Graduate Certificate of Strategic Communication

La Trobe University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 077918F

Level of study: Postgraduate


The evolution of digital media has transformed communication. Print media, direct mail and advertising are the old, and big data, social media and campaigns are the new way of communicating. La Trobe's Graduate Certificate of Strategic Communication gives you the skills to succeed in this rapidly-changing industry.

You'll develop a strong foundation in communication with core subjects in strategy, writing, research, issues and crisis management along with political communication. Our range of electives helps you build the necessary skills to pursue a communication career in areas such as politics, public relations or digital marketing communication.

You'll learn:

Political communication

Discover the vital role communication plays in the government to influence public opinion.

Strategic communication writing

Learn how to write to meet the strategic communication needs of an organisation.

Research applications in strategic communication

Gain an understanding of how research underpins communication campaigns.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8 - Graduate Certificate.


Careers in the strategic communication are projected to grow to 22,000 by 2023.*

Government, not-for profit and community organisations need communication professionals with 21st century skills. Possible career options include:

Communication officer

  • Help prepare marketing material to help promote brands and projects.

Social media manager

  • Create, edit and manage content for social media campaigns on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Social researcher

  • Gather and analyse data on communities to create effective campaigns.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
16,400 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 0.5 years
Full time
City Campus
Level 2, 360 Collins St
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Entry criteria

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

GPA - grade point average (GPA) 60%

WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) 60%

Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent. Applicants to the course require an Australian three-year undergraduate degree, or approved international equivalent, in the humanities and social sciences or cognate discipline.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
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