Entry requirements to the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD)
Questions regarding admission
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Entry requirements for the Graduate Diploma
Below you will find an overview of qualifying examinations for the Graduate Diploma. Here, you will also find information about what to do if you do not fulfil the entry requirements – and therefore need to apply for an exemption.
Please note that the course Business Research Methods, which is a course in the Graduate Certificate, may be an additional entry requirement beyond your qualifying degree (find out about it in the sidebar box).
NEW: You can now apply for a Graduate Diploma single course with any Master's Degree.
Admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate
We only offer the Graduate Certificate taught in Danish. Read more about the admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate here.
Admission requirements for the Graduate Diploma programmes
In order to qualify for the Graduate Diploma programmes, the following requirements have to be fulfilled:
- A qualifying degree
- Minimum two years of relevant work experience
Please notice that the program is taught in English. We only use literature in English and the exams will be completed in English. We therefore recommend that you have skills in English equivalent to B level (Danish upper secondary school).
Qualifying examination to the Graduate Diploma programme:
Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
|No additional requirements|
|Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
HD part 2
|No additional requirements|
|Bachelor in Science in Economics and Business Administration
|BSc in Economics and Business Administration,
BSc in Business Administration and Information Systems,
BSc in Business Administration and Computer Science,
BSc in Business Administration and Psychology,
BSc in Business Administration and Philosophy,
BSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law,
BSc in Business Administration and Organisational Communication,
BSc in Business Administration and Management Science,
Bachelor of Arts (Business Administration and Modern Languages)
|Bachelor in Science
BSc in International Business
|Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration
MSc in Economics and Business Administration,
Students with a Financial Controller degree from before August 2013:
Advanced Data Analysis (elective from the study program) has to have been passed. An alternative option is Data Analysis from the Graduate Certificate (HD part 1).
Students with a Financial Controller degree from after August 2013:
No additional requirements
|AP in Financial Management
Finansøkonom og -bachelor
|No additional requirements|
|AP in Agro Business and Landscape Management with focus in Agricultural Economics and Operations Management
Jordbrugsteknolog med linjen jordbrugsøkonomi & driftsledelse (p.t. kun aktuel på Aarhus Erhvervsakademi)
With passed courses: Managerial economics, Statistics and Business Law (from the program) and with credit for the Final Project on the Graduate Certificate (HD part 1) after an individual credit verdict.
|AP in Marketing Management
With passed courses: Business Economics and Statistics (electives from the program) and furthermore, Business Research Methods fromthe Graduate Certificate (HD part 1).
|AP in Market Management
|With passed courses: Business Research Methods from the Graduate Certificate (HD part 1).|
|Academy Degree in Economy and
Akademiuddannelse i Økonomi- og Ressourcestyring
With passed courses: Statistics, Global Economy, Managerial Economics and Business Law (electives from the program) and furthermore, Business Research Methods from the Graduate Certificate (HD part 1).
|Academy Degree in International Business and Marketing
Akademiuddannelse i International Handel og Markedsføring
With passed courses: Statistics, Global Economy, Managerial Economics and Business Law (electives from the programme) and furthermore, Business Research Methods from the Graduate Certificate (HD part 1).
Academy Degree in Financial Advising
You are directly qualified for the Graduate Diploma (HD part 2) in Financial Advising.
The other Graduate Diploma (HD part 2) tracks require:
Students with an Academy Degree in Financial Advising from before September 2009:
The electives Managerial Economics (alternatively Business Economics or Company Investing and Financing) and Statistics (alternatively Data, Market and Sale) have to have been passed.
Students with an Academy Degree in Financial Advising from September 2009 and on:
Bank- or Auditor track has to be completed with certain subjects:
You can find more information regarding admission requirements in Danish here.
Two years of relevant work experience
...is defined this way:
- The work experience must be accomplished after or during the qualifying degree. That means that work experience before the qualifying degree do not count. You can count the work experience up till the beginning of first semester at the Graduate Diploma programme.
- A full time job is defined as minimum 30 hours per week, and a part time job is defined as minimum 15 hours per week. That means that a part time job in one year will be converted into a full time job in half a year. Employments less than 15 hours per week will not be counted.
- The work experience can be put together by one or more employments. The employments must however be a minimum of 6 Months.
- The work experience must be relevant. That implies that the employment must be of a nature, where you have gained insight into the economical and organizational structure of the workplace. Internships and trainees during or after the qualifying degree can also be included.
Documentation of work experience
When you are documenting your work experience, it is your responsibility that we get the correct information we need. Please make sure that the specified documentation shows the following:
- The full period of employment for each relevant employment (from start till finish).
- The average number of working hours per week.
- A short description of content of work.
Your work experience must be documented by means of a Employer’s Declaration from your current employer or by a statement from your former employer, annual statement, payslips (first and last) or similar.
Please notice that the Innovation Management (and from the Fall 2017 also Supply Chain Management) programme is taught in English. We only use literature in English and the exams will be completed in English.
We therefore recommend that you have skills in English equivalent to B level (Danish upper secondary school).
Our Graduate Certificate and the remaining eight Graduate Diploma programmes are taught in Danish where exams also will be completed in Danish. (For further information about language requirements, see our Danish version of the website under the tab Sprogkrav og -kunskaber.)
It states that you need to require the Danish language skill level called Higher Education Examination or a corresponding level of Danish. Read more about learning Danish at Studieskolen here.
Exemption from admission requirements and language requirements
If you do not fulfil the admission requirements or the language requirements, you can apply for exemption. An exemption from two years of relevant work experience cannot be granted.
If you have an other educational backgrund than those stated as qualifying examinations above, you must fill out the exemption form and send it alongside the various appendixes needed to HD Tilmeldning or upload the form to the application platform when you apply for Graduate Diploma in Innovation Management og Supply Chan Management.
Application form to an exemption from requirements (PDF).
The evaluation for an exemption from requirements to the Graduate Diploma programmes is therefore based on your educational background, and only completed exams will be evaluated.
If you wish to apply to obtain admission based your collective knowledge, proficiency and competencies from both educational background and work experience, you need to apply for an assessment of competencies - read more below.
Assessment of competencies
It is possible to have your collective knowledge, proficiency and competencies assessed in relation to the Graduate Diploma content.
You can apply for an assessment of competencies with the purpose of proving the following:
- You have the necessary competencies equivalent to the admission requirements for a the Graduate Diploma programmes
- You have the proficiency equivalent to parts of a the Graduate Diploma programmes (certificate of competence)
- You have the proficiency equivalent to all of a the Graduate Diploma programmes (certificate of education)
Read the manual carefully before applying for an assessment of competencies and contact us if needed.
Application form to an assessment of competencies (PDF)
If you have passed one or more courses during your other studies, which are equivalent to subjects from the Graduate Diploma in Innovation Management og Supply Chain Management, you can apply for a credit transfer. The possibility for a credit transfer is based on individual evaluations and is assessed based on scale (ECTS points), level and content of the course. Use the credit transfer application form below and enclose documentation, such as: diploma, a course description, review plans, etc.
If you have other competencies than an educational background that you wish to include in your credit transfer application, you have to apply for a certificate of competence through an assessment of competencies.