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Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance 2012

Applications now closed. Please contact us if you'd like to enquire about the 2013 intake.

The Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance (GCQA) offers a comprehensive academic program for the training and professional development of quality assurance professionals.

This one-year, online graduate program has been developed in close consultation with the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and is awarded by the University of Melbourne for professional recognition internationally.

Being a fully online program, it offers maximum flexibility. Participants follow two compulsory modules after which they choose one of two electives. Program staff are international experts in quality assurance and higher education policy and management.

Who should enrol?
The GCQA is designed for professionals working in national quality assurance agencies and those involved in quality assurance and management in the tertiary education context.

Program features

  • Expert perspectives on the issues and challenges for tertiary education systems and institutions, with a particular emphasis on the role of quality assurance in a dynamic sector.
  • Integrated learning via theory, case studies, moderated discussion boards, virtual teamwork, webinars and work-based assignments.
  • A fully online program developed according to current state-of-the-art online teaching, supported by extensive program resources.
  • Scope to choose assignments aligned with personal development and career aspirations.
Participant profile

Since its launch in 2010, the program has attracted participants from 23 countries around the world, including:

  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Kenya
  • Malta
  • Namibia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Portugal
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • The Netherlands
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • United Arab Emirates
  • USA
  • Vanuatu


Participants also worked in various sectors like higher education, government and vocational training.


[The discussion board contributions] offered deep insight on the relevance and impact of different quality standards in diverse contexts around the globe...The GCQA is a highly rewarding program professionally and will significantly influence my career growth.” - Dr Baburajan Panthayil Krishnan, Quality Assurance Coordinator, Higher Technology College, United Arab Emirates and GCQA Alumnus.

The GCQA program has provided me with exposure to various aspects of higher education quality assurance practices across the globe...The practical work we did helped a great deal. I am seeing the rewards of this now as I conduct similar work in my job on a daily basis.” – Emmanuel Duku, Assistant Secretary (Administration) National Accreditation Board, Ghana and GCQA Alumnus.

I found the course very useful in gaining much greater understanding of the policy and regulatory context of QA in higher education, not just in Australia, but in other parts of the world...I was able to use real work issues and explore them in greater depth as part of the assignments for the course.” – Janet Beard, Director (Integrated Administration), The University of Melbourne and GCQA Alumnus.

How to apply

Apply online via University of Melbourne admissions.


UPDATE: Please note that all 2012 scholarship places have now been allocated and are no longer available.

INQAAHE provides six scholarships worth US$ 5,000 each for candidates who satisfy their eligibility criteria. For more information please visit


Fee for the full GCQA program in 2012 is AU$11,680. This fee includes access to all online resources but excludes text books.

Online learning demonstration

If you would like to view a demo of the online learning environment, please complete and return this demonstration access form.


For more information about the program, please contact Associate Professor Leo Goedegebuure at or call +61 3 8344 0756.


About the Melbourne Graduate School of Education

The University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education is the leading school of education in Australia. The Graduate School’s reputation is built on the high quality of its teaching programs, its student-friendly approach to learning and the depth and relevance of its research.



The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) was established in 1991 with only 8 members. Today the total membership exceeds 200 members. The main purpose of the Network is to collect and disseminate information on the current and developing theory and practice in the assessment, improvement and maintenance of quality in higher education. By means of this information-sharing and otherwise, it is intended that the Network should:

  • promote good practices in the maintenance and improvement of quality in higher education
  • facilitate research into the practice of quality management in higher education and its effectiveness
  •   provide advice and expertise to assist the development of new quality assurance agencies; facilitate links between accrediting bodies especially insofar as they operate across national borders
  • assist members in determing the standards of institutions operating across national borders
  • permit better-informed international recognition of qualifications
  • assist in the development and use of credit transfer schemes in order to enhance the mobility of students between institutions within and across national borders
  • enable members to be alert to dubious accrediting practices and organisations.
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