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. You’ll 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. It’s 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

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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

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 and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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