Course Description

The Associate Degree in Applied Business is for future leaders and managers who want to learn the skills required to make it in the modern business world. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or an assistant manager looking to step up to the next level, this program is a great stepping stone to a new or accelerated career.

The program combines core business subjects covering areas such as management, finance, marketing and planning with a choice of electives in students’ areas of interest. The course content has been developed in consultation with industry experts and they are actively involved in its delivery.

The first year serves as a foundation year, where you’ll learn the skills to apply your new business knowledge to a range of situations. In the second year, you’ll have an opportunity to choose a pathway to employment or higher study.

Employment pathway

Students wishing to pursue a career in business who don’t wish to continue on to a Bachelor degree should choose this pathway. Due to the practical focus and industry-based syllabus, you’ll be considered ‘workplace ready’ after two years of (full time) study.

Higher study pathway

In the course of your foundation year, you may decide that you’d like to continue your education beyond the Associate Degree level. The higher study pathway prepares you to undertake a Bachelor degree after completing your Associate degree. You’ll be eligible for two years of full credit in the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Business Administration.

The program is available for full-time and part-time study across all campuses in Tasmania and is delivered through a combination of online study, face-to-face classes, practical workshops and tutorials.

Completing our Associate Degree in Applied Business will give you:

  • a pathway to a great career in business across a range of industries
  • in-depth knowledge of contemporary business concepts and practices
  • practical skills to take straight into the workplace
  • opportunities to advance in your areas of interest
  • the skills to help you meet personal career development goals
  • credit towards a Bachelor Degree at the University of Tasmania.


    2 years full time,

    Graduate Rating

    Graduates of Business & Management undergraduate courses at University of Tasmania rated their degrees as follows:

    Teaching quality: 49.1% (national average 57.5%)
    Improved skills: 73.6% (national average 79.0%)
    Overall satisfaction: 73.9% (national average 78.3%)

    The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of Tasmania. You can find out more about these results here.

    Employment Outcomes

    Graduates of Business & Management undergraduate courses at University of Tasmania had the following employment outcomes:

    Employed full time: 75.6% (national average 74.8%)
    Studying full time: 19.8% (national average 11.4%)
    Median full time salary: $55,000 (national average $55,000)

    You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

    Course codes

    University of Tasmania Code: Z2C

    Entry Requirements

    The Associate Degree in Applied Business (Specialisation) is open to applicants from a broad range of backgrounds. You can gain admission to the Associate Degree in Applied Business (Specialisation