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 that fits around your other commitments. And because Charles Sturt is Australia’s most experienced online university, you know you’re in good hands.

Questions? Book a on-to-one online consult with a uni adviser and we'll help find the right course for your career ambitions, and help get your application sorted.

Upskill in 2023 – and you could save on your fees

University just got a little easier – save on your fees for selected courses with a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). A CSP also means you can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to pay for your studies and defer repayment until you earn above a certain amount – meaning upskilling has never been more affordable. Ready to make a difference to your career and community? Explore courses in growth areas and start in 2023.

Are you a Charles Sturt alumni? You could save with the 10% alumni discount on eligible courses.

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Micro-credentials

Upskill with a micro-credential and gain cutting edge industry-aligned skills and knowledge in just eight weeks. Learn online. Connect with industry experts. Boost your career. Build to a graduate certificate.

From financial crime to financial literacy. From management to media. From leadership to project management. Find the short course that works for you.

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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 comprehensive 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

A postgraduate degree makes a big difference to your earning potential. Median salaries are more than $24,500 higher for coursework postgrads compared to undergrads – and a full $30,000 more for those with a postgraduate research degree.* 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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*QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021

Study that suits your life

Charles Sturt University is the most experienced provider of online education in Australia. More than 27,000 people are studying online with us 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 undergraduate employment

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

*Good Universities Guide 2021/22

Charles Sturt University graduates get paid well

Our undergrads earn an average of $66,800 straight after graduating, and our postgrads earn a median starting salary of $95,000.*

*Good Universities Guide 2021/22

We're Australia’s most experienced online university

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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.

  • What are the benefits of studying a graduate certificate?

    There are plenty of reasons to study a graduate certificate, but the big one? You'll get further, specialised knowledge in an area you're passionate about. Whether you want to upskill and build on the knowledge you gained during your undergraduate degree, or reskill and take your career on a different path – a graduate certificate will give you the in-demand skills employers are looking for. The best bit? All Charles Sturt graduate certificates are delivered 100 per cent online – so you can study part-time and still work full-time. You can login and learn from any device at anytime. You can fit study around your life, not the other way around.

  • 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.

  • How do I apply for a graduate certificate?

    Applying for a graduate certificate is simple – and you can do so in as little as 15 minutes. All you need to do is apply online direct to Charles Sturt. Need help with your application? No worries. Supporting you is what we do best. Just reach out to our friendly team and we can answer any questions you might have to keep your application moving.

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