Master of Leadership
Influential, Visionary, Pioneer
Welcome to the Master of Leadership program, which I have the privilege to lead.
The Master of Leadership program draws on Alphacrucis College’s expertise in leadership and record of educating successful leaders. It provides a core of leadership knowledge and professional application, while allowing students to explore areas of specific interest in pastoral, educational and business leadership. The Master of Leadership will produce graduates with in-depth understanding of leadership, integrated with Christian worldview, vocation and community standards. Graduates will be equipped with advanced leadership theory and be able to apply this in practical settings, as well as developing skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication.
More information can be found via the Award Description link above. If you have any further questions about the course, please email AC future students enquiries.
Dr Mulyadi Robin
Program Director, Master of Leadership
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CRICOS Course Code: 084481E
The MLead consists of 12 subjects; 6 core subjects, 5 electives, and 1 capstone research project.
Full-Time: 1.5 Years (4 subjects per semester)
Part-Time: Up to 7 Years (1 - 2 subjects per semester)
Please see the Indicative Fee Schedule for information about the domestic and international fees for this year: https://www.ac.edu.au/documents/fees-and-fee-help-information/
The Master of Leadership qualifies for FEE Help Loan Funding. Consult http://study assist.gov.au/ for eligibility details.
Austudy, Abstudy and Youth Allowance are available for this course. To check your eligibility and to find out more information, please visit the Study Assist website.
Face-to-Face (weekly 3 hour lectures)
Intensive (4-5 days of lectures delivered within a one week period)
Extensive (4-5 days lectures delivered across a term period)
Online Delivery (weekly video/audio lectures provided to be viewed at own convenience)
The core subjects are as follows:
THE401 Christian Worldview
LEA401 Introduction to Leadership
LEA550 Governance, Law and Ethics
LEA535 Organisational Leadership OR LEA404 Leadership Theory and Skills
COM505 Intercultural Communication
EDU570 Planting New Schools
LEA525 Maintaining Christian Identity and Mission
10 cp LEA/EDU 400 level or above
MIN507 Church and Society
MIN508 Church Planting
10 cp BIB/COM/LEA/MIN/THE 400 level or above
LEA525 Maintaining Christian Identity and Mission
LEA545 Social Policy Context for NFP Leadership
10 cp BUS/COM/HRM/LEA/MAN/MKT 400 level or above
LEA511 Creativity and Entrepreneurship
BUS547 Entrepreneurship Business and Mission
10 cp ACC/BUS/COM/HRM/LEA/MAN/MKT 400 level or above
20 cp subjects taken from accredited Level 8 and 9 (400, 500 or 600 level) subjects offered by the College, including subjects not taken from other specialisations.
Note: Students who may have potential to pursue a Higher Degree Research course are recommended to choose RES501 (20 cp)
RES590 Integrative Research Project
MLead with Specialisation: 60 cp core, 30 cp specialisation, 20 cp electives, and 10 cp capstone subject.
MLead without Specialisation: 60 cp core, 50 cp electives, and 10 cp capstone subject.
Course Learning Outcomes
- demonstrated advanced and integrated understanding of key issues and practices within leadership;
- knowledge of scholarship and recent developments in the areas of educational, church or not-for-profit leadership;
- demonstrated understanding of general research principles and methods, and advanced knowledge of specific research approaches used in the selected specialisation;
- demonstrated ability to evaluate, synthesise and critically engage the theoretical knowledge using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline;
- demonstrated ability to analyse and synthesise ideas and theories from other disciplines related to the area of specialisation;
- demonstrated ability to design a research question that explores a complex issue and to provide possible solution(s) to the problem raised;
- demonstrated ability to communicate effectively complex ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences;
- demonstrated ability to critically evaluate new developments of scholarship in the field of leadership;
- demonstrated ability to apply the knowledge and skills developed to develop appropriate evidence based solutions to new situations;
- demonstrated ability to work independently, responsibly and with the level of professionalism expected of a practiced professional with an advanced level of expertise in leadership;
- demonstrated ability to design and implement a major research project in the selected specialisation.
International Students will be required to show proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall, reading 6.5; writing 6.5; speaking 6.5; listening 6.5 (or equivalent).
Academic Entry Requirements
This course requires the completion of at least an Australian Level 7 Bachelor degree awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification). Applicants with Recent Secondary Education are not eligible for direct entry into this course.
At least the completion an Australian Level 7 Bachelor degree awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification).
