Graduate certificate courses – study online

Make a difference in your career and your community. A graduate certificate gives you a postgraduate qualification that combines cutting-edge theory with professional skills. Upskill with the latest knowledge in your discipline – or take the perfect step to start exploring a new area of interest.

With professional accredited courses available to study online – you can easily upgrade your qualifications in as little as six months with a graduate certificate around your other commitments. And because Charles Sturt is Australia’s online university of choice, you know you’re in good hands.

Places are filling fast in our job-ready graduate certificates (that come with significant savings). See below and secure your spot.

Be job-ready in 2021

We’re making it affordable for you to get job-ready in 2021. With our select graduate certificates you’ll get a reduced fee through government contributions and can defer your payment if you’re eligible for HECS-HELP. Start and complete your course in 2021 and you could get qualified now and pay later.

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At Charles Sturt University, study support isn’t an add on; it’s part of your experience. Whenever you need support on your study journey, we’ll be there.

We have dedicated online learning advisers available every day until 7pm. You can reach them by phone, email, Skype or online chat. Our Study Skills team are here to help you with the nuts and bolts of study – from researching topics through writing assignments to referencing papers. You can talk to a study adviser one-to-one online or over the phone, and access web resources around the clock. With 24/7 IT support, you’ll never have to stress about tech issues. And if you ever just need someone to talk to, reach out to our health and wellbeing team.

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Boost your earning potential

Median salaries are more than $22,000 higher for those with a postgraduate degree compared to those who hold undergraduate qualifications.* You’re investing in your future, and at Charles Sturt University we want to help you make it count.

We offer more than $3m in scholarships and grants that can make getting qualified that bit easier. A Charles Sturt scholarship can help cover costs like textbooks, travel and attending work placements. There are dedicated scholarships for postgraduate and online students, and you could be eligible to apply for more than one. The key step to getting a scholarship? Apply

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*2020 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey

Study that suits your life

More students choose to study online with Charles Sturt University than any other university in Australia. In fact, more than 25,000 people are studying with us online right now. So we put everything in place to enable you to advance in your industry, diversify your expertise or start your next career – all from the comfort of... wherever you like.

When you study online with Charles Sturt University, everything you need is there at the click of a mouse. Lectures, tutorials, assessments, resources, community spaces. Plus, our extensive digital library is available 24/7, with plenty of online resources and how-to guides to help you find what you need. We’ve even got a dedicated library YouTube channel for all your library learning know-how. And if you need any books sent to you, we’ll post them out free of charge.

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Department of Education, Skills and Employment Higher Education Statistics

Charles Sturt University is #1 for graduate employment

Get qualified and get the job. More Charles Sturt grads get jobs faster than grads from any other university in Australia.

QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020

Charles Sturt University is a 5-star uni for graduate salaries

Get your dream job and get paid well for it! Charles Sturt grads earn an average of $68,900 straight after graduating.

QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020

We're Australia’s most experienced online university

Get where you want to go... from wherever you are.

¹Department of Education, Skills and Employment Higher Education Statistics

You might be asking...

  • What is a graduate certificate?

    A graduate certificate is an ideal stepping stone to get the latest knowledge in your discipline, or start exploring an entirely new area of interest. They are the next level of postgraduate study after a single subject (which if you've done one, you could get credit for in your graduate certificate). They are all available online, so you can update your qualifications while working, and can be completed in as little as 26 weeks.

  • How does the government’s Job-Ready Graduates Package work?

    The Australian Government has provided extra Commonwealth supported places (CSP) for 2021 in a range of postgraduate courses so you can retrain and upskill in growth areas in the economy, including teaching, IT and health. We have 10 graduate certificates you can study as part of the package.

    CSP means that the course is offered with significant savings on the fees. If you complete all the subjects for one of the applicable graduate certificates in 2021, you could save between 30 and 80 per cent on the standard course fees. Plus, with a CSP, you may also be eligible to defer the remaining cost of your study through HECS-HELP.

    If you complete some of the subjects towards one of the applicable graduate certificates in 2021, those subjects will have the lower fees. Any subjects you study in 2022 will cost the standard fees.

  • When can I start studying a graduate certificate?

    In short – it depends on your course! But you have lots of options. Charles Sturt has multiple session intakes throughout the year, so you can choose to start studying when it suits you.

    The three main starting points are March, July and November. However, select courses also have multiple starting points during the year – so whenever you're ready, we're ready.

  • How long does it take to get a graduate certificate?

    You could secure a graduate certificate qualification in as little as six months. To graduate you need to complete four 8-point subjects. Subjects are offered at different times of the year, and you can choose how many you take on, but as an average if you do two each in successive session, you’ll have a brand new qualification in half a year. But at Charles Sturt University, we know things can change. Life is more hectic at some times than others. So as things change, you can modify your study to fit them. Take extra subjects when you have a bit more time. Scale back to one or two when things are busier. You can even study over the summer to get ahead.

  • Can I study a graduate certificate online?

    Absolutely. You can study any graduate certificate online. Charles Sturt University is one of the largest and most experienced providers of online education in Australia. More than 25,000 people are studying with us online right now. So we put everything in place to enable you to advance in your industry, diversify your expertise or start your next career – all from the comfort of… wherever you like. When you study online with Charles Sturt University, everything you need is there at the click of a mouse. Lectures, tutorials, assessments, resources, community spaces. Plus, our extensive digital library is available 24/7, with plenty of online resources and how-to guides to help you find what you need. We’ve even got a dedicated library YouTube channel for all your library learning know-how. And if you need any books sent to you, we’ll post them out free of charge.

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