Business is Australia's most popular online study field and these are the best courses to choose from.
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Australia's best online business courses are here. These are the top 18 fields of study in business. For each business and business management course, we explore the subject, career opportunities, and your online course options.

A business administration course will help you to manage systems and people better. The study field is popular at all levels, from Certificate III and IV through to diploma, graduate diploma and masters levels.

Business administration refers to practical activities such as budgeting, developing corporate documents, organising meetings and keeping financial records. But the term also covers leadership and team management.

Every good business administration course allows you to gain skills that can be used in many different workplaces... READ MORE

A business analytics course may be ideal if you have ability in maths, IT and finance. Most business analytics courses are postgraduate, with students often coming from a business, technology or maths background.

Topics you may study in a business analytics course include: customer analytics, data visualisation, machine learning, financial analytics, marketing analytics, principles of programming, and big data management.

Business analysts are in demand across all Australian industries. The job is about using data to help inform business management decisions... READ MORE

Business management courses are for people who want to be the boss.

  • Students learn a structured approach to managing people and operations.
  • Online courses give you principles and universal techniques.

It can pay to study management as an asset towards getting your first supervisory position or as you climb the ranks. Not only do you learn management skills, but you become better at communicating your knowledge (which is good for interviews)... READ MORE

A Master of Commerce program is the postgraduate equivalent of a Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business.

  • It is a general business course which potentially covers any business subject.
  • Students can specialise through subject choice or by doing one of the university-defined study streams.

An MCom may be preferable to an MBA if you want a general business degree or to build specialist skills in areas such as accounting, business analytics, finance or human resources... READ MORE

The Diploma of Business is Australia's number one online training course. No other program offers as many specialisations and elective units.

  • Diploma of Business courses consist of 12 subjects, including 5 core units and 7 electives.
  • 9 specialisations (majors) are potentially available.
  • Up to 99 different subjects may be offered by business colleges.

The Diploma of Business offers lasting career value. With changes in the Australian Qualifications Framework, the diploma replaced several others... READ MORE

By studying economics online, you learn how economies and markets function. You also develop analytical and report writing skills.

Top economics graduates work as economists for government agencies and large corporations. But an economics degree is also valuable for other business careers. Analytical and other skills are highly transferable.

Completing an economics course demonstrates you have: (a) good all-round maths skills; (b) problem solving abilities and (c) determination when faced with a difficult task... READ MORE

Being an entrepreneur requires some serious skills to back up your great idea and willingness to have a go. Entrepreneur courses are business courses that focus on how to manage a business and start new ventures.

Things you learn in entrepreneur programs include marketing, business strategy, corporate governance, managing virtual teams, research and development, innovation strategies, and commercialisation.

An online business course in entrepreneurship can be the start of an exciting journey as you join a community of business leaders... READ MORE

Finance can be a lucrative sector to work in. But the only sure way to get there is to start with a good education.

At an undergraduate level, you can study for a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a Finance major. Combining finance and accounting in your studies is often recommended as well. Finance professionals should possess accounting skills.

Online Master of Finance programs are also popular. They're good for business graduates who want advanced skills as well as non-finance professionals looking to switch into the sector. You can specialise in Applied Finance or Financial Technology... READ MORE

A Graduate Certificate in Business is a versatile course. Usually, the only entry requirements are that you have a bachelor degree (any discipline) OR comparable experience.

Graduate Certificate in Business courses are often introductory. Since they are embedded in masters programs, you may be asked to complete the foundation subjects for a degree such as an MBA or Master of Management.

But you can also do specialised training in these 4-subject courses. Popular business grad certs include Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics and Graduate Certificate in Project Management... READ MORE

A leadership and management masters is ideal for experienced professionals aiming for senior roles. The programs focus on developing leadership and management skills and tend to be light on technical content.

Some of the most popular programs in this category are Master of Leadership, Master of Management, Master of Health Management, Masters in Educational Leadership, and Masters in Nursing Management.

Leadership and management masters programs are designed with working professionals in mind and are available 100% online... READ MORE

Logistics and Supply Chain Management is a specialisation in which students learn how to coordinate business activities. Topics include:

  • purchases, procurement, inventory control, distribution, transport
  • marketing, customer relations, partnerships and global networks.

The study area covers many of the essential functions in business operations and management. Graduates are employable in numerous roles, from warehouse management to analysis of large supply chains... READ MORE

In a marketing or digital marketing course, you learn how to understand customers, reach your audience and convert interest into sales.

Digital marketing, including social media marketing, is prominent in many online courses. You can also do digital marketing courses, which have extra content on topics such as digital media platforms, analytics, and data-driven marketing strategy.

Popular marketing courses in Australia include diplomas, bachelor degrees, graduates certificates and masters. All courses are available 100% online... READ MORE

MBA

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a qualification for any professional who wants to advance their career. The business course is not just for "business people".

MBA programs give you the conceptual tools, strategies and language for assuming management and leadership roles. You gain general business skills, learnt for implementing as a manager and leader.

With online MBA courses, you can study part-time while working full-time. Accelerated online programs also give you the option to study steadily over the year and finish 33% faster... READ MORE

Microsoft Excel training can bring you up to speed with the versatile program.

Excel can be used to do just about anything involving data and information. MS Excel is a handy business tool with many uses. People who are proficient in Excel find many ways to improve productivity.

The software allows you to easily perform calculations, manage data and create lists. Excel is commonly used in accounting and for transferring business data. Low-cost training courses show you the power of the software... READ MORE

There’s a whole science around the art of project management (if that’s not a contradiction). For experienced professionals, you can polish your skills in managing projects by studying for a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters degree.

Project management courses are often delivered by a business college or a university’s business school (but not always).

Students learn general principles and techniques. But you may also have the opportunity to manage applied projects in your particular field of work... READ MORE

Why Study Business Online?

Just before the pandemic, 75,000 Australians were choosing to study business online (Source: uCube).

Here are some quotes explaining why online business courses are so popular.

The flexible nature of e-learning means that your study schedule can be made to fit around your professional and family commitments, not the other way around … Distance learning programmes give you complete access to your studies from anywhere in the world, 24/7.

~ LSBF

A business course gives you the opportunity to define your ambition … The sheer breadth of disciplines (such as economics, finance, marketing, human resources, management, strategy and law) gives you the chance to explore fields before finding the one that interests you most.

~ Asian Correspondent

A business degree is one of the most sought after credentials at university. It is also one of the most asked for by employers. All sectors of a modern economy rely on effective management, financial control and administration. A knowledge of business helps round out a CV.

~ University of Tasmania

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