This course requires the completion of at least an Australian Level 7 Bachelor degree awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification). Applicants with Work and Life Experience may be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate in Leadership as a pathway course.
All applicants must have at least three years relevant work experience in a professional leadership or managerial role. To demonstrate this, applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet the criteria of at least three years leadership or managerial experience. The nature of what is to be considered appropriate leadership/managerial experience for admission to this postgraduate leadership award is outlined in the ‘Professional Entry Criteria policy’ (see http://ac.edu.au/ppm/professional-entry-criteria-policy/).
Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.
Professor Lily Arasaratnam-Smith (faculty profile)
Lily A. Arasaratnam-Smith is the Deputy Vice President Student Affairs at Alphacrucis College. Her primary area of expertise is intercultural communication, particularly intercultural competence and intercultural contact-seeking behaviour. Her first book, Perception and Communication in Intercultural Spaces (University Press of America, 2011), presents "intercultural spaces" as a new framework with which to understand intercultural communication in today's culturally diverse communities. Her recent work is on intercultural competence in higher education. Lily is a Fellow of the International Academy for Intercultural Research. The winner of the 2018 Excellence in Teaching award, Lily teaches in the areas of intercultural communication and research methodology and is the Chair of the Alphacrucis College Academic Board.
Ps Grant Buchanan (faculty profile)
Grant came to Australia to take a position in an ACC church in Melbourne’s SE suburbs primarily as Creative Ministries and Small Groups Pastor. From 2010-2015, he covered a number of part time roles apart from his teaching, including chaplaincy and counselling. He re-joined the Harvest Bible College Staff in 2015 as Dean of Learning and Teaching and is currently the BTh Program director with AC. He is presently completing his PhD at University of Divinity in Melbourne looking at a pneumatological reading of Galatians and how this impacts identity.
As a pastor, counsellor and teacher, Grant continues to engage in pastoral care and counselling helping encourage and equip people for life and ministry. He is active as an itinerant speaker, and though not on staff, is a part of the leadership team of a missional church in Beaconsfield.
When not drinking coffee, talking coffee and thinking coffe, Grant spends time reading, at the gym and time with his wife Trudy, his two boys, Joel and Zac, and friends. Both he and Trudy love exploring the various eating precincts of Melbourne. He enjoys NZ Rugby, AFL and action movies. As a musician for many years his taste varies from Blues through Rock to some forms of Jazz. He loves flying and previously worked as a flying instructor. Travel for love and ministry is high on the agenda, so he and Trudy are looking forward to holidaying and ministering more within Australia and beyond.
Christopher Cat (faculty profile)
Adrian Glamorgan (faculty profile)
Adrian's expertise includes:
Education - facilitator, lecturer, and trainer & teacher and school leadership.
Communication - community radio broadcaster, writer, online creative, public speaker.
Organisational Development - governance (especially NGOs)
In his organisational work, Adrian first and foremost cultivates a board to deeply listen to and appreciate its own circumstances, past, present and future. A board then identifies opportunities ways to foster creativity, transform conflict and align organisational development to achieve productive and ethical goals.
Adrian seeks to live and work according to Quaker principles of simplicity, peace, equality, integrity, community and earth care, listening deeply to people and processes.
Dr Ian Jagelman (faculty profile)
Ian spent fifteen years in public accounting with Price Waterhouse Coopers including stints in Papua New Guinea and Fiji where he set up their tax consulting division.
For 20 years he served as the Senior Pastor of Christian City Church, Lane Cove, an evangelical/Pentecostal church in the northern region of Sydney. A church plant in 1984, it grew to in excess of 1100 active members by December 2002 when the church was restructured to create three autonomous churches at Lane Cove, Ryde and Carlingford.
In the Christian world he is also recognised as having a teaching gift expressed through Truth for Life Ministries, a division of The Jagelman Institute.
Johnny Kumar (faculty profile)
Associate Professor Philip Lee (faculty profile)
Dr U-Wen Low (faculty profile)
U-Wen began theological studies at the University of Divinity in 2007, progressing through to an Honours year in 2013 and subsequently beginning his PhD in 2014, completing it in 2017 and graduating in 2018. He has previously worked as a youth pastor at Melbourne's CityLife Church. He is passionate about seeing students develop and grow in their faith and wisdom through studying the Bible and theology. He is married to Danielle, and enjoys a variety of hobbies including woodturning, cycling, bagpipe playing and reading.
