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Graduate Certificate of Management

Become a leader that inspires. The Graduate Certificate in Management could be your next step to a distinguished management career.

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8 months full-time

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‘The online flexibility has been a game changer for me. I have no idea where I would be without the ability to study when and how I need to. I have taken my work interstate, overseas, anywhere you can think of.’

Corey, Swinburne Online graduate


The average salary for managers in Australia is $125,000.

The Good Universities Guide 2024

We received a 5-star rating for skills development and teaching quality for our postgraduate courses.

‘The online flexibility has been a game changer for me. I have no idea where I would be without the ability to study when and how I need to. I have taken my work interstate, overseas, anywhere you can think of.’

Corey, Swinburne Online graduate


The average salary for managers in Australia is $125,000.

We received a 5-star rating for skills development and teaching quality for our postgraduate courses.

The Good Universities Guide 2024

Cultivate decisive leadership qualities

The Graduate Certificate in Management will ask you to step outside of the confines of traditional management to hone the problem-solving and critical thinking skills that are most sought-after in business leaders. It will prepare you for career advancement, help you think like an entrepreneur and set you apart from the rest.

Coursework will further your understanding of how organisations work, how to maximise opportunities and deliver on projects. You will become more innovative and agile than the average player – a real contender for future leadership professional opportunities.

Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Management is a pathway to our Master of Business Administration. If you transfer, any applicable units you have successfully completed will be credited towards your MBA.

Why study with us?

  • No prior study needed: If you have three of more years of relevant work experience, you can jump directly into your Graduate Certificate of Management with Swinburne Online.
  • Study when and where you choose: With no compulsory live classes or attendance requirements, you can create a study schedule that fits around your work and family commitments.
  • Career growth: Accelerate your career progression and earning potential with a skillset designed to meet the business demands of the future.
  • Pathway to a top-tier MBA: When you have completed your graduate certificate, you may use your completed units towards Swinburne Online’s MBA. Swinburne University’s MBA has a Tier-1 rating and is in the top online MBAs in the CEO Magazine’s 2022 Global rankings.
  • Swinburne quality: Upon completion of your online Graduate Certificate of Management, you will receive exactly the same globally recognised postgraduate qualification as Swinburne’s on-campus students.

Learn more about our professional accreditations. Download a Course Guide.

Flexible study

What does flexible study mean for me?

As a busy professional, you need a course that fits into your schedule, not the other way around. Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to learn on your terms. There is no requirement to attend live or in-person classes, so you can log on and learn when and where it suits you. Whether it’s on the train on the way to work, at a café on your lunch break or at night after the kids have gone to bed. Decide when and where learning fits into your life and tailor your study journey to your needs.

A Graduate Certificate of Management from Swinburne Online is exactly the same qualification as you would get on campus. Get a world-class degree without giving up what’s important.

Flexible study at Swinburne Online

Pace your study to suit your lifestyle. Your time is always in demand, with personal and family commitments that are constantly evolving. If you’re unsure about how much you can commit to, we can offer part-time options and a flexible unit load.

You don’t have to put your life on hold to study. Prioritise what matters to you and fit study around family, work and personal commitments through a course that is flexibly designed for online learners. Your online classroom is accessible 24/7, so you are free to decide when study best fits into your lifestyle. There are no compulsory live sessions, and all content is recorded for you to access when it is most convenient. When you are less busy, stay a step ahead by accessing the content for the following week.

Start when it suits you. Swinburne Online offers three intakes per year and flexible unit availability, so you can choose when you begin your studies and when you need to take a break.

At Swinburne Online, we recognise that there are many pathways to knowledge. If you have already been working in your industry for at least three years, you may be able to gain entry to the Graduate Certificate of Management without an undergraduate degree. Speak to a Course Consultant about how you can use your professional experience to step straight into a postgraduate qualification.

Flexible study requires flexible support. As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, seven days a week. Student Advisors are available to help with anything from tech support to research advice, and a dedicated academic team will guide you through each of your units. If this is your first time studying at a tertiary or postgraduate level, you can count on comprehensive support with additional study workshops and learning resources to help you get up and learning, quickly.


Your course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Management consists of four core units that can be completed in eight months full-time.

