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    Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation Leadership
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    Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation Leadership

    CQUniversity Australia

    CQUniversity Australia


    Australia, Rockhampton

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    Key Facts

    Program Level

    Graduate Certificate

    Study Type

    Full Time





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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake DeadlinesJanuary-2025 31-Dec-2025
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    Duration 0.5 year(s)
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 17,041  / year
    Apply Date 31-Dec-2025
    Next Intake January-2025

    Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation Leadership


    The Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation Leadership is a multi-disciplinary course focused on equipping you with a strong foundational knowledge about social innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills. 

    You will study four units aimed at preparing you to meet social challenges through the creative and sustainable development of new ideas, products, models or systems. You will be introduced to design thinking and collaborative ways of using an eco-system approach to resolve complex problems by offering ways of providing social benefit. Gain an understanding of leadership in the context of entrepreneurship, examining the drivers and behaviours of people, group dynamics, and organisational and leadership processes. You will draw on theoretical frameworks and insights from across management, human resources, sociology and psychology disciplines. Develop a practical understanding of how to facilitate disruptive innovations and entrepreneurship within an organisation, and create market value. Your studies culminate with an innovation project which can be tailored to your workplace or interest area. You will prepare, design and implement a professional innovation project proposal to build contextual skills for designing and leading innovative projects that have a social impact. 

    Throughout your studies, you will benefit from practical learning experiences including case study analysis, real-world examples and your final project. 

    Designed for maximum flexibility, this course is entirely self-paced and 100% online hosted on our Be Different platform. Access your course content on any device, anytime, and experience the ultimate in flexibility and convenience.

    Social innovation leadership

    Social innovation focuses on meeting social challenges through the creative and sustainable development of new ideas, products, models, or systems. At CQUni, social impact is at the heart of our operations. With a clear focus on communities, we have a deep-seated desire to change the world for the better. Our commitment to impactful research, education and training has seen us recognised as Australia's only Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. As a member of Ashoka U, you can be confident of learning from industry leaders in the Graduate Certificate of Social Innovation Leadership. 

    Be Different learning platform

    Ideal for the busy, self-motivated learner, this course is hosted entirely online and structured so that you can choose when you study. This course is designed for you to access course content on any device with internet access.

    Unit content is divided into modules which are then broken down into smaller bite-sized learning activities so you’re able to fit study around your commitments and lifestyle. Complete modules on the bus, during your lunch hour, or in the doctor’s waiting room.

    With no need to buy textbooks or additional content, and everything you need available on the Be Different platform and internet, you can be completing your studies anywhere.


    Entry Requirements

    To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold one of the following:
    • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor degree, or higher equivalent qualification; or
    • A completed AQF Diploma with two years relevant business experience*; or
    • A minimum of five years relevant business experience*.
    * Relevant work experience should include an understanding of how a business operates, which includes, project management, process management or other relevant professional experience.
    Employment experience must be shown in a letter of employment which is presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain position title, duties performed and length of service.
    English Language Proficiency Requirements:
    If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
    • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
    • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
    • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0
    Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
    If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:
    • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
    • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

    English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

    If you are an International student, please visit International students English requirements for further information.

    Each student will be assessed individually.

    English Program Requirements

    If you don’t meet our English language entry requirements and need to improve your English language proficiency, you can do so through our approved English Language Instruction Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) providers. This means that you can attend the required English language tuition at approved ELICOS providers and gain direct entry into university without an IELTS or TOEFL test.


    The Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation (GCSI) focuses on building the professional capacity of managers and social entrepreneurs of the future, across the corporate, government and third (not-for-profit) sectors. Student will learn to lead organisations creating social and environmental value, and their ability to operate in a changed cross-sector social landscape, where the dynamism of the market is also directed at social innovation. Specifically student may seek employment in consulting and advising on business performance and improvements including:

    • social project design and management
    • new social ventures developments, international venture assessment and capital raising in a social context
    • corporate social innovation and social entrepreneurship
    • social incubator and technological innovation, support services to new ventures, in Not For Profit and small to medium enterprise (SME) sector
    • design and development of teams and team dynamics working in social innovation Launchpad environments

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 17,041 

    How to Apply

    • Select your course
    • Check entry requirements.
    • Check your eligibility for credit.
    • Apply online
    • Obtain certified documents.
    • Submit your application and documents.
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