This course is only available to Australian citizens or permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens


  • Choose a multidisciplinary specialisation, which allows you to select from any discipline area to suit your personal requirements.
  • Our scholarships, grants and bursaries are designed to assist your philanthropy studies and enhance your contribution to the nonprofit sector.
  • Opportunities to progress on to the Master of Business.
  • Complete in 2 semesters part-time.
  • Study online from anywhere.
  • Find out more at our upcoming MBA and Postgraduate Business Information Event.
QUT course code BS39
Attendance Part-time
Course duration 6 months full-time
1 year part-time
Start month 2019 February, June
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Online
  • QUT Business School
Course contact QUT Business School
  • CEO Nonprofit Organisation
  • Fundraiser
  • Government Officer
  • Philanthropic Trust Officer


The philanthropy and nonprofit studies area equips students for a career in the management of philanthropic and nonprofit organisations. Students undertaking this study area build skills and knowledge relevant to the specialised Third Sector and core content is framed by the international Nonprofit Academic Centers Council curriculum. The philanthropy and nonprofit studies specialisation in the Graduate Certificate of Business is designed to provide foundation knowledge, research and skills appropriate to the philanthropic and non-profit industry profession.

The Graduate Certificate in Business is an excellent re-introduction to tertiary learning and an opportunity to update skills or, as one-quarter of the Master of Business program, a pathway to higher level study.

Career outcomes

Positions for employment may include:

  • Fundraising Officer/Manager
  • Administration Officer/Manager
  • Relationships Officer/Manager
  • Contract Administrator.

Business advantage

The QUT Business School’s Business Advantage program is a free program offered to all business students. It can help you develop skills through interaction, discussion, cooperation and debate with other students, business, government, education and community leaders. The program includes: guest presentations from inspiring industry, community and university leaders; sessions focused on specific social and professional skills; challenging interaction aimed at developing skills through new experiences; and provides a certificate of completion for students to include in their resume or portfolio. Not only does this program offer you excellent networking opportunities, but also the opportunity to gain highly relevant experiences and skills that you can apply throughout your career.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Graduate Certificate in Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)

Students are required to complete 48 credit points (8 units). The major in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies is only available part-time due to unit offerings.

All course structures

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree in any discipline.

Alternative entry

Applicants without an undergraduate degree who have at least seven years relevant professional experience may apply for entry.

Closing dates

You should submit your application as soon as possible and by no later than the relevant closing date:

  • February start: 31 January
  • June start: 14 June

Should your application be received at QUT after the relevant closing date it will not guaranteed to be processed and may be held for the next available start month.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: $13,700 per course (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all postgraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Graduate Certificate in Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Application for postgraduate course admission form (PDF file, 234.35 KB)


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