About Concurrent Graduate Certificates

Learn what a concurrent graduate certificate is and how it will impact your master’s degree.

A concurrent graduate certificate:

  • Is a graduate-level qualification that enables you to develop knowledge in an area outside of your main field of study and enhance your employability options
  • Consists of 50 credit points and usually involves an additional six months of full-time study
  • Is undertaken at the same time as your master’s degree. If you complete a concurrent certificate, you will graduate with two separate qualifications: your master’s degree and your graduate certificate.

Graduation from either the certificate or masters will not be possible until both courses have been successfully completed.

  • When to apply

    If you are interested in undertaking a concurrent graduate certificate, seek advice from Stop 1 as soon as possible – especially if you are a student visa holder. Planning early helps to maximise your subject choices and increases your chances of completing your degree and certificate at the same time.

    Application dates

    For upcoming application opening and closing dates, see complete your application.

  • Important information for international students

    As an international student, please be aware that Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) extensions cannot be granted to cover a concurrent graduate certificate. All international students will need to demonstrate that they can complete the concurrent graduate certificate within their main degree full-time duration. This will involve careful planning and may require enrolment in Summer and Winter terms. International students who are offshore and not holding a current student visa will still be held to this requirement.

    You must enrol in at least one subject from your main degree (for example, the Master of International Business) each semester, because your CoE and student visa are attached to this degree.

    You must always be enrolled in a full-time study load (usually 50 points per semester) unless a Reduced Study Load is approved.

  • Cross-crediting subjects

    If you are admitted to a graduate program, you may be able to cross-credit some of your subjects. Cross-crediting enables you to credit a subject toward your graduate degree (e.g., Master of Management) and your concurrent certificate simultaneously.

    When a subject is cross-credited:

    • It counts toward the points requirements for each course
    • It is listed under both your master’s degree and your graduate certificate on your academic transcript
    • The numeric marks obtained for the cross-credited subject/s (e.g., 74%) will count toward the separate Weighted Average Mark (WAM) for each course. For example: if you cross-credit MGMT90208 Sustainable Business Practicesfrom your degree to your certificate, the mark for MGMT90208 Sustainable Business Practiceswill contribute to your degree WAM and to your certificate WAM.


    Students must submit an Enrolment Variation Form at the end of each study period when they have passed the subjects that you would like to cross-credit (you cannot cross-credit subjects that you have failed or subjects with pending results).

  • Overloading

    The same rules regarding overloading in your main degree must still be adhered to when overloading in your concurrent certificate. If you intend to study more than 50 points in a semester, regardless of whether it is in your main degree or certificate, you must still apply to overload via the Enrolment Variation Form.