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Graduate Certificate in Economics

Develop essential knowledge in microeconomics and more with the UNSW Graduate Certificate in Economics.

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The Graduate Certificate in Economics, UNSW Sydney, is a pathway to economics, designed for professionals looking to upskill or those seeking to start a new career in the area of Economics. Develop solid foundations in economic principles, quantitative reasoning and decision-making.

Graduates move toward a career or further study in economic policy, economic theory, public policy and economic development.

Why choose this graduate certificate?

In less than a year, gain specific skills related to your career or academic aspirations. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate makes you eligible for the Master of Applied Economics. Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Economics (7412) with a minimum WAM of 65% can apply to articulate into the Master of Applied Economics program and will receive 24 UOC of Advanced Standing.

Choose electives in core competencies that are targeted to suit your professional or academic goals. Topics include markets and frictions, statistics for econometrics, financial econometrics and international macroeconomics. See the program structure for detailed information.

We provide students with the tools they need to do policy analysis, consultancy and data analysis... even though we don’t have all the answers, we give our students theoretical and empirical tools to problem-solve for themselves.

Juan Carlos Carbajal
Associate Professor, School of Economics
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UNSW Business School is a leading business school in the Asia-Pacific, consistently ranking within the top 50 worldwide for Economics and Econometrics. In Australia, we are rated “Well above world standard” for Economics by the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) government assessment. Read more about our rankings and reputation.

Our programs are shaped by industry leaders and world-class academics who recognise the future will present career opportunities that don’t exist today. Our students build professional networks among more than 90,000 Business School alumni worldwide. The skills and insights gained from your Graduate Certificate in Economics can have an immediate positive effect on your career.

During this postgraduate degree you will have access to a suite of professional development opportunities offered by Career Accelerator, that are exclusive to UNSW’s Business School students. Career Accelerator helps you build industry connections through networkingmentoringinternships and global business practicums opportunities.

Who is this degree for?

  • Those interested in a pathway to a master’s degree in economics
  • People who wish to gain knowledge and skills in economics

Job and career prospects

The graduate certificate may lead to further studies in economics, which will open up many career opportunities in:

  • Government departments, including the Reserve Bank of Australia, Australian Bureau of Statistics, and The Treasury
  • International organisations, including the major banks
  • Consulting firms
  • Research centres
  • Educational institutions

The Graduate Certificate in Economics consists of 4 courses (24 UOC): two core courses and two elective courses.

Core courses

COMM5005 Quantitative Methods for Business

This course provides an introduction to the mathematical and statistical tools required in a business degree. There is an emphasis on problem solving by both manual and computer methods. The first half of the course focuses on algebra and graphs, financial mathematics and optimisation methods including linear programming and calculus. The second half of the course focuses on developing quantitative data analysis skills through probability, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and linear regression (simple and multiple regression using cross sectional data).

ECON5103 Business Economics

​An introduction to economic analysis and policy, with particular application to decision-making in business. The course provides students with the tools to use economic principles in decision-making and an understanding of the broader economic environment in which business decisions must be made.

Prescribed Electives

Choose two from the following

  • ECON5101 Microeconomics
  • ECON5102 Macroeconomics
  • ECON5205 Econometrics

A recognised bachelor’s degree from an Australian university or equivalent overseas institution.

Assumed knowledge: A level of knowledge equivalent to a first-year undergraduate mathematics subject is assumed. Students without such knowledge are advised to contact the Postgraduate Coursework Director in Economics, complete an appropriate self-assessment of university mathematics knowledge before the commencement of their first term and complete a Maths bridging course where appropriate.

International students are also required to satisfy the UNSW Business School English Language requirement of IELTS 7.0 overall (minimum 6 in each subtest) or equivalent test.

Application checklist

Before you apply, ensure that you:

  1. Choose the right program that matches your interests and career aspirations
  2. Meet the entry requirements of the program
  3. Check if you are eligible to apply for credits or advanced standing based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this program
  4. Note: You can apply for credits during the online application process

  5. Have the various supporting documentation for your application. E.g.

   a. Official academic transcripts
   b. Proof of completion of qualification
   c. Proof of identity and citizenship
   d. Proof of relevant work experience (if required)

    You can upload the above documentation during the online application process

How to apply

You can apply for this program online:

There are three intakes per year:

  • Term 1 (February): 30 November
  • Term 2 (June)*: 31 March
  • Term 3 (September): 31 July

*Please note that not all programs have a Term 2 intake.

Late applications may be accepted after the closing dates subject to the availability of places.

Need help?

Still need help finding the right postgraduate business program for you? Contact us now.

We know you're busy balancing postgraduate study with your personal and other work commitments. So UNSW Business School's dynamic learning spaces, facilities and student support helps you make the most of every day on campus.

Expand your professional network

Your postgraduate cohort is more than a valuable future business network – you'll make lifelong friends in class and at a range of social events. Join a student club – there are more than 180 social, cultural, sports and professional clubs to choose from. The Graduate Student Association is a great place to start.  Find out more

All the support you need to achieve

If it has been a while since you last studied, you may need to brush up on your skills. We'll help with study skills workshops and Career Mentoring programs. Our Meet the Executive series offers unique behind the scenes business insights and the Business School's LEAD Business Leadership program, as well as many other orientation, leadership and mentor programs, can open the door to new opportunities. Find out more

Stay active on campus

Exercise boosts your mental wellbeing and can help you deal with exam or assignment pressures. It's easy to stay fit with state of the art sporting facilities on campus, including a 50m indoor pool, fitness centre, squash courts and a range of competitive sports teams. Find out more

Everything you need in one place

The UNSW Kensington campus is like a village hub, with cafes, bars, banks, a post office, medical and dental centres as well as retail outlets. It's a short bus trip to Sydney's CBD, many beautiful beaches, the SCG and Centennial Park, and movie theatres at Fox Studios. Find out more

Make the most of every opportunity

Your postgraduate degree is a unique chance to get a new perspective on life. So get involved – as well as student clubs and social activities there are internships, volunteer projects, competitions and international exchanges on offer. It's a great way to further develop your leadership, project management or specialist skills.

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Quick facts for students

Program code
Graduate Certificate
Assumed Knowledge
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
Study Mode
Face to face
0.7 years full-time; 1 year part-time
Commencing terms
Term 1 – February
Term 3 – September
Course fee*
Program fee (total)*
* Fees are indicative only

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