Grow the for-purpose sector

Our social impact courses explore the issues at the heart of for-purpose organisations that want to grow, be sustainable, competitive and able to attract the best employees.

Become a professional with purpose

Our Master of Social Impact and Graduate Certificate of Social Impact attracts a wide range of successful professionals who want to do more for the world, change careers or strengthen their strategic approaches to problem-solving. 

Through deep discussions, evidence-based learning and engaging workshops, you’ll study social impact through government policy, philanthropy, social enterprises, partnerships, entrepreneurship and other models.

First and still leading

Since we founded the first Australian degree in philanthropy and social investment two decades ago, Swinburne has been at the forefront of research and learning in the rapidly growing social sector. You’ll be able to draw on this experience, as well as on our connection to industry and our world-class research through the Centre for Social Impact.

Business specialisations and electives

With the Master of Social Impact, you can choose from more than 10 business specialisations and many AGSE electives.

Join our community

And after you graduate, our active network of student alumni can keep you connected and provide endless opportunities for future exploration.

Courses available

Firm foundations for delivering innovative, strategic and effective social impact in the rapidly growing social economy. This is a pathway to a Master of Social Impact.
 

Graduate Certificate of Social Impact
Location
Hawthorn Campus
Duration
1 year part-time
Delivery
Blended mode
Intakes
8 February 2021
1 March 2021
2 August 2021
20 September 2021

Course fee (per year if studying full-time)*
A$15,960

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* Fees are annual full-time estimates for students commencing in 2021 only: Tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2021 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Prepare to create and lead high-impact social impact projects, for-purpose organisations and social enterprises.
 

Master of Social Impact
Location
Hawthorn Campus
Duration
1.5 years or 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time (dependent of prior qualifications and experience)
Delivery
Blended mode
Intakes
8 February 2021
1 March 2021
2 August 2021
20 September 2021
Course fee (per year if studying full-time)*
A$31,920
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* Fees are annual full-time estimates for students commencing in 2021 only: Tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2021 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Prepare to create and lead high-impact social impact projects, for-purpose organisations and social enterprises.
 

Master of Social Impact
Location
Hawthorn Campus
Duration
1.5 years or 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time (dependent of prior qualifications and experience)
Delivery
Blended mode
Intakes
1 March 2021
2 August 2021
Course fee (per year if studying full-time)**
A$37,480 (total for 2021)
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** The indicative course fees shown in Course Search apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

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  • Colour professional headshot of Dr Graham Dwyer.

    The Master of Social Impact focuses on social innovation across all sectors – community, business and government – and is designed for current and emerging leaders who are passionate about tackling society’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.

    Dr Graham Dwyer , Course Director, Social Impact

Master of Social Impact

Master of Social Impact

Make your impression on an ethically responsible future. You’ll not only meet like-minded people, you’ll meet like-hearted people in Swinburne’s Master of Social Impact.

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