Graduate Certificate of Social Impact

Blended learning – on-campus and digital learning

This course is not available to international students.
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The Graduate Certificate of Social Impact is for high-performing professionals who want to upskill or learn the foundations for leading change and innovation to address complex social, economic and cultural issues. It can be a stand-alone course or your stepping-stone towards the Master of Social Impact.

A Firm Foundation:
The six-month certificate teaches you how the ecosystem of social change works and ways to intervene to create positive social impact. It covers four units: Opportunity Discovery, Creativity and Design; Corporate Responsibility and Accountability; Leadership for Social Impact; Entrepreneurs and Social Innovation.
Professionals Sharing Knowledge and Experience:
All students have at least three years of full-time relevant experience, which makes for robust discussions and interactive learning as students share their experiences with industry and academic experts, researchers and each other.
Broad Reach across Sectors:
The course will enhance your work in philanthropy, the not-for-profit sector, social enterprise, entrepreneurship and social innovation jobs in business and government.
The Graduate Certificate of Social Impact is taught by the Centre for Social Impact in partnership with three founding partner business schools across Australia, including Swinburne University of Technology.
You may not need an undergraduate degree to enter this course if you have a minimum of five years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience.


1 year part-time


Hawthorn (HE Block 1, Semester 1, Semester 2, Term 4) - View application and start dates

Study mode

  • Part-time

2023 Start Dates

Semester 2 - 31 July 2023
Term 4 - 18 September 2023

2024 Start Dates

HE Block 1 - 05 February 2024
Semester 2 - 29 July 2024
Term 4 - 16 September 2024
Semester 1 - 26 February 2024