Professor Paul Oslington (faculty profile)
Paul Oslington joined Alphacrucis in January 2013. He held a Chair jointly in the School of Business and School of Theology at Australian Catholic University from 2008-2013, and continues there as an Adjunct Professor. Before that he was Associate Professor of Economics at University of New South Wales, and held visiting positions at University of Oxford in 1999, University of British Columbia and Regent College Vancouver in 2003, and Princeton Theological Seminary and University in 2006/7. His PhD in Economics and Master of Economics/Econometrics with Honours were completed at the University of Sydney, and Bachelor of Divinity through Melbourne College of Divinity.
Dr Mulyadi Robin (faculty profile)
Mulyadi is a senior lecturer in Leadership and Program Director for the Master of Leadership program at Alphacrucis College. Prior to his current appointment, he worked at the Monash Business School, lecturing in leadership and management, and was the Bachelor of Commerce Course-Coordinator for Management Studies. He also previously worked at the Centre for Workplace Leadership (The University of Melbourne). Mulyadi has won a number of awards both as a lecturer and a researcher, and his published work has appeared in outlets such as Journal of Business Ethics, Personnel Review, and The Leadership Quarterly.
While Mulyadi’s research predominantly focuses on servant leadership, he has also researched the dark triad of personality, workplace deviant behaviours, high performance work systems, international students, and the role of faith at work. He is particularly interested in the unintended outcomes of good leadership practices.
A true-blue CIA (Chinese Indonesian living in Australia), he spent most of his formative years in Singapore prior to moving to Melbourne in search of better weather and coffee. He enjoys photography, playing the guitar, tinkering with his cars, and reading psychological thrillers when the time allows.
Dr Jim Twelves (faculty profile)
Jim was principal of three Christian schools, one in Victoria, one in New South Wales and one in Queensland. Concurrent with this chapter he returned to university as a mature student gaining a Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration, Masters of Education and a PhD from Melbourne University. His doctoral research; Putting them in the hands of God: A successful Australian Christian School was published as a book in 2013. Prior to Jim’s emigration to Australia in 1995 he was Head of Geography at Aldenham School, in England for most of his 19½ years there in high school teaching.
Jim is passionate about the spiritual dimension of Christian education, particularly its tangible expression within educational communities but also in the life and calling of the individual Christian teacher. As Director of Twelves Consulting, with a team, he developed a national policy framework for a group of Christian schools and from this platform he joined Alphacrucis College in 2010 to head up the delivery of our first initial teacher education program, the Master of Teaching (Primary), pioneered by Associate Professor Jennie Bickmore-Brand. Since then he has headed up the growing Faculty of Education incorporating Master of Teaching (Secondary) and Bachelor of Education (Primary) until 2017 when the faculty enlarged to incorporate Arts and Social Science under Professor Mark Hutchinson. Jim has pioneered the introduction of the Clinical Teaching Model (CTM) that sees teacher education students placed in schools throughout their studies providing practice based learning under the guidance of their host coach.
Jim is currently responsible for EDU500 Professional Experience; EDU401 Foundations in Christian Learning and Teaching; EDU502 History and Geography; EDU522 The Self-Reflective Educator and RES502 Action Research. He also represents Alphacrucis College on the New South Wales Council of Deans of Education. The NSWCDE is the peak body representing NSW Teacher Education Providers, University Faculties and Schools of Education. The NSWCDE leads the delivery and development of education programs, partnerships and research. It acts as an advocate for pre-service and in-service teacher education.
Ps Jeremy Weetman (faculty profile)
Jeremy has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty-six years following his graduation from Commonwealth Bible College in 1991. He has been involved in most aspects of church life including senior leadership and also been involved at a state and regional level with the ACC. Jeremy has been teaching Bible and ministry subjects since 2011.
Jeremy began his MA (Min) with Harvest Bible College in 2011, and on completion progressed to doctoral studies with a particular interest in sacred space and contemporary spirituality. His interests involve cycling, cooking, reading, and is a self-confessed cricket tragic.
Jeremy is married to Vicki, who is completing a PhD with Griffith University in cultural theory (meaning exciting study dates…), and is dad to four adult children who are amongst his favourite humans to spend time with.
