Graduate Certificate in Leadership

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership (GradCertLead) is an AQF Level 8 award. It is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in the field of philosophy and religious studies, who wish to pursue a further qualification an area of leadership focus as part of their continuing education for ministry.

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership focuses on building leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church, or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership is not available to international students.

An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership shall hold a three-year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies).


English Proficiency

Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership requires the completion of 36 credit points (4 units) from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

The four units shall include:

  • one compulsory unit (9 cps) – P8155 Foundations of Christian Leadership
  • one core unit (9 cps) taken from the list of approved **Master of Leadership core units
  • two elective units (18 cps) from the 8100 and 9200 series in the SCD Schedule of Units


**Master of Leadership core units
  • C8103 Psychology and Leadership
  • C8160 Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) & Positive Psychology (PP)
  • C8166 Well-being and Resilience for People Helpers
  • E9271 Business and Professional Ethics
  • M9227 Intercultural Communication
  • P8106 Administrative Gifts for Ministry
  • P8108 Financial Management for Ministry
  • P8158 Working in a Ministry Team Setting
  • P8162 Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry
  • P8163 Spiritual Leadership
  • P8172 Practice of Pastoral Supervision
  • P9221 Managing Conflict in Ministry
  • P9222 Change Management for Ministry
  • P9258 Strategic Thinking and Decision Making
  • P9259 Leading the Larger Church
  • P9260 Personal Growth for Leadership
  • P9261 Transformational Leadership in Ministry
  • S8101 Formation in Christian Leadership
  • S8103 Personal Transformation
  • S8161 Spiritual Direction
  • S9262 Leadership and Spiritual Discernment

Graduates will have added particular knowledge and skills in leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector.



Graduates will have:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of leadership particular to the management and governance of a complex religious, non-profit, ministry enterprise;
  • an understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to leadership theory and their application to real-world ministry practice.



Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, evaluate, and apply information to complete a range of activities associated with leadership in a ministry related context;
  • analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective governance, management and operations of a religious, non-profit, community organization;
  • transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well-developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as leaders in religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises;
  • plan and execute a research or field-based project in an area of work-based leadership.

A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Leadership.

Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.


Articulation to other awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma of Leadership, on completion of which students are required to surrender their Graduate Certificate.

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership is not offered to international students on an Australian student visa.


The Graduate Certificate in Leadership is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The registrar will be able to help you with any information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery, and timetable.


A domestic Sydney College of Divinity student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester. SCD offers a wide range of units and students have the option to study one or more units across the colleges delivering SCD awards, whilst enrolled with one college.


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