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    Ranked top five in the Australia for Economics by the 2020 QS World Rankings by Subject, you will study one of Australia’s leading economics degrees from world-renowned experts and researchers.

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    Our graduates are highly sought after, with our alumni including leaders in the Reserve Bank, the Treasury and other government departments, international agencies, financial institutions and NGOs.

Overview

Designed for professionals seeking either general or specific economic training for promotion or career change, the Graduate Diploma in Economics provides you with a toolkit to apply to real-life problem solving.

Why study with us?

The Economics degree at Sydney is the preferred professional development qualifications for many employers.

With a combination of industry-relevant training and academic rigour, the course is a benchmark for high-end postgraduate economics training in Australia.

Every effort, ie evening teaching times and lecture recordings, is made to make this program accessible to professionals and part-time students.

Subject areas
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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Economics, students must successfully complete:

  • a minimum of 24 credit points of foundation units of study; and
  • a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Admission requirement

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Economics requires:

  • a bachelor's degree, from the University of Sydney with a minimum 60% average or an equivalent qualification; or
  • completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate with a minimum pass average, or an equivalent qualification.

You can progress from the Graduate Diploma to the Master of Economics, after successful completion of the shorter course with a minimum credit (65%) average.

Career Pathways

Our graduates have held positions in federal and state policy departments and international financial agencies, markets and institutions. Many of our recent graduates have gone on to hold senior positions in Treasury, the Reserve Bank and other policy departments across federal and state governments, as well as in international financial agencies, markets and institutions.

Future study options

You can progress from the Graduate Diploma to the Master of Economics after successful completion of the shorter course. The Master of Economics prepares you for a career in economics, econometrics and finance.

Domestic students

International students

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