Andrew Youd (faculty profile)
Andrew Youd is married to Nicola, they have a son, named Jesse, and they live in Newcastle NSW with their two dogs and four chickens. Andrew graduated with a BTh from Southern Cross College in 2009, and completed his MaCS with Alphacrucis in 2014. Andrew is an active member of C3 Victory, in Newcastle. Andrew has worked in the Faculty of Theology for seven and a half years as Associate Lecturer of Theology, teaching systematic theology and Christian ethics. Andrew also works with the Faculty of Education as Coordinator of Higher Education in Schools. As part of this role, Andrew is joint regional director of the St Philip's Christian College Teaching School Education Hub. Andrew has a passion for applied theology, whether it be theology for the Church, or Ethics for the individual, and now more recently, Christian Education.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- BUS547 - Entrepreneurship, Business and Mission
Description: This subejct explores the relationship between entrepreneurship, business and mission with the aim of equipping students to function missionally in the business environment in and through their entrepreneurial activity. Entrepreneurship has been largely ignored in economic theory but is extremely popular amongst management thinkers and policy makers, who see it as the route to innovation, job and wealth creation. Protestant Christians have become enamoured with entrepreneurship and business-as-mission for different reasons, connected with evangelism and poverty relief. What is typically lacking in both secular and Christian thinking, is a foundational ontology of either business or entrepreneurship, and in the case of Christian practice, an ability to root any of these in a biblical theology of mission. These are the issues we will explore both critically and constructively together. Unit detail page >>
- BUS560 - Finance
Description: Understanding finance is critical to the long term success of any organisation and the material in this course will give students the understanding to make wise financial decisions. This subject develops the student’s ability to apply tools of investment analysis and gain an in-depth understanding of the time value of money. Students will explore the historical, legal, ethical and theological contexts of accounting and finance, and will learn how to read and interpret financial statements and understand double entry bookkeeping, construct and analyse budgets, calculate present values of cash flows, and critically discuss the distinction between private and social valuation. Unit detail page >>
- BUS585 - Church and Not-for-Profit Law
Description: This subject develops the student’s ability to apply non-profit governance and regulation to contemporary church situations. Students will learn about the current legal framework in which Australian Church and NFP organisations operate and will explore the historical relationship between the Church and NFP organisations and society. Students will also analyse the ethical and theological dimensions of the regulation of churches and church-related NFPs, and assess the major public policy issues behind recent and proposed changes to Australian governing NFP’s law. Unit detail page >>
- BUS590 - Information Systems Management
Description: This subject introduces students to the underlying theories, concepts, assumptions and arguments in information systems management. Students will learn about the foundational role of information systems within an organisation and their emerging strategic role, and will gain advanced research skills by locating and selecting materials using libraries, the web and other sources of information. Unit detail page >>
- COM502 - Organisational Communication
Description: This unit is a study of organisational communications, using a functional model to bridge between major contemporary areas of theorising about organisational communications (e.g. the communicative constitution of organisations, ambidextrous leadership, space and place); and the capability to bring agentive behaviours in this arena. We locate our topics in a dialectic between the disciplinary and specialist themes of Organisational Communications and the emerging challenges and arenas of communications practice in present realities. Unit detail page >>
- COM505 - Intercultural Communication
Description: The world is rapidly changing. It’s hard to keep up with an evolving cultural landscape. Do you understand what’s happening? Do you understand your own worldview? Are you equipped to communicate competently with people from different cultures? Using over twenty years of expertise in intercultural communication, Professor Arasaratnam-Smith tackles these questions and much more in this stimulating and pragmatic subject. Unit detail page >>
- EDU520 - Educational Leadership
Description: TBA Unit detail page >>
- EDU570 - Planting New Schools
- Reflect critically on the ways in which contemporary leadership theory and research, and the strategic need of the sector, informs leadership practices for planting, expansion, and extension of schools;
- Explain the importance of strategically identifying and managing stakeholder skills, inventories, needs and expectations as an educational leader in Christian schools;
- Assess the role of educational policies, procedures, and management information systems for strategically planting, expansion, and extension of schools;
- Formulate and defend a vision for planting and/or extending and/or an expansion of schools, with the appropriate supporting education business plan;
- Critically argue how educational leaders can develop high-performance, innovative, responsive organisational forms of Christian integrity, through serving others while involved in extension and expansion of schools.
