Graduate Diploma of Leadership and Management

Course Code2044
Course duration /
Study mode

Course Duration: Two years part-time. This course is not offered full-time.
Study Mode:  Distance – Units are predominantly offered as Semester-long units.

LocationAvondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Career Opportunities

Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management graduates leave with the skills for potential employment in the following areas:

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Senior Executive and Administrators
  • Company Secretary 



Admission Criteria


To qualify for admission, you must have completed:

  • An Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 7 Bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited university or higher education provider; or
  • An overseas qualification comparable to an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 7 or higher

In exceptional circumstances, you may be admitted based on equivalent qualifications as assessed by the School's Learning and Teaching Committee.


The following are the specific criteria for admission:

  • A resume/CV to demonstrate at least two years of experience in a leadership or management role, including a written summary of your relevant work experience


Applicants with an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 8 qualification (or higher) in a cognate area may be eligible for advanced standing (credit recognition). Refer to the Advanced Standing Policy for more information.


The Graduate Diploma of Leadership and Management is available to domestic and international students outside of Australia. The course is unavailable to international students in Australia on a student visa.


Applicant's who completed their bachelor's degree (or overseas equivalent) in a language other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no sub-band below 6.0.

Course Structure

Course Duration: Two years part-time. The course is not offered full-time.

Study Mode:  Distance – Units are predominantly offered as Semester-long units.

Maximum Time to Complete:   4 years


This is an 8-unit (or 48 Credit Point (CP)) study program consisting of two core units, 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 CPs – 1 unit value)
  • LAMR59300 Independent Project (12 CPs – 2 unit value)

All units are worth 6 credit points each unless otherwise specified.  

Units are offered on a rotational calendar basis each calendar year. Please check with the Course Convenor regarding specific unit availability.

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Avondale University is a self-accrediting Higher Education Provider, and the Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management course is offered within the terms of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). In 2014 Avondale was granted self-accrediting status by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), and in 2021 was granted University status.

Where to get further information

Course Enquiries

Student Administration Services

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: [email protected]
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon


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“Every semester when I’d finish a unit I’d look back and say, 'I’ve learnt so much in that area!' Several times I’ve told my lecturers that I’m grateful for what I’ve learnt and how I’ve changed and grown. That’s the outcome of my study at Avondale. The more I’ve learnt the more I’m in love with the area [of study]. The way they treat you is unique too. You feel that you - the whole you - matter to them and that's unique to Avondale." Dr Homa Freeman, MBA graduate.