AD029 - Associate Degree in Business

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Plan: AD029 - 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: AssocDegBus
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
Location: RMIT University, City Campus
Owning school: Business and Enterprise (525T)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 080399
CRICOS code: 111279A

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Purpose of the Program

The Associate Degree in Business provides opportunities to develop skills, theoretical and technical knowledge and also supports the application of these towards direct work outcomes. These skills, embedded within the curriculum, will enable you to analyse, evaluate and apply information to complete a range of activities relating to the business industry.  

The Associate Degree in Business also facilitates the transition to further study through the acquisition of academic learning skills and embedded business communication skills. 

The program was co-designed to create a seamless transition into the Bachelor of Business by allowing you to explore some of the potential majors that you could get to complete in the BP343 Bachelor of Business. Some courses within the AD029 will be granted as matched credit towards the BP343 [equivalent to up to 192 CP].

The Associate Degree in Business includes key curriculum features to support your learning and attainment of graduate attributes. This includes introductory level business foundation courses to allow you to contextualise business education and learning.

The four foundation courses are:   

  • BUSM2642 Business in Society  
  • BUSM2646 Understanding the Business Environment 
  • BUSM2640 Business Decision Making  
  • BUSM2644 Integrated Perspectives on Business Problems.  

The required study of business foundations also embeds a compulsory academic integrity module, belonging and first-year experience elements, a whole-of-course integrated ePortfolio and all graduate attributes and program learning outcomes. Integrated Perspectives on Business Problems will also introduce you to problem-based learning, applying business theory, decision making and foundational research skills. 

In addition to the four courses listed above, you will be provided additional opportunities to enhance your learning through:

  • Work Integrated Learning - Within the Associate Degree of Business you will be provided with a real client-based project designed to provide you with real-life solutions to real-world problems (refer to Work Integrated Learning section for more information).
  • Capstone - A capstone course at the conclusion of the program is intended to conclude your learning experience in the Associate Degree in Business. The course,  BUSM2650 The Foundation of Entrepreneurship (Diploma/Associate Degree) is the embedded capstone experience. In the second year, this practically-based capstone course integrates outcomes of your self-directed journey for the purpose of careers, employability, further study, research, professional learning and/or self-reflection and celebration. 

The delivery of this program is blended comprising of face-to-face and online learning at Melbourne, City Campus

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 the Bachelor of Business Program at RMIT. 

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Articulation and pathways

Successful completion of the Associate Degree in Business guarantees entry into the 3-year Bachelor of Business with up to 192 Credit points of exemption (equivalent to 2 years full-time study) 

You may receive a combination of matched, and unmatched credits upon articulation into the BP343 Bachelor of Business. Please refer to the Admissions and Credit Policy here

The DP020 Diploma of Commerce and the AD029 Associate Degree in Business have the same first-year courses, therefore the DP020 Diploma of Commerce provides a guaranteed pathway entry into the second year of the AD029 Associate Degree in Business.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements 

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent. For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page:


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5 or equivalent.  

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English language requirements web page:

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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation

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

Industry Links

The Associate Degree in Business is closely linked to industry.  In the curriculum, some courses are designed as 'work integrated learning' (WIL) courses involving discipline related industry projects as part of learning. The Associate Degree in Business has an established Industry Advisory Committee comprising of industry representatives. The role of the committee ensures the Associate Degree in Business links with industry standards and that the practices remain current.

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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 

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study space. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases. Computers and group study rooms are available at each Library. 
One-on-one study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, referencing, maths and study skills. To contact Library staff for help, phone, email or chat via the Ask the Library service.

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Online learning tools and content 

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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) 
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad 
  • 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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