- LEA401 - Introduction to Leadership
Description: Why do we need leaders? What do they do? Are they born or made? This unit will help students to find answers to these questions in the light of contemporary leadership theory and a Christian worldview. We will explore theory on leadership skills, traits and behaviours and consider the important question of what makes a leader great or...what would make you a great leader. Unit detail page >>
- LEA402 - Introduction to Leadership (Arrow)
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of contemporary leadership theories and their evolution and the distinction between technical competencies and management competencies
- Demonstrate broad knowledge of organisational theory, dynamics, and design
- Integrate Christian thinking with leadership theory
- Demonstrate a contextual understanding of the research basis of leadership theories
- LEA404 - Leadership Theory and Skills
Description: Can you integrate your faith with cutting-edge leadership that inspire high performance, innovation, and value creation? This unit provides you with an understanding of contemporary theories of leadership and how you can integrate Christian thinking in leadership. This unit also explores how leaders can inspire positive organisational, team, and individual level outcomes, as well as developing sustainable leadership. Unit detail page >>
- LEA501 - Human Resources Management
Description: Human Resources are the key to any organisation, and the efficient and ethical management of these resources will impact an organisation’s success. In this subject students will be introduced to the modern Strategic Human Resource Management framework. Topics covered include work design, human resource planning, recruitment & employee retention, managing performance, staff training and development, and workplace negotiation. After completing this subject, students will have a fir understanding of HRM procedures and be prepared for further studies in the HRM. Unit detail page >>
- LEA520 - Building Teams
Description: This subject will grow your capacity for and knowledge of teamwork. The principles, theories and skills you will learn this semester are applicable in all spheres of teamwork including business and ministry. Unit detail page >>
- LEA530 - Strategic Thinking
Description: Strategic thinkers constantly remind themselves and their team of the purpose of their organisation and ask in the light of this purpose: Where are we now (are we making a difference), where do we want to be and how are we going to get there? In ‘Strategic Thinking and Planning’ we unpack these questions and look at what the Bible as well as contemporary management texts offer to help us in our quest to turn our visions into reality and make a difference. Unit detail page >>
- LEA535 - Organisational Leadership
Description: This subject explores the concept of organisational leadership from its beginnings to the current day approach and behaviour of organisations in the Australian context. The subject covers a number of operational and organisational dimensions including the history and evolution of organisational leadership. We then cover the constructs of leadership, teams, change, conflict, communication, culture, strategy and politics all within the working organisation environment. We will blend theory and commercial application to provide a rounded coverage of the course. Unit detail page >>
- LEA536 - Organisational Leadership (Arrow)
- Exhibit an appreciation of the process whereby organisations form and evolve
- Critically analyse the importance of organisational structures, to empower and provide opportunities for leadership development.
- Identify and distinguish the levels of complexity existing within organisations and their implications in staff selection and development.
- Exhibit an advanced ability to create an effective ‘real team’ of leaders.
- Show an advanced ability to create and modify the beliefs (values), which give rise to an organisations culture.
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the processes involved in leading through change and the obstacles normally encountered within an organisation.
- LEA550 - Governance, Law and Ethics
Description: This subject deals with governance principles and policies for corporations, not-for profit organisations, schools and churches. It considers both the legal aspects of governance and ethical and theological perspectives. Unit detail page >>
- RES401 - Postgraduate Research and Writing
Description: New to higher education studies & it all seems too hard? Worried about writing essay papers? Or where to begin researching? Or you feel confident in writing, but want to learn the skills of evaluating the masses of information we are bombarded with? This unit is for you! It will give you the tools of how to succeed in your postgraduate academic studies. It will examine how you learn, plus challenge you to think deeper, wider and more creatively. It will also encourage you in how to critically evaluate and reflect on information. Unit detail page >>
- RES590 - Integrative Research Project
Description: This course expresses the distinctive mission of Alphacrucis College (AC). It brings together units in business and units in ethics and theology and worldview that you have taken in previous years, laying an intellectual foundation for your future work. It also encourages you to reflect on personal vocation and equips you to sustain a vocation over the long term. Unit detail page >>
- THE401 - Christian Worldview
Description: Do you have questions about God that you have been unable to answer? Do you sometimes wonder whether Christian beliefs about things like the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus make any sense? This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore those beliefs that are foundational to Christianity. It argues that what we believe about God (our theology) has a practical impact upon our life and ethics and, therefore, provides an overview of Christian faith, and reflects on the ways in which this faith informs our everyday life and calling. The topics addressed range from the doctrine of God, creation and sin, to discussion on the person and work of Christ, and the nature of the coming kingdom of God. Unit detail page >>
- THE550 - Theology and Economics
Description: TBA Unit detail page >>