ECU students on campus.

Edith Cowan University is a suburban Perth university. It has a significant and growing presence in distance learning.

  • ECU has a reputation for quality teaching.
  • The university is also known for producing job-ready graduates in vocational fields such as nursing and teaching.

ECU has been innovative in distance education and is the leading online university in Western Australia. It offers a good selection of online courses, with strong business, education, law and social-welfare programs.


ECU’s business school is one of the largest in Western Australia. The university’s online business courses are designed to produce graduates with applied skills. Major study areas include:

  • accounting, finance
  • business administration and management
  • event, hotel, tourism, hospitality and sports management
  • international business and marketing
  • planning and project management.

Healthcare Studies

ECU offers an online Master of Healthcare Studies course for registered nurses, midwives and other health professionals. You can build your clinical and professional skills through a structured, work-integrated learning program. Students do projects within their own workplace setting to develop job-relevant skills.

Law and Criminal Justice

Edith Cowan University has Australia’s top law school according to graduate satisfaction ratings.

  • The Bachelor of Law course is law focused, with students able to build a program comprised only of legal subjects if they wish.
  • But there is also the option of doing a combined degree that blends law with arts, business, criminology and justice, or psychological science.
  • When studying law online, you have access to on-campus facilities as well as interactive learning spaces, recorded lectures and online discussion groups.

Psychology and Social Science

ECU offers diverse and nationally-recognised online courses in the areas of psychology, counselling, and social work.

  • Online learners can study Psychology as part of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The 3-year program is available fully online while an honours year can be completed by mixed-mode study.
  • A 3-year Bachelor of Counselling degree provides the academic foundations for being a counsellor.
  • ECU’s Bachelor of Social Work course is based in Bunbury, Western Australia. Students who elect to study in off-campus mode are required to attend on-campus activities for a minimum of 5 days per semester.
  • If you are a qualified social worker, you can extend your professional development with a Master of Social Work degree. The 1.5-year Advanced Practice program is fully online.

Teacher Education

ECU’s online education program is well connected to schools in Western Australia.

  • The Bachelor of Education degree can be completed with a major in Early Child Studies, or Primary Education. The qualifications enable graduates to teach in Australian primary schools (up to year 3 for Early Childhood Studies).
  • ECU has a 1-year Master of Education program for teachers and other education professionals to do advanced coursework. Specialisations include: behaviour management, leadership, learning difficulties, literacy, special education, and teaching English to speakers of other languages.