Graduate Certificate in Leadership

The Graduate Certificate is a nested award in the Graduate Diploma of Leadership and Master of Leadership, designed to equip professionals with a foundational understanding of leadership, integrating leadership theories with spiritual principles and pragmatic application.

Course Description

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership (GCL) is designed to equip experienced leaders and professionals by integrating cutting-edge research with a Biblical lens and practical applications. The course will equip you with the cognitive, emotional, and behavioural resources to confidently lead your organisation. You will develop 3 key interrelated spheres of leadership: personal growth and discipline, team dynamics and performance, and organisational innovation and growth.

Graduates will be equipped with not only a broad understanding of leadership principles, but also with critical and creative thinking skills which are valuable to any professional context. This award also provides the opportunity for students to explore the implications of their faith within their vocational and professional contexts.

The GCL, part of AC’s Transforming Leadership Program (TLP), also serves as an entry pathway towards the flagship Master of Leadership course, with provision for professional entry for those who wish to pursue studies after being in full-time employment for some time.

Take your leadership to the next level.

Grad Cert Leadership

Course Structure

The course structure is based on one semester (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 40 credit points of core subjects

To qualify for award of the degree of Graduate Certificate in Leadership a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 40 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.

For more information see the Student Handbook.

Admission Criteria


Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with recent high school education only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of a Bachelor degree or higher (or equivalent) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Applicants seeking entry into this course may be eligible for Professional Entry where they can demonstrate a minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience in a managerial or professional leadership role. This may include:

  • Ministers in senior leadership positions;
  • Managers and leaders in non-government organisations which act to further social or cultural outworking of Christian ministry; or
  • Business-people who are fulfilling positions of responsibility including team or industry leadership.

Applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet the above criteria, or equivalent.

Essential Entry Requirements

The Program Director or Head of School may conduct a pre-admission interview with applicants. Bridging courses, such as RES401 Postgraduate Research and Writing, may also be required.

Applicants seeking entry on the basis of higher education study are also required to demonstrate a minimum of three (3) years’ relevant work experience in a managerial or professional leadership role. Applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet the criteria.


Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 (with no score below 6.5 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.

Study Modes

Delivery Mode*: Face-to-Face (Campus class), Online Live (Zoom class), Online Recorded, Intensive (Sydney only)
Locations**: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Online
Duration: 6 months full-time/up to 3 years part-time
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2

* Our study modes are flexible so you can mix-and-match different modes throughout your course to fit your needs. For example, a face-to-face student can choose to attend some classes online or an online student may choose to take some subjects face-to-face.

** Some subjects may only be available in certain study modes each semester. Please check the timetable for the most up-to-date information. Face-to-face classes can be delivered weekly or via intensives, where the subject is delivered in a block over consecutive weekdays and/or weekends. Some subjects must be completed face-to-face to meet professional accreditation requirements.

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, MCU and Professional development dates please see our Timetables.

FEE-HELP is available for eligible students to assist you in financing your studies. For more information and other options, please visit the Financing Your Study page. For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about loans provided by Study Loans, click here.

Course Learning Outcomes



  • integrated understanding of key issues, theoretical concepts and practices within leadership;
  • knowledge of various approaches used in leadership within the Christian worldview framework.


Demonstrated ability to:

  • critically apply knowledge developed for use in leadership;
  • use critical, evidenced based and innovative thinking skills to analyse and synthesise ideas and theories from other disciplines related to leadership;
  • communicate effectively ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences;
  • identify and critically evaluate new developments and scholarship in leadership;

Application of Knowledge and Skills:

Demonstrated ability to:

  • articulate appropriate solutions to emerging business challenges;
  • evaluate broad conceptual frameworks in leadership;
  • critically and independently apply the knowledge and skills required as an informed practitioner in leadership.

Career Opportunities

This award affords you the opportunity to explore the faith implications in your professional context. Graduates may find employment in churches, not-for-profit and mission-focused organisations, community service-orientated positions, and positions that require critical and creative thinking skills.

Alumni Story

“This course provided brilliant overview of leadership with exceptional resources. Far from information only, the program was delivered with wisdom and compassion from proven and trustworthy leaders and punctuated often with heart hitting facts. It appears to me that the highest objective was to shore up authentic relationship in Christ, that the local Church would be strengthened and therefore the Kingdom of God advanced. I remain greatly inspired to continue with learning and application.”

Cathie Fabian
Graduate Certificate in Leadership Graduate


Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

CRICOS Course Code: 084482D