Graduate Diploma of Leadership

The Graduate Diploma of Leadership is a nested award in the Master of Leadership, designed to equip professionals with a specialised understanding of leadership, integrating leadership theories with spiritual principles and pragmatic application. This course is overseen by Program Director Duane Van Vuuren.

Course Description

Please refer to the course description for the Master of Leadership. The Master of Leadership award is what you would enrol in, even if you intend to exit early with the Graduate Diploma of Leadership (GDL).

The GDL is part of AC’s Transforming Leadership Program (TLP).  Take your leadership to the next level.


Course Structure

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

  • 4 core subjects (40 credit points)
  • 4 electives (40 credit points)

To qualify for award of the degree of Graduate Diploma of Leadership a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 80 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.

For more information see the Student Handbook.



4 subjects (40 credit points) taken from accredited Level 8 and 9 (400, 500 or 600 level) subjects offered by AC, including subjects not taken from other specialisations.

All Subjects Available

View the full list of subjects for this course.

For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.

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 who have not completed formal higher education study are not eligible for direct entry into this course. These applicants are encouraged to seek admission via the Graduate Certificate in Leadership.

Essential Entry Requirements

In addition to the academic criteria above, applicants seeking entry into the Graduate Diploma of Leadership must demonstrate a minimum of 3 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
  • Businesspeople 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. This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution.


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: 1 year full-time/up to 4 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



  • advanced and integrated understanding of key issues, theoretical concepts and practices within leadership;
  • knowledge of recent developments and scholarship in leadership within the Christian worldview framework;
  • understanding of general leadership principles and methods, and knowledge of specific approaches used in the leadership.


Demonstrated ability to:

  • define and resolve a complex problem or issue using appropriate knowledge, approaches and theories in leadership;
  • use critical, evidence based and innovative thinking skills to analyse and synthesise ideas and theories from other disciplines related to leadership;
  • communicate effectively complex ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences;
  • critically evaluate new developments of scholarship in leadership.

Application of Knowledge and Skills:

Demonstrated ability to:

  • articulate and apply the knowledge and skills developed within leadership to develop appropriate solutions to emerging business challenges;
  • critically evaluate and apply broad conceptual frameworks in leadership;
  • work independently, responsibly and with the level of professionalism expected of an informed practitioner in leadership.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in ministry or church-based organisations; become part of the next generation of leaders of not-for-profit organisations; take up leadership or management positions in school, or various management positions in for-profit businesses.

Alumni Story

“Everything that I have studied has helped, particularly the leadership subjects. They have given me a really strong grounding and foundation for what’s next.”

Rob Waugh
Leadership Graduate & C3 Pastor


Student Services

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

CRICOS Course Code: 0102073