The Graduate Certificate in Social Impact focuses on building the professional capacity of social managers and entrepreneurs across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. Youll build skills and knowledge in social entrepreneurship, innovation, investment and governance, enhancing your understanding of the dynamics of the social economy. This program teaches you how business, social enterprise, government, foundations and community organisations can work together.

If you're seeking a leadership career in social enterprises and want to enhance your capacity to create social and environmental value through leadership of not-for-profit organisations, this program will suit you. Its also ideal for anyone aspiring to executive positions in companies committed to social benefit and meeting corporate responsibilities through their products and practices.

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Why choose this degree?

You can study for this program online or face-to-face, giving flexibility for professionals and accessibility for those living in regional areas.

Who should choose this degree?

This program is perfect for professionals in the not-for-profit sector, or in social enterprise roles in the corporate sector, who wish to develop and broaden their social impact skills.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Executive Roles in Not-for-Profit and Community Organisations
  • Public Sector Managers and Leaders
  • Social Policy Managers in Corporate Sector
  • Social Entrepreneurs
  • Foundation Executives and Managers
  • Social Business Executives and Administrators
  • Corporate Community Engagement Executives and Professionals
  • Social and Ethical Investment Professionals

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

  • Recognised Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) with a credit average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator and a minimum of 2 year's work experience, OR
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in government, corporate or not-for-profit sector.
  • Students must provide a detailed resume (outlining relevant competencies and achievements) and evidence of other academic and professional qualifications.

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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