Graduate Certificate in Business Startups

Graduate Certificate in Business Startups


Program Code: 
  • RMIT Saigon South
One year
School of Business & Management

Get the knowledge you need to confidently start your new venture and succeed in a competitive business environment.

This program provides you with a unique understanding of the processes, challenges, risks
and rewards involved in starting and sustaining a new venture. It also equips you with the tools required to increase your chances of successfully raising money for a startup.

The program tracks the progression of new venture creation through a series of collaborative and authentic learning experiences. The journey takes you from developing a business idea to creating a professional-level business plan and investor presentation, and presenting to a panel of investor judges.

Compared to similar programs taught around the world, this one takes an in-depth view from the perspective of not just the startup but also investors.

Courses in the program may be used as academic credit towards electives in the master’s programs.

Career prospects

You will be ready to take on business development opportunities in numerous industry segments, including:

  • information and communications
  • technology (ICT)
  • retail and merchandising
  • tourism, culture and hospitality
  • transportation and shipping
  • franchising
  • economics and finance
  • consulting
  • health, leisure and recreation
  • sustainable business development
Entry requirements

Academic requirements 

bachelor degree in any discipline with a GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0), or other equivalent work experience.

Some of the courses in the Graduate Certificate in Business Startups can be accepted as electives in RMIT Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) or Master of International Business (MIB).

English requirements

Successfully completed RMIT English Advanced or one of the following requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic) at 6.5+ (no band below 6.0);
  • TOEFL iBT 79+ (with minimum score of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing);
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) at 58+ (no communication band below 50);
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) at 176+ (no band below 169);
  • RMIT Bachelor degree or a postgraduate qualification within the past five years;
  • A bachelor degree or a postgraduate qualification within the past five years in an English-speaking countries listed here.

    For other international English entry requirements, please view English equivalency requirements.

    Note: TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson and Cambridge results are recognised for two years from the test date. RMIT English results are recognised for one year from the test date.

    Please contact the RMIT Vietnam Student Recruitment team for more information.





    Standard tuition fee 2019






    1. Program fees are priced and invoiced in Vietnam Dong (VND) by semester.

    2. Payment in other currencies will be converted to VND at the exchange rate on that day. Bank transfer is the preferred method of payment.

    3. The fees in USD are ONLY applicable to those international students who arrange for payment from overseas, as per Circular No. 32/2013/TT-NHNN.

    Program structure
    cert startup
    Teaching methods

    Courses are conducted through a hybrid method of online and classroom learning. For weeks 1 and 12 of the semester, students attend class for a full day of face-to-face instruction and class activities. For the other weeks, lectures, exercises and workshops take place in the online environment.

    The online engagement of students in group discussions and video presentations about class materials provides for a collaborative and international working environment, allowing students to learn from and share ideas with colleagues and experts across Vietnam and the world.

    Students benefit from the real-life experience of developing business plans, interacting with industry experts and local startup companies, and pitching ideas to venture capitalists and investors.


    Ongoing assessment throughout the program includes class participation through online discussions, individual assignments, group work and presentations.


    Studying the program has come at the right time for me. I have gained tremendous knowledge. Previously, I had no idea what a term sheet was, what fund rounds were or how to valuate my business. The program brings huge value to startup owners who are running a business and studying at the same time. I’ve been so lucky to have one of the academics be my business mentor and give me advice on making big decisions in the business.

    Lan Anh Nguyen
    Current student,
    Founder, EIY Public Speaking

    I went into the Entrepreneurial Management: From Idea to Business Model course because I didn’t know much about entrepreneurship. So I was quite surprised to find out what it takes for a startup to get it right. We went through all stages of developing a business plan and presenting it. Students become more confident through not only weekly video presentations but also the business plan pitch on the last day of the course. It’s close to how entrepreneurs work in reality.

    Rok Pintar