Graduate Certificate in Business Startups

Graduate Certificate in Business Startups


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

The Graduate Certificate in Business Startups provides you with the knowledge to understand the process, challenges, risks and rewards of starting up a new venture, and equips you with the tools required to start your businesses and increase your chances of successfully raising money for a startup.

You will learn about the progression of new venture creation through a series of collaborative and authentic learning experiences, from developing an idea for a new business to creating a professional-level business plan and investor presentation, and presenting the business plan to a panel of investor judges.

Upon graduating, you will have the skills and knowledge to start your own ventures across a range of sectors. The demand for entrepreneurs in Vietnam and in the Asia-Pacific region will continue to grow. Now is the time to ‘think outside the square’ and find out how to turn your ideas into reality.

A Graduate Certificate is located at level 8 of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), and courses may be used as academic credit towards electives in the EMBA, MBA or MIB.

Career prospects

A Graduate Certificate in Business Startups prepares graduates 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; and

  • 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.

Applicants without a bachelor degree who have equivalent work experience are required to have a minimum of three years of experience in a business management role. 

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.