Graduate Certificate in US Studies

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

Deepen your understanding of American politics, culture and society. Gain high-level analytical research and writing skills and a specialist understanding of US military, political and cultural power. Whether you want to pursue a career in government, international relations, business, media or education, this course will equip you with the skills you need to get there.

This degree will ask you to think critically about the underlying theories and concepts of American studies, and test your assumptions about the United States and its influence in the world.

Our course provides you with an international perspective on American politics and foreign policy. It will prepare you to reach your intellectual goals by ranging from policy analysis through to an appreciation of cultural power and historical change.

Why study with us?
Draw on the outstanding resources and networks of the University’s United States Studies Centre (USSC), a leading teaching and research think tank in Australia.

The USSC offers unprecedented access to distinguished scholars, policymakers and business leaders, as well as think tank programs and the US diplomatic corps in Australia.

You will have unique opportunities for an international postgraduate experience, such as the G’Day USA American Insights Tour.

Pursue professional development or academic excellence along one of our three advanced study streams: internship; exchange or research with our capstone experience.

Take part in a local or international internship or study on exchange in an international postgraduate program.

Course outline

The Graduate Certificate in US Studies requires the satisfactory completion of 4 units of study (24 credit points), including the core unit of study USSC6901 Fundamentals of US Studies, a minimum of 12 credit points of core elective units of study and a maximum of 6 credit points of elective units of study.

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the

US Studies unit of study table in the Postgraduate Handbook

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Further course information

Graduate opportunities

This course will equip you to pursue a career in government, international relations, business, media or education. Our graduates have gone on to roles including campaign organiser, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Officer, non-profit/NGO sector campaign officer, chief political advisor, journalists and researchers.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in US Studies requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) equivalent professional experience in a relevant field.

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications but whose evidence of experience and achievement is deemed by the Dean to be equivalent.

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

If you would like to apply through a University approved agent, visit Agents and Representatives.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will 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 costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.