Your units will focus on putting theory into practice. For example, the Designing for Change unit will help you utilise innovation and design approaches to the challenge of delivering a business project. This gives you the opportunity to extend your thinking in terms of creating solutions that go beyond traditional boundaries.

Why study a degree in management with Swinburne Online? Our courses are at the forefront of industry and provide you with the practical skills for success come graduation. View all units in this graduate certificate.

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How you'll learn

Learning designed for online

Designed by the online learning experts at Swinburne Online, your study journey is tailored to the digital space. You’ll study in a dynamic virtual classroom environment and interact with your peers in the custom-built social platform. You will also receive support at the times you need it from advisors who understand online study.

Your online study journey

You’ll complete each of your units in your online classroom, where you will access learning modules, videos, animations and other interactive resources. You will also have the option to participate in discussions and live facilitator sessions to collaborate with your peers. Online doesn’t mean you’re alone – connect with fellow students to share ideas, organise study groups and support one another, all within our user-friendly learning environment.

Be guided through coursework by experienced academics, currently practising in their fields, and gain cutting-edge, practical knowledge that you can put into practice immediately.

The Student Hub is your online campus, where you’ll access the support and resources to assist you throughout your study journey. From managing your course to technical support and library resources, you’ll find it all in one easy location.

Swinburne Online will be there for you each step of the way. From enrolment through to graduation, we offer extended, flexible support in each of your units and advisors to assist with any queries.

Entry requirements

To gain entry into this course, applicants must have one of the following:

  • a minimum of three years’ full-time relevant professional experience, or
  • a recognised bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, or
  • a recognised bachelor’s degree in any discipline plus a minimum of two years’ full-time relevant professional experience.

This course is only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and humanitarian visa holders.


The estimated annual fee for this course is $17,000*.

*Unit fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth provided loans are available to assist eligible students to pay their course fees and there are a range of university, government and privately funded scholarships and prizes.

Discover more information about HELP loans.

Course fees will be affected by a student’s unit selection and any credit awarded in recognition of previous academic experience.

This course is only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and humanitarian visa holders.

Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.

Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. You may be eligible for Swinburne Scholarships.

Career Outcomes

Your pathway to senior management

As a seasoned professional, you have already achieved a lot without a postgraduate business degree. Now is the time to formalise your learning and show employers that you are capable of taking on the challenges of a senior management role.

With a Graduate Certificate in Management, you’ll graduate as a confident professional prepared to stand out at work and take the next step in leadership. With the key skills essential for career advancement and a new entrepreneurial mindset, you will be set up for careers in strategic, general, operational and project management upon graduation.

Your graduate certificate also opens a pathway for you to advance your knowledge and expertise by continuing with a Master of Business Administration.

A survey of recent Swinburne Online graduates revealed that 90 per cent of Business alumni were employed full-time. This comes as no surprise as the 2021 GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey revealed that worldwide, demand for graduate management talent has now returned to its pre-pandemic high.

A Graduate Certificate of Management from Swinburne Online signals to employers your readiness to take on contemporary business challenges as a within a senior leadership position.

Swinburne Online’s Graduate Certificate of Management is not only for those wanting to open doors to upper-management positions in their industry. If you are an entrepreneur or business owner ready to upscale your business, this course can offer you a clear, practical pathway to take your business to the next level. No matter the size of your business, we can equip you with the skills you need to realise your capabilities and potential.

When you complete a Graduate Certificate of Management with Swinburne Online, you will be rewarded with not only a top-tier postgraduate qualification, but also a valuable network of like-minded business professionals. Forge connections, motivate one another and share opportunities and ideas that you can continue to draw upon long after graduation.

This course is nationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a globally recognised business school standard achieved by less than 5 per cent of business schools worldwide.

What are other students asking?
For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.
When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Advisors and they will take care of it for you.
You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you. There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.
Yes, there are no requisite live or in-person sessions, so you can elect to study anytime, anywhere. If you find the combination of full-time work and full-time study to be too much, you can choose to study part-time.
As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, seven days a week, with Student Advisors available to help with anything from tech support to research advice and dedicated online tutors in each of your units. Learn more about your support.

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