18 months
38300 AUD/year
33600 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Social Impact (MSI) at Swinburne University of Technology is designed for high-performing professionals seeking to build skills and advance their career in the growing field of social impact.You will already have relevant industry experience.

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Whether you’re a manager in the philanthropy and not-for-profit sector, working in government in a policy-making capacity, or dedicated to corporate responsibility and social innovation in the private sector, the MA-SI will provide you with the core capabilities needed to lead people effectively in a rapidly changing social economy and business environment.

Taught through the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne, you’ll benefit from interactive learning and access to world-class researchers and academics. Accelerate your knowledge with deep discussions as you share your experiences with fellow students, hear first-person contemporary case-studies and gain rare insights from industry experts.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Social Impact (MSI) at Swinburne University of Technology   find careers in the philanthropy and not for profit sectors, social enterprise, corporate responsibility in the private and public sectors.

Aims and objectives

Upon successfully completing the Master of Social Impact, students will be able to:

  • apply coherent and advanced knowledge of social impact concepts in diverse contexts and applications using critical thinking
  • apply problem solving, design and decision making methodologies to identify and provide innovative solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
  • communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team, and use basic tools and practices of social impact within project work
  • demonstrate professionalism, integrity, ethical conduct, accountability, respect and an awareness of professional practices and cultural norms in a global and sustainable context

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


150 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code 095609C

  • a recognised bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS a minimum of three years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience* or
  • a successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Social Impact ** or
  • completion of the Postgraduate Qualifying Program PLUS a minimum of three years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience * (International applicants only)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    38300 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 38300 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    33600 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33600 AUD per year during 18 months.

Living costs for Melbourne

1501 - 2659 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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