The University of Western Australia (UWA)

Graduate Certificate in Social Impact

The University of Western Australia (UWA)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00126G

This program provides students with a cross-sectoral perspective, enabling them to understand, think strategically and implement programs and ideas across sectors and silos to drive meaningful and sustainable change. An understanding of the new social impact, business and measurement models has assisted students to return to their workplaces, businesses and organisations and make an immediate positive impact in their professional capacities. The program is designed for anyone who has ever thought: Too many people are experiencing hardship, when we live in such a lucky country; Government, individuals, philanthropists, non-profits and business can achieve more by working together; We need sustainable and innovative approaches to funding programs that make a real difference in peoples lives; Business has an increasingly important role in developing social capital and environmental stewardship; Impact Investing (for a financial and a social return) sounds like a really good idea.

Designed for

Senior, middle and emerging management in the not-for-profit or community benefit sector


  • 4 units: Social Impact: Entrepreneurs and Social Innovation
  • Demonstrating Social Impact
  • Leadership for Social Impact
  • Social Investment and Philanthropy.


  • Social impact

Standard entry requirements

  • UWA Bachelor degree with weighted average mark of 60% or equivalent
  • Plus minimum of 3 years' relevant professional experience
  • Or minimum of 8 years of relevant, documented, professional experience, demonstrated leadership potential, and an interview

Study pathways

The Graduate Certificate in Social Impact can serve as an entry point into the MBA Flexible, with full credit for completed units. To enter the MBA, students must achieve a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Crawley Domestic: $19,550
International: $20,000
  • Full-time : 1 year

Further information

This course is delivered in partnership with the national Centre for Social Impact. Various scholarships are available.

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