Postgraduate courses

Choose from more than 150 postgraduate courses at Charles Sturt University – all available online. It means you can learn when and where suits you and get qualified to make your next career move count. Whether you’re looking to move ahead in agriculture, business, communication or education; step up in IT, social work, nursing, policing or psychology; or innovate in science or veterinary studies, you can at Charles Sturt University.

You’ll get the latest skills and knowledge in your chosen field, and you’ll learn from academics who work closely with industry to ensure your course provides what industry needs. It’s why Charles Sturt is in the top six universities in Australia for postgraduate employment.*

Are you a Charles Sturt alumni? You could save with the 10% alumni discount on eligible courses. Best thing is, this discount is automatically applied – all you need to do is enrol and start studying! Exclusions apply to students studying packaged course sets, unless formal graduation has been completed.

There's never been a better time to upskill with a postgraduate qualification. Now even more affordable: save on your fees with a Commonwealth supported place when you start in 2023. Explore our graduate certificates.

Questions? Book a one-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.

*Good Universities Guide 2022/23

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We're Australia's most experienced online university. 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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Want to boost your finances?

A postgraduate degree makes a big difference to your earning potential. Median salaries are more than $22,000 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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*QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020

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 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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Top 5 university for postgrads who get jobs

Charles Sturt postgraduates get jobs. 91% of our grads are in full-time employment four months after graduating.*

Charles Sturt University postgraduates get paid well

We’re in the top 10 universities in Australia for postgraduate starting salaries. Our grads earn a median salary of $95,000.*

*Good Universities Guide 2021/22

Top 10 university for teaching quality

Get a quality postgrad degree with Charles Sturt. We’re in the top 10 universities in Australia for postgraduate teaching quality.*

You might be asking...

  • What are the benefits of studying a postgraduate diploma or degree?

    A postgraduate qualification opens up a lot of career opportunities. You can build on your skills to go for that promotion. You could also take your learning in a new direction and reskill for a career change. Either way, a postgrad degree makes a big difference to your earning potential. Median salaries are more than $22,000 higher for postgrads compared to undergrads.*

    *QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020

  • Which level of study should I choose?

    There are four levels of postgraduate study you can choose from, depending on your goals and previous study. A graduate certificate broadens the skills and knowledge you've already gained through an undergraduate degree. It's also a great stepping stone to a graduate diploma or master's degree. A graduate diploma is a specialised qualification, expanding on the skills you gained through your undergraduate degree or graduate certificate. Your graduate diploma can also lead to a master's degree. A master's degree may be comprised of different combinations of coursework, project work and research. This is a specialised qualification and can lead to career advancement, and opportunities for further study (such as a doctorate / PhD). And a PhD – sometimes called a Higher Degree by Research – is the highest level university qualification. This is a qualification in which you conduct your own research and document your findings as a thesis or dissertation.

  • What is a intensive school?

    An intensive (residential) school is your personal invitation to come on campus for an intensive study experience for between one and five days. Intensive school provides face-to-face learning with academics and other students in your course, and gives you the opportunity to engage in interactive learning, go deeper into course material and ask plenty of questions. What's more, we have special accommodation offers and grants to help make attending intensive schools more affordable.

  • Can I afford postgraduate study?

    A postgraduate degree makes a big difference to your earning potential. Median salaries are more than $22,000 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. You can speak to the dedicated Charles Sturt University financial team to get advice and info on everything finance. We can help you apply for scholarships, as well as government schemes like FEE-HELP, and grants for specific aspects of your study like attending intensive schools. And don’t forget, if there’s a direct connection between your study and your work, you could claim your course fees as a tax deduction. As a Charles Sturt University alumni, you can benefit from a 10 per cent discount on any future courses. So, if you ever want to come back to pursue more study, you’ll be ahead of the game before you start.

    *QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020

  • Can I advance my career sooner with credit?

    At Charles Sturt University, we believe your experience counts for a lot. We know you’re studying to build on your experience. From technical know-how to collaborative skills, and from professional development to informal learning – we know you have a lot to offer. So  we take it into account when you apply, through our recognition of prior learning program. You could receive credit towards your degree, meaning you could graduate quicker.

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