Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation - CV88

Are you passionate about social change? Study the Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation and equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to identify difficult social issues and develop plans and practices for social change in a sustainable and scalable manner. At CQUniversity, social innovation is at the core of our strategic vision. We strive to empower our staff and students to make a difference, create an impact and influence the world in which we live, for the betterment of society. This course supports the University's commitment to the Social Innovation agenda.






0.5 years full-time, 1 years part-time







The Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation is a multi-disciplinary course focused on the development of agility, design-thinking, storytelling, empathetic collaboration and intercultural sensitivity in a social context.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to identify previously intractable social issues and develop plans and practices for social change in a sustainable and scalable manner. You will also establish a sound foundation in social innovation strategy that will equip you with the capacity to be an agent for change in all walks of life.

As part of the course you have the opportunity to take on a project in social innovation, in a work or other setting. The project takes this course beyond pure theory and underlines the thoroughly applied nature of the graduate certificate.

Core Units 4 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2019Available Online
Term 1 - 2020Available Online
Term 2 - 2019Available Online
Term 2 - 2020Available Online

You are required to complete a total of four core units.

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.


If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Unit NameCodeDescription
Enterprise ProjectMGMT20141Students in this course have the opportunity to undertake an enterprise project in a social innovation case study or may be engaged in a work placement. While the placement is not required, it provides students an excellent opportunity to develop social innovation concepts in an applied learning environment.
No Residential School
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  • a completed bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college or equivalent; or
  • a recognised diploma and two years relevant business experience in an innovation industry or firm ; or
  • a minimum of five years relevant business experience in an innovation industry or firm may enroll in this course.

International students should visit for further information including English language requirements.

Security Requirements

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Health Requirements

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Assumed Knowledge

no recommended study

As a graduate of this course, you may seek employment in consulting and advising on business performance and improvements including:

  • social project design and management
  • new social ventures developments, international venture assessment and capital raising in a social context
  • corporate social innovation and social entrepreneurship
  • social incubator and technological innovation, support services to new ventures, in not-for-profit and small to medium enterprise (SME) sector
  • design and development of teams and team dynamics working in social innovation launchpad environments.

No matter what field or discipline you work in, the Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation will help you develop your capacity for positive social change, including social leadership, entrepreneurship and social project design and management.

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Fee Category Full fee paying place
What is a Full Fee Paying Place As a full fee paying students, you are required to pay full tuition fees for your course.
Fee Type Tuition Fees
What is my tuition fee?

Your tuition fees are charged per unit of study based on the credit point value of each unit.

Our Tuition Fee Schedules provide an estimate of fees per unit.

You can also view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.

FEE-HELP and payment options

FEE-HELP is the loan scheme provided the Australian Government to help eligible students pay their tuition fees through a loan.

Eligible students can use a FEE-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their tuition fees. If you elect to use a FEE-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your tuition fees and repay your FEE-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold (the 2018-2019 income year threshold is $51,957 or above).

You must meet specific eligibility requirements to be able to use FEE-HELP assistance.

If you are not eligible for a FEE-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your tuition fees upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

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Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.


In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.


A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences across the country and even internationally. We work hard to deliver the latest techniques in online study, and have even planned our physical sites to provide more services to our widespread online study cohort.


CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.


CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

There are a number of application options available for this course, dependent on the state you reside.

State Application Option
Queensland If you live in Queensland, apply directly to CQUniversity using the Apply Now button below.
Western Australia If you live in Western Australia, apply via ApplyWA.
Other If you live in a state not listed, apply directly to CQUniversity using the Apply Now button below.

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