DurationFull-time 6 months, Part-time 1 year
AU$12,480 (2022 total)
DurationFull-time 6 months
AU$16,800 (2022 annual)
Next intakeFebruary, July
Your career in Justice and Criminology
Designed by leading academics and industry professionals, the Graduate Certificate in Justice and Criminology reflects the latest debates, issues and approaches to global, national and local justice activities and processes.
With a strong vocational focus, this certificate provides you with the advanced skills and knowledge to effectively perform as a justice professional in areas including:
- human security
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including:
- face-to-face and online lectures
- problem-based learning
- independent research
- reflective learning techniques.
You'll also meet and study with fellow students and benefit from the support of a dedicated program leader, responsible for coaching and mentoring you through the program.
Your skills and knowledge will be assessed through a range of tasks that may include:
- report and project writing
- class presentations
- group work
- online discussion and other online activities
- case studies
You may be able to undertake internships and field projects, as well as design, implement and evaluate your own projects and simulated activities representing real workplace scenarios.
Workplace learning is a key part of this certificate. Strong links have been established with the justice sectors at federal and Victorian state level and in other states and territories, including:
- courts administration
- legal administration
- juvenile justice
- human services
- the Department of Justice
These industry associations are involved in this certificate's design, development and delivery. This involvement ensures that the curriculum is vocationally relevant, meets the needs of graduate employers and is up-to-date with latest issues.
To successfully complete this graduate certificate, you will undertake four core subjects:
- Criminal Justice Systems
- Foundations of Law
- Introduction to Criminology
- Policy Making OR an elective subject from the Justice discipline*
*offered to mid-year entry students.
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0.5 years full-time or part time equivalent
0.5 years full-time
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Program code: GC195
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Justice and Criminology will be prepared to work as practitioners in a variety of professional environments within the public and criminal justice sectors that include:
- policing and prosecution
- courts management customs and border protection
- youth justice
- justice policy
- law enforcement and policing
- prisons administration
- security management
- community safety.
Alternatively, you may be interested in pursuing further study with the Master of Justice and Criminology.
You must have:
- Successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification), or
- Significant (minimum 5-years) work experience or professional practice.
To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.
You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification).
You may also be considered if you have at least 5 years of work experience or professional practise in a related field.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce your study load by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
2022 indicative fees
- Full-fee places: AU$12,480
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amount quoted is the 2022 total program tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
Looking for answers or more general infomation?
For frequently asked questions or how to find more information regarding applications and enrolments, fees, student support services, university policies and more, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.