Graduate Certificate in Economics

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The School of Economics popular and highly-regarded Graduate Certificate in Economics degree program has been redesigned to really challenge you to problem-solve, weigh the costs and benefits of different economic actions, and understand how people, firms and governments respond to economic incentives in a wide variety of situations.

The University of Sydney’s Economics program comes from a long tradition of excellence that started in 1920. The quality of our teaching has been anchored by the strength of our research, which is widely considered world class in a range of areas, from Macroeconomics to Applied Economics to Behavioural and Experimental Economics.

These are exciting times of change and growth for our discipline. The revamped Graduate Certificate in Economics seeks to take advantage of this with a renewed and increased focus on applying economic knowledge to practical contemporary problems in business and government. For example, students will now have for the first time the opportunity to undertake an independent project, applying the skills they have learnt to a practical real-world problem of their choosing.

As one of the highest-ranking and largest economics programs in the region, the Graduate Certificate in Economics provides core training in theoretical and applied aspects of modern economics, econometrics and financial economics as well as a wide range of electives from International Money and Finance and Private Equity, to Labour Economics, Environmental Economics and Experimental methods.

This versatile skillset makes our graduates dramatically advance in their careers, becoming highly employable in today’s dynamic workplace, including the finance industry government departments, the Reserve Bank, international agencies and not-for-profit organisations, product development and management consultancy roles.


Upon completion of the degree, you’ll gain entry into one of Australia’s most established and distinguished alumni communities in the field. Our graduates have gone on to hold leading positions in the profession, with distinguished alumni including Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens, Chairman of APRA John Laker, founder of Macquarie Bank David Clark, and Nobel Laureate in Economics John Harsanyi.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Further course information

Study plan

The Graduate Certificate in Economics requires the satisfactory completion of:
(a) 24 credit points of core units of study

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Many of our recent graduates have gone on to hold senior positions in Treasury, the Reserve Bank and other policy departments across federal and state governments, as well as in international financial agencies, markets and institutions. Our graduates have taken on leading roles in the corporate world and key positions in the not-for-profit sector. You can join them.

Further study

Many of our recent graduates have gone on to hold senior positions in Treasury, the Reserve Bank and other policy departments across federal and state governments, as well as in international financial agencies, markets and institutions. Our graduates have taken on leading roles in the corporate world and key positions in the not-for-profit sector. You can join them.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Economics requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or

(b) evidence of a minimum of three years' recent, relevant, professional experience.

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

Upgrade is possible for a Grad Dip to Masters in the embedded degree.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University, via the International Office. For information about closing dates and application procedures, visit the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Economics.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Economics.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.