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Graduate Certificate of Management


Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Graduate Certificate of Management (GradCertMgt)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent
• Two years full-time equivalent work experience at a managerial/professional level
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Internal, External
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 0.25 years - 0.5 years depending on RPL granted
North Ryde — Term 1
North Ryde — Term 2
North Ryde — Term 3
North Ryde — Term 4
External — Term 1
External — Term 2
External — Term 3
External — Term 4
Hong Kong — Term 1
Hong Kong — Term 2
Hong Kong — Term 3
Hong Kong — Term 4
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 0.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 16
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Marketing Management (4)
Accounting for Management (4)
Strategic Frameworks (4)
Organisational Behaviour (4)


Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 8 Graduate Certificate
CRICOS Code 083755C
Overview and Aims of the Program The aim of the MGSM Graduate Certificate is to provide an inter-disciplinary grounding in management areas such as finance, marketing, organisational behaviour and strategy.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program graduates will:

1. Identify and analyse an organisation’s environments using well developed analytical frameworks to develop considered strategic options to address strategic functional challenges.
2. Communicate, influence and participate effectively in and across diverse teams by critically reflecting on team dynamics and differing cultural rules.
3. Recognise where a distinct frame of reference may result in cultural bias and learn to see value in the diversity of cultural perspectives and understand the impact of different institutional norms on cross cultural business.
4. Recognise and assess the ethical, social and environmental implications of business decisions and develop institutional responses to uphold corporate ethics and community standards and values.
5. Using traditional and non-traditional value frameworks to identify diverse stakeholder needs and measures of success to evaluate organisational outcomes.
Learning and Teaching Methods The program incorporates a variety of learning and teaching methods including formal lectures, group discussions, group projects, online activities, experiential learning and industry-based projects.

Students are exposed to frameworks related to the fundamentals of management and strategy. These frameworks, combined with students' existing experience, form the basis for discussion and collaboration within the interactive environment of the classroom.
Assessment Assessment of student learning and feedback on progress occur through progressive unit assessment tasks (both individual and group assessment is typical). Assessment tasks are aligned with learning outcomes for each unit and targeted graduate capabilities.

All standard, 4 credit point units taught at MGSM are structured to have an average workload of 150 hours, including 40 hours of assessment allocated to a combination of group and individual assessment items, based on the learning outcomes of each unit.

MGSM applies an annual Assurance of Learning Programme (AOL) in which students are assessed on rubrics based on the mission-driven attributes of leadership, global mindset, sustainable value and citizenship. Results are collected, disseminated and analysed, and used to inform unit and curriculum development as part of a continuous improvement process.

Students are assessed on both group and individual work in all core units. Syndicate group assessments are considered an important aspect of the collaborative learning approach taken, reflecting the typical environment encountered within a management career.

Assessment methods include:
o individual assignment
o group assignment and report
o individual essay or report
o critical reflection paper
o individual or group presentation
o case study analysis
o in-class quiz
o research project
o literature review
o client presentation
o final examination.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Qualifications alone will not result in a new job or career advancement, consequentially MGSM offers its students a range of complimentary services to assist them in navigating a successful career path. For instance, students can access expert guidance to achieve their career goals through personal consultations with dedicated career advisors. MGSM offers career coaching to help students' unlock their career potential through increased awareness of their strongest motivators and interests, transferable skills and personal values, leading to career satisfaction and success.

To assure itself that MGSM graduates have good career outcomes, the School measures its success in achieving its students’ job market expectations through formal graduation surveys and the external ranking of its programs. Survey results have consistently demonstrated (between 2011-2014) that around 40% of MGSM's MBA graduates reported either being promoted or having increased responsibility in their employment post-graduation. Further to this, the School has consistently ranked as one of the world's top business schools for student quality for the last decade, as a result, recruiters, employers, management consultants, executive search firms and even members of MGSM's alumni community source talent directly from MGSM.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification. MGSM is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148