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Graduate Diploma of Leadership and Management

Why study with us?

The Graduate Diploma of Leadership and Management (GDLM) course provides an opportunity for those in leadership and management positions to further their study in this area with the context of a Christian framework. The challenge of leadership and management in various types of organisations has become more demanding and complex.

Adapting to rapidly changing business environments calls for a more sophisticated set of skills and abilities from leaders and managers. All organisations, including faith-based and not-for-profit, require effective leadership informed by the social sciences and a developing body of knowledge, concerning management, leadership, and organisations.

The GDLM focusses on providing advanced training in management theory and practice, emphasising the ethical, moral, and faith-based values of leadership and management.

The Graduate Diploma is also a pathway into the Avondale Master of Business Administration program.

Key Information

Study Mode:
Off campus, Mixed mode
Avondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
Full-time: 1 years, Part-time: Equivalent years
Course Code:

Course Details

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of 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;
  • explore and apply a systematic approach to the study of leadership and management in a church context and review management literature; develop a maturing recognition of the relevance and values of well reasoned literature, in the advancement of sound academic based practice;
  • investigate and critically analyse the nature, the scientific, behavioural, administrative and quantitative foundation of leadership and management related topics, and apply relevant concepts to the practice of effective and efficient leadership and management in the workplace;
  • apply and practice specific management activities through a critical analysis of professional practices, standards and current organisational and societal needs.

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 Diploma in Leadership and Management consists of 8 units and requires 48 credit points for completion. Every unit has a 6 credit-point value unless otherwise stated.

The Graduate Diploma consists of two core units, at least four discipline-specific units, and an independent project.

Core Units:

  • LAMC50600 The Theology, Theory and Practice of Leadership
  • LAMC50000 Introduction to Research

Discipline-Specific Units:

Students must select 4 or 5 units from the list below:

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

Independent Project:

  • LAMR59200 Independent Project (6 credit points), OR
  • LAMR59300 Independent Project (12 credit points

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

Our Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management 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:

  • Senior Executives and Administrators
  • Company Secretary
  • Finance Manager
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Advertising Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Director of Operations

Graduates can also enter the Avondale Master of Business Administration program with credit for the eight completed units.

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