Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Degree Type Graduate Certificate
Duration 6 months (part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GC045

Deliver positive social change

Today’s marketplace for the social venture is overcrowded. There are so many worthwhile initiatives seeking sponsorship, grants and the community dollar. In this competitive environment, entrepreneurship and innovation are emerging as key to gaining not-for-profit funding.

Our Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed for:

  • budding social entrepreneurs actively planning to set up ventures
  • those working in not-for-profit organisations who want to improve social outcomes
  • those working in government or local authorities responsible for enhancing and supporting the social sector
  • social workers, environmental activists, non-profit sector managers, regional economic development officers, arts administrators, indigenous administrators, philanthropists, and/or natural resource managers.

What will you do?

This 6-month program is delivered in intensive blocks. Assessments can feed directly into workplace projects. You will:

  • understand the role of mindsets, innovation and technology in the entrepreneurial process
  • build tools for supporting the health and wealth of social ventures
  • learn strategies for managing and mitigating uncertainty and risk
  • analyse case studies
  • pursue electives in line with your strengths and interests.
  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, 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.
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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3GC045
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GC045

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Not offered to international students.

  • Fees and Scholarships

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

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $16,500

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?


    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.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates may be interested in starting up their own social ventures, providing high level advice and expertise to government and/or non-government organisations either as employees or advisors.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Manager / Business Management, Arts Administrator, Business Consultant, Business Development Manager, Business Management, CEO, Natural Resource Manager, Commercialisation Manager, Entrepreneur, Social Worker, Startup Founder, General Manager, Strategist, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Innovation Manager

  • Degree Structure

    The Graduate Certificate is a 12-unit program including 6 units of core courses and 6 units of electives.

    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 degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    Example Study Plan

    Core Courses


    Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:

    The availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.


    Assessment consists of a combination of group and individual work. The format varies across courses and may be in the form of oral presentations, written and/or practical assignments, quizzes and class participation.
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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Tuesday, 8 Sep 2020