Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics

Enhance an established career

Economics is everywhere: in the lives of individuals, in the news, in government policy and in the decision-making of big and small organisations.

This six-month program covers core economic principles to help you navigate the complexities of a globalised world. It’s suited to those seeking foundational knowledge and skills in the area. No prior economics knowledge is required for entry.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics sets you up to use economic tools and skills in the modern world. You will:

  • build essential knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics
  • apply economic concepts to a range of fields
  • explore economic growth and development and the organisation of markets
  • practise advanced techniques for managing data
  • gain enhanced analytical, reasoning and communication skills.

If you want to take your studies further, there is flexibility to continue into the Grad Dip or Master of Applied Economics.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:

Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC079
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GC079

Fees and Scholarships

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

Find a Scholarship.


Potential careers

Non Government Organisation Worker, Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Public Servant, International Development Worker, International Trade or Business Analyst

Degree Structure

This Graduate Certificate is a 12 unit program of study. Students take three core courses and choose one elective course.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

You can find the academic program rules for this program under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

Example Study Plan

Indicative Study Plan
Core Courses ECON 7051: Intermediate Econometrics IID

plus two courses from the following:

ECON 7222: Economics for Public Policy
ECON 7011: Intermediate Microeconomics IID
ECON 7071: Intermediate Macroeconomics IID
Electives One course not already taken from the following:

ECON 7011: Intermediate Microeconomics IID
ECON 7036: International Trade and Investment Policy IID
ECON 7052: East Asian Economies IID
ECON 7071: Intermediate Macroeconomics IID
ECON 7221: The Economics of Climate Change
ECON 7222: Economics for Public Policy
ECON 7228: Behavioural Economics IID
Note:  With permission of the Program Coordinator an elective course to the value of three units may be chosen from other postgraduate coursework programs offered by the School of Economics


Assessment is based on a range of methods. Typical examples of those methods include examinations, tests, individual or group assignments, projects, presentations, online quizzes, and tutorial work.


Studying has broadened my understanding of the importance and complexity of the global food system and the implications increasing food demand will have on us all. The skills and knowledge that I have gained are in demand by businesses throughout the world.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021