Graduate Certificate of Business (Professional Communication)
- Semester 1 (February)
- Semester 2 (July)
- Semester 3 (November)
- 4 units
- 0.5 years or part-time equivalent
Program Information Set
Make an impact with clever communication
Think of when an organisation communicated with you in a good way. What impact did that have on you and how did you think of the organisation from then on? Sophisticated public relations programs can deliver really big impact and ensures organisations are remembered in the minds of their customers for years to come. Extend your skills in public relations including corporate communications, community relations, employee relations, financial and investor relations and government relations with USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Business (Professional Communication). While studying the Professional Communication specialisation you will fine-tune your writing skills and explore different PR mediums.
The Graduate Certificate of Business (Professional Communication) will teach you the necessary public relations skills to plan a unique PR campaign, implement communication strategies that make an impact, and evaluate the effectiveness of your ideas.
After completing the Graduate Certificate of Business (Professional Communication), you have the option to take the credit from your studies and go on to complete the Graduate Diploma of Business (Professional Communication) or the Master of Business and Innovation (Professional Communication).
As a communications professional you will be prepared to work in a variety of settings including corporate public relations companies, government organisations, community organisations and many others.
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (4 units) in this program are:
|Domestic full fee paying||AUD 11200|
Loan to help you pay your fees
You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.
You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.
Scholarships and financial assistance
You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.
- Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree in any area, or equivalent.
- A minimum of five years’ professional work experience, or equivalent.
Supporting evidence for admission through work experience only
Evidence of work experience is required to demonstrate equivalence to a Bachelor Degree at AQF level 7 through:
- A curriculum vitae or professional LinkedIn profile which provides details of:
- Organisation name
- Position title
- Start and end dates of employment for each position
- Type of employment (full-time, part-time or casual)
- Key duties, responsibilities and achievements for which you must provide evidence to demonstrate how you meet knowledge, skills and application of skills (PDF 38KB) equivalent to a Bachelor Degree and AQF level 7 as follows:
- Names, position titles and contact details of referees (employers or supervisors) who will be able to verify the nature of your work for the period of 5 years. Referees may be contacted by USQ and should be able to provide details on, but not limited to: communication skills, self-directed work and learning, managing people or client accounts, managerial responsibilities for any major projects and/or financial delegation accountabilities.
English Language Requirements
You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.
A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.
How to apply
To apply for this degree:
Applying directly to USQ:
- Semester 3, 2019 - applications close Friday 29 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.
- Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
- Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 24 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.