Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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 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.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC045
Deferment Yes - 2 year
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

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

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $17,500


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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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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. 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.


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: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021