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Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management

Why study with us?

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management (GCLM) provides an opportunity for those in leadership and management positions to further their study in this area within the context of a Christian framework.The GCLM focuses on developing personal leadership and management skills, theory and practice. The course also has a particular focus on not-for-profit organisations.

The Graduate Certificate is also a pathway into the Avondale Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management and the Master of Business Administration program.

Key Information

Study Mode:
Off campus
Lake Macquarie
Part-time: 2 years
Course Code:

Course Details

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management, graduates will be able to:
  • demonstrate insights and perceptions of managerial conduct which integrate theoretical foundations with organisational needs, leadership and management practice in church organisations, professional trends, and factors affecting contemporary management thinking and practice;
  • create a personal professional body of knowledge from a holistic perspective, focussing on attitudes, values and actions applied in a Christian managerial environment;
  • display personal effectiveness and efficiency in leadership and management practice.

To qualify for admission, an applicant must have achieved:

  • An Australian Bachelor’s degree or higher; or
  • an overseas qualification comparable to an Australian Bachelor’s degree or higher.

In exceptional circumstances an applicant may be admitted based on qualifications deemed equivalent as assessed by the Course Convenor in consultation with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

In addition, applicants must have:

  • at least two years’ experience in a leadership or management role, and
  • provided a resume/CV outlining relevant experience.

International Students

This course is available online to international students residing outside Australia. Students must be able to obtain an appropriate visa to visit Australia for the compulsory on-campus intensive study period. The course is not available to international students residing in Australia. For information regarding visas refer to

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through one of the following:

  1. achieving an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no sub-band less than 6.0, or
  2. one of the other ways outlined in Appendix 2 of the Admission Policy (HE), or
  3. documentary evidence of a prior qualification (or at least two years of tertiary study) conducted and assessed in English in a recognised country^ and completed within the last two years.

^Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, or the United States of America.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who have completed prior study may be eligible for advanced standing (credit recognition). Applicants should discuss their eligibility for advanced standing with the Admissions Team or the Course Convenor.

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management consists of 4 units and requires 24 credit points for completion. Every unit has a 6 credit-point value.

The Graduate Certificate consists of one core unit and three elective units.

Core Unit:

  • LAMC50600 Theology, Theory and Practice of Leadership

Discipline-Specific Units: (Choose 3)

  • LAMC51100 Leadership and Organisation
  • LAMC51200 Communication for Leaders
  • LAMC51600 Organisational Processes and Change
  • LAMC51400 Human Resource Management
  • LAMC52400 Managerial and Professional Ethics
  • LAMC52100 Marketing Management
  • LAMC52300 Strategic Planning for Leadership
  • LAMC52600 Accounting for Leaders
  • LAMC52800 Legal and Governance Issues in Management

Units are offered on a rotational basis each year. Contact the Course Convenor regarding specific unit availability.

To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

To view unit information, note the unit code and search for the unit in  Unit Outlines.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be equipped with business management skills and leadership training that can be applied in real-world business situations.

Graduates develop skills for roles such as:

  • Finance Manager
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Advertising Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Director of Operations
  • Church Management

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