Do you want to start-up a new venture, enhance your own business or commercialise ideas?


The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers experienced professionals and business owners the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge to become an entrepreneurial manager of either a new or established business. You will learn how to deal with uncertainty, manage innovation and improve the business through the application of best practice methods of small business management and new product development.

The course includes an analysis of your own entrepreneurial capacities, the importance of small business, innovation and enterprise to the global economy, applied benchmarking of small business performance using diagnostic assessments, as well as the process of new product development and commercialisation via interactive workshops. The fundamentals of accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation, intellectual property management, and the operations of small business and technology commercialisation are also covered.

This course is a standalone qualification and can also serve as an entry point into the MBA Flexible (subject to students achieving a weighted average mark of 65).

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Course description, features and facilities

The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation consists of four units.

Students complete three core units:

  • Small Business Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Students also complete one of the following two options:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing Principles

UWA Business School
The UWA Business School is one of the premier business schools in the Asia-Pacific region. The School inspires and propels talented students from around the world to become the respected and innovative academic, community and business leaders of tomorrow.

We are one of only seven institutions in Australia to hold international accreditation from both EQUIS, the European Quality Improvement System and AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This ensures our degrees are recognised by employers worldwide, and guarantees the quality of our teaching, research and other operational areas.

Our major corporate partners include ATCO Australia, BHP Billiton, Ernst & Young, Macquarie Group, Mitsubishi Development, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wesfarmers and Woodside. These industry links enable us to provide a richer education for our students, and ensure our programs are relevant and valuable to industry.

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Key to availability of units:
T1 = Trimester 1; T2 = Trimester 2; T3 = Trimester 3; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (18 points):

T2MGMT5601Small Business Management
T1MGMT5608Entrepreneurship and Innovation
T3MKTG5603Management of Technology and Innovation

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

NS, T1, T2, T3ACCT5602Accounting
NS, T1, T2, T3MKTG5550Marketing Principles

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Career opportunities

This course is especially useful for managers and owners of small to medium businesses who wish to acquire skills and knowledge in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Further study opportunities

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and achieve a weighted average mark of 65 per cent may continue into the MBA Flexible, with full credit for completed units.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to all students other than those holding an international student visa.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and at least three years of relevant, documented professional experience; and

(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent; or

(ii) a valid Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of at least 5501; or

(iii) at least two additional years of relevant, documented professional experience considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course;


(b)(i) at least eight years of relevant, documented professional experience considered by UWA (following an interview and assessment process) to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course.

1GMAT scores are valid for five years.

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements.

Please note: Requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

Additional information

Applicants must submit a CV and personal statement along with their application.

These pages are under review and are being updated.

How to apply

This course is available to all students other than those holding an international student visa.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

How to apply

Apply online. Refer below for application dates and access to the Online Application System (OASys).

Please note: the following documents must be submitted along with your application: 

  1. a CV (including two referees); and
  2. a personal statement using the template below.


Refer to the Fee Calculator for up to date course and unit costs.

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Western Australia 6009
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Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time only
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Tri-semester 1, Tri-semester 2, Tri-semester 3
Weekly first year time commitment
The estimated time commitment is 12 hours per week per unit which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Standard full-time completion
1 year
Maximum time to complete
2 years
Contact details: course information
UWA Business School Student Centre
M254, 35 Stirling Highway Crawley WA 6009
(08) 6488 2780
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