The Graduate Diploma of Social Impact is designed for professionals who are looking to upskill and increase their knowledge of social impact.

 

Faculty
UNSW Business School
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended), Fully online
Award
Graduate Diploma in Social Impact
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1 Year(s)

The Graduate Diploma of Social Impact is designed for professionals who are looking to upskill and increase their knowledge of social impact. Designed for a new generation of leaders, you will learn to build the professional capacity of private, public and social sectors of the future, enhance your capacity to lead organisations creating social and environmental value and to operate in a changed cross-sector social landscape where the dynamism of the market is also directed at social innovation. This program also offers a pathway into the AGSM MBA (Social Impact).

Why study at UNSW?

This program is suitable for professionals working in the business or social sectors who are committed to meeting corporate social responsibilities and are looking to develop expert skills. Through this graduate diploma you will build skills to drive social innovation and corporate responsibility, develop social enterprises and lead organisations to create social and environmental value.

 

Program Code
5357
CRICOS Code
0101074
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48

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The Graduate Diploma in Social Impact has three categories of entry:

Category A
Applicants require a recognised bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) with a credit average (65% or higher) as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator; and at least 2 years full-time relevant work experience.

Category B
Professionals without a bachelor degree can apply to the program if they have at least 5 years full-time relevant work experience in government, corporate or not-for-profit sector.

Category C
Students completing the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (with a minimum overall WAM of 65) are able to articulate into the Graduate Diploma of Social Impact with full course credit given. Applicants must have at least 5 years full-time relevant work experience in government, corporate or not-for-profit.

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

The Graduate Diploma in Social Impact has three categories of entry:

Category A
Applicants require a recognised bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) with a credit average (65% or higher) as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator; and at least 2 years full-time relevant work experience.

Category B
Professionals without a bachelor degree can apply to the program if they have at least 5 years full-time relevant work experience in government, corporate or not-for-profit sector.

Category C
Students completing the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (with a minimum overall WAM of 65) are able to articulate into the Graduate Diploma of Social Impact with full course credit given. Applicants must have at least 5 years full-time relevant work experience in government, corporate or not-for-profit.

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

The Graduate Diploma in Social Impact develops socially responsible leadership abilities in private, public, and social sector professionals. You’ll create social and environmental value and drive innovation in dynamic, cross-sector social landscapes. 

The diploma offers seven 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, social investment, corporate responsibility and accountability, designing for social innovation, and more. 

Visit the Graduate Diploma in Social Impact Handbook for detailed course information.

This diploma provides advanced knowledge to implement social change within organisations or your own enterprise. 

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

Potential careers

The UNSW Graduate Diploma in Social Impact leads toward further studies in social impact, that move you toward rewarding and purposeful careers 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  

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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For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. 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 with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$35,280
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$35,280

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$48,240
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$48,240

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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