Graduate Certificate in Social Impact

The Graduate Certificate in Social Impact, UNSW Sydney, is a pathway to social impact that lays the groundwork for future study and career options. Learn the dynamics of social economy and how business, social enterprise, government, foundations and community organisations can work together.

Graduates move toward a rewarding career in social impact or further study to develop expertise in systemic change or business administration.

Why choose this graduate certificate?

The Graduate Certificate in Social Impact is delivered in a combination of face-to-face and online courses designed for working professionals. The intensive face-to-face classes are taught over two full weekends to provide minimal impact to your personal and professional lives.

You will build skills in social entrepreneurship, innovation, investment and measurement, as well as global trends and acquire the essential knowledge, frameworks and best practice to lead sustainable and systemic change.

Graduates are eligible to apply to the Graduate Diploma of Social Impact and pathway into the AGSM MBAX (Social Impact).

UNSW Business School is a leading business school in the Asia-Pacific, with our subjects consistently ranking within the top 50 worldwide. Our students build professional networks among more than 90,000 Business School alumni worldwide and begin their new career before graduation.

During this postgraduate degree you will have access to a suite of professional development opportunities offered by Career Accelerator, that are exclusive to UNSW’s Business School students. Career Accelerator helps you build industry connections through networking , mentoring, internships and global business practicums opportunities.

Who is this degree for?

  • Professionals working in the social sector who are looking to upskill and further develop their social impact knowledge and skills
  • Professionals working in the public or business sectors looking to develop social impact knowledge and skills to inform their current or future work pratice
  • Professionals who seek a pathway into the Graduate Diploma of Social Impact or AGSM MBAX (Social Impact), with relevant work experience and no bachelor’s degree qualification

Job and career prospects

The graduate certificate may lead to further studies in Social Impact, which will open up many career opportunities in:

  • Not-for-profit and government departments
  • Consulting and other business organisations
  • Community and research groups
  • Public sector
  • Educational institutions

Core course (prerequisite)

COMM5701 Social Impact

Choose three courses from the following

COMM5703 Social Impact Investment

COMM5704 Demonstrating Social Impact

COMM5706 Design for Social Innovation

COMM5707 Social Impact Field Project

COMM5709 Corporate Responsibility and Accountability

COMM5710 Creating Shared Value

COMM5713 Collaboration for Social Impact

COMM5205 Leading Change for Sustainability

COMM5902 Leadership for Social Impact


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Student Stories

Keira Morris-Akeroyd

  • Dec. 14, 2017

Keira is currently studying the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact.

In her role as part of the Corporate Partnerships team at Australian Red Cross Keira is responsible for designing, managing and growing strategic corporate partnerships that help Red Cross improve the wellbeing of those experiencing extreme vulnerability.

“What I’ve loved most about the course is that it has expanded my field of vision, built my practical capabilities and inspired me to look at new and innovative ways to contribute to positive social change.

It has enabled me to deepen my understanding of social impact and equipped me with the tools I need to be more effective in creating it. This is a result not only of CSI’s experienced and passionate staff, but also the diverse peer group that the course has allowed me to connect with.   

The course, and the network I have built as a result of it, has undoubtedly led to opportunities that are shaping my career trajectory in an exciting and meaningful way.”  


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