Graduates will be expected to have the technical skills and wider community perspectives in grant-making, fund-raising, program design and corporate social investment that will enhance their skills as donors and/or equip them to work in the corporate, professional, public and community sectors.
Graduates may seek employment as managers, trustees, advisers, investors, fundraisers and social entrepreneurs across NGOs, government, businesses and corporations, nonprofit, philanthropic and related private sector agencies that provide and manage grants and/or raise funds.
The Master of Social Investment and Philanthropy develops a high level professional skills base in personal or institutional giving for the wellbeing of citizens and community benefit, generally called 'philanthropy' or 'social investment'. It provides graduates with relevant ethical and theoretical frameworks, social policy perspectives, legal and governance understandings, and skills in research, evaluation and impact assessment. It explores emerging approaches to social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, impact investing, collective and personal giving.
Graduates attain employment as managers, trustees, advisers, investors, fundraisers and social entrepreneurs across NGOs, government, businesses and corporations, nonprofit, philanthropic and related private sector agencies that provide and manage grants and/or raise funds.
Upon successfully completing the Master of Social Investment and Philanthropy, graduates will be able to:
1. Apply coherent and advanced knowledge of Social Investment and Philanthropy concepts in diverse contexts and applications using critical thinking.
2. Develop ability in coherent and critical analysis to improve the social investor capability of organisations through understanding, developing and successfully applying knowledge.
3. Demonstrate professionalism, integrity, ethical conduct, professional accountability and a deep awareness of professional practices in a global and sustainable context
4. Reflect on and take responsibility for their own learning and self-management processes, and manage their own time and processes effectively by regularly reviewing performance as a means of managing continuing professional development and lifelong learning.
5. Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team, and use advanced tools and practices of Social Investment and Philanthropy within project work
6. Become capable of discerning the many organisational opportunities for social change through grant making, fundraising and entrepreneurial activities.
7. Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute a piece of research with some independence as preparation for research higher degrees.
The Swinburne graduate attributes signify that Swinburne intends that its teaching programs assist all its graduates to be:
- capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas and an ability to engage in critical enquiry
- entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
- effective and ethical in work, community situations and reasoning skills
- adaptable and able to manage change
- aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing (e.g. socio-cultural, economic, natural).