The Graduate Diploma of Social Impact is designed for professionals who are looking to upskill and increase their knowledge of social impact. Designed for a new generation of leaders, you will learn to build the professional capacity of private, public and social sectors of the future, enhance your capacity to lead organisations creating social and environmental value and to operate in a changed cross-sector social landscape where the dynamism of the market is also directed at social innovation. This program also offers a pathway into the AGSM MBA (Social Impact).

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Why choose this degree?

Through this graduate diploma you will build skills to drive social innovation and corporate responsibility, develop social enterprises and lead organisations to create social and environmental value.

Who should choose this degree?

Professionals working in the business or social sectors who are committed to meeting corporate social responsibilities and are looking to develop expert skills.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

The graduate diploma may lead to further studies in Social Impact, which will open up many career opportunities in:

  • Not-for-profit and government departments
  • Community and research groups
  • Public sector
  • Consulting firms
  • Educational institutions

UNSW Business School's Career Accelerator portfolio offers students exclusive access to a suite of for-credit, co-curricular and business experience opportunities to kick start your career.

Entry requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Social Impact has three categories of entry:

Category A:

Applicants require a recognised bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) with a credit average (65% or higher) as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator; and at least 2 years full-time relevant work experience

Category B:

Professionals without a bachelor degree can apply to the program if they have at least 5 years full-time relevant work experience in government, corporate or not-for-profit sector.

Category C:

Students completing the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (with a minimum overall WAM of 65) are able to articulate into the Graduate Diploma of Social Impact with full course credit given. Applicants must have at least 5 years full-time relevant work experience in government, corporate or not-for-profit

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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