Graduate Certificate in Economics

Course Code DG045
Course Type Postgraduate
Credit Points Required  24
CRICOS code 079198F


The Economics postgraduate coursework program provides training in theoretical and applied aspects of modern economics, econometrics, and financial economics. It is one of the most successful programs of its type in Australia and a leading supplier of graduates to the private and public sectors.

The Graduate Certificate in Economics is primarily designed for applicants who have significant professional experience in economics, business or a related field, but who either have: (i) no tertiary education qualification or (ii) an undergraduate qualification that does not provide direct access to either a Graduate Diploma or Master of Economics. There are two intakes per year, with classes commencing in March and July.

Course requirements

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 2014.

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.

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.

For details of the English language requirements for entry into this course, please refer to 'English Language Requirements for International Students'.

Minimum duration of Course

Full-time Part-time
0.5 years 1 year