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.

  • Ranked in top 200 globally for Economics & Econometrics^
  • ISO 9001 Certification
  • AACSB accredited

^QS World University Rankings, 2022

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
From 30 June 2023, in accordance with Australian government requirements, the University will be returning to face-to-face teaching for all students where it is safe and practical to do so. For students with circumstances where it would not be practical or safe to travel to Australia, exemptions may apply. Students are encouraged to regularly check Study in 2023 and International Student Covid-19 FAQ for information and updates.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC079
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $18,500

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.


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

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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.

Example Study Plan

Indicative Study Plan
Core Courses ECON 7051: Intermediate Econometrics IID

plus two courses from the following:

ECON 7222: Applied Economic Principles
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: Applied Economic Principles
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.

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Last updated: Friday, 3 Mar 2023