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Summary
Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies (GCPS)

Study Mode
  • External
  • On-campus

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 4 units

Duration
  • 0.5 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Illustrate your high level of expertise

The Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies of specifically designed for professionals to develop their skills and gain a postgraduate qualification while maintaining their current employment position.

You will be able to combine your studies with projects and research in your professional field, leading to benefits for both you and your workplace. Professional Studies is a modern way of opening up university learning opportunities and qualifications for busy professionals.

Career opportunities

By completing the Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies you will gain a postgraduate qualification illustrating the high level of expertise you have gained in your profession, make a contribution to your organisation, and to your own development and career.

The Graduate Certificate is also a stepping stone to the Master of Professional Studies degree.

Courses to be studied Units
1 x core course 2
1 x workplace-based project course
2
Total 4
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (4 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 9560

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.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • 3-year bachelor degree from an Australian University or equivalent plus at least 3 years experience in their field of professional practice

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.

Admission pathways

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

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2018 - applications close Friday 23 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 19 November 2018.
  • Semester 1, 2019 - applications close Monday 18 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 25 February 2019.
  • Semester 2, 2019 - applications close Monday 1 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 15 July 2019.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

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