Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 5 locations

0.5 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$11200 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Not available


Being a successful innovator or entrepreneur takes more than just big ideas. This graduate certificate gives you the tools to turn your ideas into business opportunities, whether you’re developing a new start-up, are already a manager interested in innovation, or transitioning out of full-time work into self-employment.

You’ll build the knowledge and skills to commercialise creative ideas and learn about financing, business management and problem-solving to enable you to develop and manage high growth ventures. All our units are embedded with the United Nations sustainable goals and you’ll have the option of completing an elective in marketing or information technology and have the support of Collaborate Plus, ACU’s own business incubator and consultation service.

The Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a pathway into the MBA and Executive MBA or can count towards a specialisation in those degrees.

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Course details

Course structure

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Graduate Certificate - AQF Level 8

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  1. Equivalent of an Australian Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline; OR
  2. At least two years’ full-time experience in a managerial or decision-making role.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

The Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship may be used as a pathway to the Executive MBA and MBA.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$11200 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per year.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


 You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.

Staff Profile

Dr Syed Fazal-e-Hasan

Senior Lecturer, Peter Faber Business School

Syed has over ten years undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience in Australia and overseas. Before joining the Australian Catholic University, Syed worked as a Senior Lecturer, Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Marketing at University of New England, University of Tasmania and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) respectively. Before this, he also worked as a Quantitative Analyst for School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations, QUT. Syed has completed many research and entrepreneurial projects using advanced statistical and project management techniques. Projects contributed to include Devonport Digitalisation, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) and Global Entrepreneurship Monitor projects. With a research interest focused on consumer choices and responses, Syed's research has been published in the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Services Marketing, and Journal of Retail and Consumer Services.

Dr Alexander Campbell

Lecturer, Peter Faber Business School

Dr Campbell is an alumni of Griffith University and the University of Queensland.Alexander is a seasoned marketing and communication professional who has two decades of experience with strong business acumen. He has substantial experience in business management, holding senior positions within organisations that include responsibilities and accountabilities across departments for sales, marketing, finance, production and commercial. Furthermore, Alexander is a marketing lecturer, and early career researcher at ACU, and currently serves as a Director of Product Marketing for a SaaS company.


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