Graduate Certificate in Social Impact

About Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at UNSW   

UNSW’s Graduate Certificate in Social Impact is a credential from UNSW Business School, a leading institution in the Asia-Pacific. This certificate will give you the business administration skills and experience needed to be an agent for social change, leading to purposeful career choices and future study options.  

You’ll learn the dynamics of the social economy within the profit and public sectors. Upon graduation you’ll understand how social innovation and shared values can create a better future through uniting business, social enterprise, government, foundations, and community organisations. 

The Graduate Certificate in Social Impact is ideal for working professionals who want to develop leadership for social impact. You can study around your work/life commitments in a combination of online and face-to-face classes. The face-to-face classes are intensives, taught over two full weekends for minimal impact to your lifestyle. 

Subject Areas

The Graduate Certificate in Social Impact offers three elective courses from industry-relevant topics related to social entrepreneurship. Your chosen electives are supported with one compulsory course in social impact. 

You can choose electives to suit your goals and interests in leading change for sustainability, investing for social impact, corporate responsibility and accountability, designing for social innovation and more. 

You’ll build skills in social entrepreneurship, innovation, investment and measurement and global trends. You’ll gain the essential knowledge, frameworks, and best practice to lead sustainable and systemic change. 

As part of this degree, you can choose to do a social impact field project, which means working on a real social impact project for an existing organisation. You’ll get to convert the knowledge gained from your chosen electives and compulsory social impact course into action and start creating change before you graduate. 

Upon graduation you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Diploma of Social Impact and pathways into the AGSM MBA (Social Impact)

This graduate certificate provides the foundational knowledge to implement positive social change within organisations, including your own enterprise. You’ll explore real-world case studies and frameworks and develop best practice solutions to lead sustainable and systemic change in corporate, government, not-for-profit and social sectors.  

UNSW Business School students have access to Career Accelerator, a suite of professional development opportunities including:  

Relevant Roles

The UNSW Graduate Certificate in Social Impact adds a rewarding sense of social value and purpose to any career. This certificate can lead toward further studies in social impact, and move you toward fulfilling career opportunities in: 

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