ethical pathway for a business to build and sustain competitive advantage.

Marketing Management

This subject discusses the importance and strategic role of marketing in today’s globalised and digital business environment. Students learn practical skills that impact on business growth, like how to analyse the market context in which a business or enterprise is operating, segment the market, select an appropriate target market and recommend strategic and tactical plans that co-create value for the selected target market.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of contemporary marketing theory and practice.
  • Identify a variety of relevant sources of data to undertake a context analysis of the market.
  • Create an evidence based, ethical and innovative marketing solution that aligns with customer value.
  • Communicate marketing knowledge, skills and ideas to others clearly, persuasively and credibly.

Operations Management

This subject provides an in-depth knowledge of issues critical for the efficient and effective management of operations in service, public, manufacturing, not-for-profit, and other sectors.  The subject covers operations management principles, frameworks, and contemporary topics including: process perspective; operations for strategic impact; designing process and operations; delivering services and goods through the supply chain; simplifying and improving operations; risk, resilience, and sustainability in operations and, operations digitalisation.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of operations management principles, frameworks, and contemporary topics.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate operations management issues.
  • Clearly, concisely and credibly communicate operations management knowledge to others.
  • Apply relevant principles and frameworks to develop innovative and evidence-based solutions for complex operations management issues.

Financial Management

This subject prepares students for effective and efficient planning and management of financial resources in organisations. The subject considers how a manager can utilise understanding of accounting and finance concepts in decision making. Modules covered include: understanding and evaluating financial statements, cost management concepts and break-even analysis, working capital management, time value of money, risk and return, basic capital investment decisions, capital structure and the cost of capital.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of core contemporary financial management theory, techniques and practice.
  • Critically evaluate and effectively communicate recommendations to address financial management issues.
  • Apply financial management theory and techniques to professional practice in an ethical manner.

Strategic Human Resource Management

The subject is designed to provide understanding of the formal relationship between the employer and the employee and of the techniques and methods aimed at making that relationship more effective so that organisational goals and objectives are achieved. Modules covered include: introduction to strategic HRM, global labour markets, the changing nature of work, work design and diversity management, workforce planning, Talent management and selection, Talent retention and development, performance management, Remuneration and rewards, Evaluating HRM and return on investment.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of strategic human resource management theory and its application in practice.
  • Critically evaluate, and recommend improvements to existing human resource management strategies.
  • Design and effectively communicate an evidence based human resource management initiative with consideration to ethical concerns.
  • Identify and evaluate different perspectives, value systems and contemporary trends and their impact on strategic HRM.

Corporate Governance*

This subject examines the development, concepts, and significance of the concepts and practice of Corporate Governance, and organisational governance within the context of organisational capacity building.

Pre-requisites: Three AQF Level 8 subjects must be completed before attempting Corporate Governance

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of contemporary corporate governance theories, principles and regulatory frameworks.
  • Use corporate governance theories and frameworks to interpret the key corporate governance responsibility, structure and function in practice.
  • Critically evaluate corporate governance structure and practices with consideration of needs of various stakeholders, corporate ethics and social responsibility.
  • Effectively apply and communicate relevant theories and frameworks to ensure sound and ethical corporate governance decisions in practice.

Project Management*

This subject develops the critical skills, capabilities and knowledge required to successfully manage projects across all stages of the project life cycle, applicable to all industries: service, public, not-for-profit, private, and other sectors.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of project management principles, frameworks, and critical awareness of contemporary approaches needed for managing and leading projects.
  • Critically evaluate, analyse, reflect on, and synthesise information to address complex project management issues in specific contexts.
  • Research, adapt and apply relevant principles and frameworks to develop innovative, ethical, and evidence-based solutions to improving the management of projects.
  • Clearly, concisely and credibly communicate project management knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences to inform practice.

The objective of this capstone subject is to undertake a project related to the chosen area of professional focus. Students will identify an appropriate workplace or industry related research problem or opportunity, conduct a concise review of theories and frameworks, engage in identifying secondary data, analyse the data and present findings in a formal business research report.

Pre-requisite: A minimum of 10 MBA subjects (all AQF level 8 subjects and at least 4 AQF level 9 subjects) must be completed before attempting the Project.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Critically examine contemporary business theory and practices related to an identified enterprise (or industry) problem or opportunity.
  • Demonstrate ability to apply innovative approaches, techniques, ethical perspectives, and the use of secondary data, to an identified enterprise (or industry) problem or opportunity.
  • Critically evaluate business (or industry) concepts and synthesise existing research, theory, and secondary data to advise business stakeholders on business solutions.
  • Communicate evidenced-based recommendations to stakeholders clearly, persuasively, and credibly.

Affordability that delivers what you need, not what you don’t.

AIB’s Graduate Certificate in Management is among the most affordable in Australia, without sacrificing the high quality of education. As an online provider, we don’t have the expense of maintaining campuses and lecture theatres, so you won’t pay for things you don’t need.

Instead, we invest in quality education and academic teams, student support services and innovative technological advancements to focus on delivering the highest quality of programs like the GCM.


In addition to our very affordable course fees, we are FEE-HELP approved for students who are Australian citizens or those who hold appropriate visas. We also offer instalment options, so that the GCM remains an investment and not a liability.

Calculate your FEE-HELP repayments.



To study the AIB Graduate Certificate in Management you only need to meet ONE of the following entry requirements:

Minimum 5 year’s experience

A minimum of five years of relevant work experience, which includes at least three of years management experience, or significant technical experience.

An Advanced Diploma

An Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree (AQF Level 6) or learning equivalent to an AQF Level 6 qualification and at least three years of relevant work experience.

A Bachelor’s degree

A Bachelor’s degree (AQF Level 7) and at least two years of relevant work experience.

Minimum GMAT score of 550

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 550 and at least three years of relevant work experience.

Accredited and Recognised

AIB’s GCM is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), highly regarded internationally and catered specifically to working professionals. 

AIB’s graduates are seen by employers as valuable leaders that drive business growth.

Here’s a snapshot of our memberships, listings and registrations:
  • International Association of Universities (IAU)
  • Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA)
  • Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI)
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA)
  • International Council for Open and distance Education.


AIB is partnering with a series of prominent organisations to strengthen our practical linkage for our valued student community.



Our graduates join an alumni community that today represents more than 95 countries




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Calculate the Return of your Investment

AIB MBA graduates see strong salary increases each year within the first five years after completing their MBA, contributing to much stronger future earnings than if they had not completed their MBA. On average, graduates see an increase of $37,000 since they started the MBA at AIB and 81% of our graduates saw a salary increase since they graduated*.

We have created a ROI calculator based on self-reported salary data of Australian MBA graduates from our 2023 Alumni Insights Survey, so you can crunch the numbers and determine what your ROI could look like.

What is the MBA worth to you? Calculate your ROI today.

*Source: 2023 AIB Alumni Insights Report

Interested in doing a full MBA?

The Graduate Certificate in Management is the perfect pathway to the Australian Institute of Business’s full Fast-Track MBA program.

Build upon the management skills you gain in the GCM with the in-depth and well-rounded business and leadership skills the Fast-Track MBA will give you.


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