AD010 - Associate Degree in Business

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Plan: AD010 - Associate Degree in Business
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Associate Degree in Business
Award abbreviation: AssocDeg(Bus)
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: Two years (4 semesters) full time
Location: Melbourne City campus
Owning school: Vocational Business Education (650T)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 080399
CRICOS code: 068663K

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Purpose of the Program

The Associate Degree in Business develops knowledge and skills in various business discipline areas across national and global business contexts. Embedded in this program are opportunities to practise and expand your knowledge and skills through workplace related business enviornments.

In this program, you will be exposed to a variety of learning experiences such as lectures and tutorials, collaborative tasks, and work integrated projects and activities. Embedded in the program are the skills and knowledge to enable you to practice and expand your learning experience through Work Integrated Learning (WIL). 

In the final year of the program the capstone experience course BUSM4385 International Business provides opportunities to reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt through applications to real-world scenarios.

The Associate Degree in Business provides you with various opportunities to develop skills for direct work outcomes as well as facilitate transition to further studies through embedded business communication and academic learning skills.  Successful completion of this program can lead to a business career in a number of industries and organisations or you may choose to articulate into the third year of a bachelor’s degree program in business.

This program is available for on-campus study.

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Articulation and pathways

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT University's Credit Policy. Applicants who have completed studies or have partially completed a similar program at another institution (with entry criteria similar to this program) may be accepted with some credits or exemptions being granted towards this program.

Articulation arrangements between RMIT University VET programs, Higher Education Diplomas & Associate Degrees in the same or related discipline, enable you upon successful completion of a lower level qualification, at the required standard for admission, to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

Articulation arrangements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements in this program.

Students who have satisfactorily completed the Associate Degree in Business will obtain credit for SIXTEEN (16) courses and be entitled to apply for admission to the third year of any of the Bachelor of Business programs offered in the College of Business. Places will be subject to availability.

If you require further details on the Program, please refer to the RMIT Handbook [].

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Entrance requirements

Applicants with recent secondary education (completed Year 12 in 2016, 2017 and 2018)

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent. If applicable, this includes equity access schemes and any other adjustment factors.


Applicants with Vocational Education and Training study

Successful completion of any Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent overseas qualification); or


Successful completion of the equivalent of 1 semester of full-time study^ in a Higher Education Diploma program.

^ One semester of full-time study relates to a block of study: 4 out of 4 or 3 out of 3 courses within a semester.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.


You should sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice if:

·         You have no prior Year 12, VET qualifications, HE results or relevant work experience that meet the minimum entry requirements for the program; and

·         You are 19 years of age or over (as of 1 Jan 2019) and have not enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years


The STAT Multiple Choice will satisfy Year 12 English and Year 11 Mathematics prerequisites. Applicants must meet all other prerequisites or equivalents. Learn more about RMIT STAT results.


Entrance requirements for international onshore applicants:
Additionally, all non-Australian residents and overseas full-fee paying students are required to meet RMIT English language requirements. For more information on these requirements and acceptable English Language tests please see

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External accreditation and industry links

The RMIT Associate Degree in Business is a generalist business award and does not have external accreditation from any professional association or accrediting body.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

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All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic and print resources such as books, journals, newspapers, streaming media and past exam papers.  Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments, or you can work through Library subject guides and web-based tutorials, or use our online Ask a Librarian service. 

Computers for study are available at every Library site and wireless access is available if you are working from a laptop or mobile device.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content

Log in to myRMIT and select the myStudies tab to access study resources for your program.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
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  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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