Graduate Certificate in Economics

The Graduate Certificate in Economics is an 4 unit of study (24 credit point) program that provides a toolkit to apply to real-life problem solving. It also acts as a pathway to the Graduate Diploma in Economics and to the Master of Economics.

Every effort, including evening teaching times and lecture recordings, is made to make this program accessible to professionals and part-time students. There are two intakes per year for the Graduate Certificate in Economics, with classes commencing in March and July.

How to apply

Applications can be made through Sydney Courses.

Admission

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Economics requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • evidence of a minimum of three years recent, relevant professional experience.

Details of the English language requirements for entry into this course are available here.

Degree Requirements

Note that students who commenced study prior to 2015 should consult the relevant Faculty Handbook for details of their degree requirements.

To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Economics, students must successfully complete a total of 4 units of study (24 credit points), comprising:

  • four foundational units of study (24 credit points)

Foundational units of study

  • ECMT5001 Principles of Econometrics
  • ECON5001 Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON5002 Macroeconomic Theory
  • Either ECON5004 Communication on Economics or ECON5005 Quantitative Tools for Economics

Progression guide

The following table shows an example degree progression for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Economics on a full-time basis completing four units of study per semester beginning in Semester 1 of a year.

Year / Semester Units of study 1 Units of study 2 Units of study 3 Units of study 4 Total Credit points
Year 1
Semester 1
ECMT5001 Principles of Econometrics ECON5001 Microeconomic Theory ECON5002 Macroeconomic Theory ECON5004 Communication in Economics OR ECON5005 Quantitative Tools for Economics 24

Please Note: The information listed in this program of study example is meant as a guide only. Students should always check the requirements for individual units of study. Students are usually able to complete the units of study for their degree in different sequences to that listed above. You are advised to plan your degree based upon your individual needs and to contact the Faculty Office if you need any assistance in planning your progression in your degree. Up to 24 credit points in foundational unit study may be waived on the basis of prior study in economics.

Entry Requirements

For entry into this course, students must have either met the entry requirements as for the master or graduate diploma OR have completed a bachelor's degree, graduate diploma, graduate certificate or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution (at a standard acceptable to the Faculty); OR have evidence of a minimum of three years of recent, relevant professional experience.

Upgrade is possible from a Grad Cert to a Grad Dip or Masters in the embedded degree.

Minimum duration of Course

Full-time Part-time
0.5 years 1 year



Degree requirements for students who commenced the GCertEc in 2014

To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Economics, students must successfully complete a total of four units of study (24 credit points), comprising:

  • three core foundational units of study (18 credit points)
  • one elective units of study (6 credit points)

Foundational core units of study

  • ECMT5001 Principles of Econometrics
  • ECON5001 Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON5002 Macroeconomic Theory

Elective units of study

  • ECON6024 Private Equity *
  • ECON6026 Strategic Business Relationships *
  • FINC5001 Capital Markets and Corporate Finance
  • other ECMT/ECON6000 level units of study where the prerequisite requirements are met or waived

* This unit is not offered for 2015.

For details of these units of study, please refer to the University's Online unit of study handbook.

Progression guide

The following table shows an example course progression for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Economics on a full-time basis completing four units of study per semester.

Year / Semester Units of study Credit points
Year 1
Semester 1
Principles of Econometrics Microeconomic Theory Macroeconomic Theory elective 24

Please Note: The information listed in this program of study example is meant as a guide only. Students should always check the requirements for individual units of study. Students may be able to complete the units of study for their degree in different sequences to that listed above. You are advised to plan your degree based upon your individual needs and to contact the Faculty Office if you need any assistance in planning your progression in your degree.