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Social Impact (Advanced), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Melbourne, Australia
The Master of Social Impact (Advanced) at Swinburne University of Technology gives high-performing students the chance to use previous experience in business management, and new-found skills in innovation to solve complex social issues through research.


Designed for professionals looking to undertake independent research in the field of social impact, this course prepares students to undertake a PhD in the field.

Course description

The Master of Social Impact (Advanced) at Swinburne University of Technology is designed for high-performing students seeking to build skills and advance their careers in the growing field of social impact. Whether a social entrepreneur, working within the philanthropy and not for profit sector in a management or innovation role, in the private sector in corporate responsibility and social innovation, or in government policy dealing with complex social issues, the MSI provides core capabilities required to lead people effectively in a rapidly changing social economy and business environment.

This postgraduate program provides a unique opportunity for students to gain specialised knowledge of research principles and methods and undertake an independent piece of research in the field of social impact. Students extend their knowledge gained throughout their studies and critically apply this knowledge to the research process as preparation for a PhD.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Opportunity Discovery. Creativity and Design 
  • Corporate Responsibility and Accountability 
  • Social Impact: Entrepreneurs and Social Innovation 
  • Social Investment and Philanthropy 
  • Leadership for Social Impact 
  • Evaluation and Impact Measurement 
  • Strategic Philanthropy 
  • Social Venture Development 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Part-time option is only for domestic students.

  • Credits
    200 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

CRICOS code- 095608D

  • A recognised bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS a minimum of three years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience or
  • successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact  Please note the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact is offered part-time only in 2019 or
  • Masters Qualifying Program is available to International applicants with three years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37480 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37480 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    31920 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31920 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Melbourne

  • 1501 - 2660 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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