Postgraduate courses

You live in a progressive world, and so do we.

Thinking it’s time to advance your career or explore a new industry? Match your career move with a choice of more than 200 industry-accredited postgraduate online courses across 19 diverse career areas.

And because you’re already busy, flexible online learning will help you achieve your career goals on your schedule. From single subjects and graduate certificates to master's and research degrees, we’re here to help you make your next move count.

Did you know? Charles Sturt alumni get a 10 per cent discount on fee-paying postgrad courses.

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We've got your back

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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Want to boost your finances?

A postgraduate degree makes a big difference to your earning potential. Median salaries are more than $20,000 higher for postgrads compared to undergrads.* 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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*2019 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.

Good Universities Guide 2020/21

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 $67,100 straight after graduating.

QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019

We're Australia’s online university of choice

More students choose to study online with Charles Sturt University than any other university in Australia.¹

¹Department of Education, Skills and Employment Higher Education Statistics

You might be asking...

  • What if my course has a residential school?

    A residential school (or res school) is a short, intensive learning experience where usually you come on campus for a few days to connect with your online classmates, put your learning into practice and get one-to-one advice from your lecturers.

    If safe to do so, residential schools will go ahead. Some may be delayed until an appropriate time, while others may happen online.

    We are monitoring the situation – with your safety our top priority. Rest assured, whatever the situation with residential schools, we will ensure that you are able to complete your course.

  • Can I advance my career sooner with credit?

    Quite possibly. If you’ve completed related study or have recognised industry experience, you could be eligible for credit towards your postgraduate degree. Explore ways you can fast-track your course with recognition of prior learning, or get in touch with our friendly team to discuss your options.

  • What's it like studying online with Charles Sturt?

    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.

  • Are there discounts available for alumni?

    Definitely. We value lifelong learning at Charles Sturt. That’s why we offer all our grads a 10 per cent discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses. The discount will be automatically applied, so all you need to do is enrol and start studying.

  • How much will it cost to study?

    While a uni degree is a big financial commitment, it's one of the best investments you can make in your future. And there's so many ways we can help make your study affordable.

    The cost of your degree will depend on your course. As a guide, in 2019 the cost of your first year of full-time postgraduate study could range from around $10,000 for a graduate certificate to around $30,000 for a master’s. Check your course online for indicative fees for your first year of study. You can also calculate your student contribution by using our fees calculator.

    Let's take a look at how we can make investing in yourself easier.

    Study now, pay later with FEE-HELP

    Good news. You can defer part or all of your fees through the Australian government’s FEE-HELP scheme. If you’re eligible for FEE-HELP, you only have to start repaying your tuition fees when you earn above the government threshold. In 2019 the repayment threshold is $51,957.

    Alumni discount

    It's kind of like mates rates, except for family. All Charles Sturt alumni get a 10 per cent discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses. And the best part? Your alumni discount is applied automatically when you enrol. It's our way of saying it's great to have you back home.

    Claim postgraduate study on your tax

    If there’s a direct connection between your study and work, you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance, seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office website.

    Scholarships and grants

    Boost your finances with a scholarship or grant. Each year we have more than $3 million up for grabs. And you don’t have to be the world’s best student to be considered – we have all kinds of scholarships available. Just check your eligibility and apply. Trust us, it's worth your while!

  • Which level of study should I choose?

    It all comes down to your career goals and experience.

    Depending on your previous study and industry experience, you may be able to enrol directly into a master’s degree. Alternatively, you can start with a graduate certificate or graduate diploma.

    If you meet the admission requirements, most of our postgraduate degrees allow you to enrol into the master’s and, if you prefer, you can exit early with a graduate certificate or diploma. Find out more about levels of study.

  • Postgraduate degree by coursework or research?

    If you want to impact the world in a big way, a postgraduate course is a great option. You’ll just need to decide if a coursework or research degree will get you where you want to be.

    In a coursework program, you’ll complete a set of structured subjects designed to deepen your knowledge of a topic or expand on your area of specialisation by diversifying your skill set.

    A research degree, also known as a Higher Degree by Research, allows you to independently investigate an area of interest, completing a major research project and thesis with the support of an academic supervisor.

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Once you've ticked all of your course requirements, you can apply to study with Charles Sturt in as little as 15 minutes.

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