The Graduate Certificate Explained

Applicants who hold an undergraduate degree can gain entry directly to the Masters. Applicants without an undergraduate degree are not eligible for direct entry into the Masters, but with relevant work experience can enter the program through the Graduate Certificate. Complete an Eligibility Form to see if you have the right experience for the Graduate Certificate pathway

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Once you complete the Graduate Certificate, you now have the required qualification to commence your Masters degree.

Do I have to do any extra subjects?

No. Your four subjects completed as part of your Graduate Certificate are fully credited into the Masters degree. You complete four subjects in the Graduate Certificate, and another eight subjects to finish your Masters degree (fewer with credits).

There is no difference in Graduate Certificate and Masters subjects. Graduate Certificate and Masters students are study together, from the same pool of subjects.

How do I transfer?

Transferring from the Graduate Certificate to the Masters is simply a matter of completing a short form. This form will be emailed to you in the last session of your Graduate certificate, along with options for Graduation.

Are there any benefits to completing the Graduate Certificate?

Firstly, you will graduate with multiple qualifications at the end of your study.

Secondly, if you have not previously completed any university study, the short Graduate Certificate is a good opportunity to complete programs like Studylink:

http://www.csu.edu.au/student/studylink/ (Only an option for Master of Management (IT), MBA (Computing), and Master of Project Management courses and associated Graduated Certificates)

Studylink allows you to develop a clear understanding of the expectations of studying at University, and to develop the skills needed to study. If you do not do this short course there is excellent content you can access as a student on the areas.

Thirdly, the point of transition between the Graduate Certificate and Masters is also an ideal moment to take a break from studies, as it is possible to graduate from the Graduate Certificate and then commence the Masters degree at a later date.

If you decide that university study is not for you, then the Graduate Certificate is also a potential exit point to leave your studies while still obtaining a qualification.