Master of Leadership

CRICOS 107376A

About this course

The Master of Leadership (MLead) is an AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework) award. The course is designed for those possessing a Graduate Certificate in the field of philosophy and studies in religion who wish to pursue a further qualification in an area of leadership focus as part of their continuing education for ministry.

The Master of 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 Master of Leadership is not offered to international students.

An applicant for admission to candidature for the Master of Leadership shall hold an AQF level 8 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 Master of Leadership requires the completion of 72 credit points from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

The eight units (72 credit points) will include:

  • two compulsory units (18 cps):
    If either of the two compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Master of Leadership, they are to be replaced with one or two elective units respectively

    • P8107 Non-Profit Governance for Ministry
    • P8155 Foundations of Christian Leadership
  • three core units (27 cps) from the list of approved *Master of Leadership core units
  • one unit (9 or 18 cps) focused on leadership practice from the **Leadership Practice Units
  • elective units from the 8100 and 9200 series in the SCD Schedule of Units to complete the 72 credit points required for the award.


*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


**Leadership Practice Units
Units focused on leadership practice in the context of a place of work, ministry, or mission through research, self-guided study, or field study.
  • M8128 Engaging in Intercultural Ministry
  • X8194 Fieldwork in [Discipline]
  • X9290 Capstone Unit in [Discipline]
  • X9292 Seminar in [Topic]
  • X9293 Minor Independent Guided Study
  • X9294 Major Independent Guided Study
  • X9295 Action Research Project
  • X9296 Minor Research Project
  • X9297 Major Research Project
  • X9298 Minor Research Essay

Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for further learning in professional practice and research and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in a ministry leadership-related area.



Graduates will have:

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



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

  • analyse critically, reflect on, and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts, and theories associated with leadership in a ministry-related context;
  • implement with discrimination established leadership theories to provide solutions for the effective governance, management, and operations of a religious, non-profit, community organization;
  • interpret and 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 initiative, autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability, and accountability as leaders of religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises;
  • plan and execute a substantial 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 Master of 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.


Exit point

A student can exit with a Graduate Certificate in Leadership (36 credit points).

The Master of Leadership is not offered to international students on an Australian student visa.


The Master of 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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