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Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies

Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies (GCPS)
CRICOS: 096810E

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • On-campus
  • Toowoomba
  • 0.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, Jul, Nov


  • Have you ever wished you could work full-time and have the opportunity to contribute towards gaining a higher degree qualification? The Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies is specifically designed for people wanting to develop their professional skills in work and gain a graduate qualification.
  • Your prior learning can be used as an entry pathway to this program in the place of a Bachelor degree.
  • Develop your professional practice and career while working. Your day-to-day tasks in work can form part of your study leading to benefits for you and your organisation or community.
  • Focus on a real-world, real-time work-based project, enables you to become a leader in your profession and while making a contribution to your community of practice.
  • Linked to the need for self-directed career development, the program is multi-disciplinary, relevant, and personalised to your work and profession.

Further study

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies will qualify you to apply for:

Career outcomes

  • 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 or community, and to your own development and career.
  • Use this degree to advance further in the public service, become a specialised professional leader in the private sector, and become a thought leader in your profession. 

Entry requirements

  • A 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 and this degree 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.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


USQ offers a number of bachelor degrees for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 4 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

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.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (4 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 15160

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 15160

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2021- Monday 22 February, 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - Monday 12 July, 2021
  • Semester 3, 2021 - Monday 15 November, 2021.

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