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Graduate Diploma in Leadership

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About This Course

Leaders at all levels of responsibility in faith-based organisations, including senior, executive, departmental, and other areas of leadership, are expected to function successfully and appropriately within their professional context. This not only requires a deep understanding of and engagement with their specific context but also the capacity to lead people well by discerning and managing responsible action in the face of complex demands. In order to succeed here, leaders need an advanced understanding of core leadership theories, underpinnings and practices, and how these principles are effectively implemented in their professional context. All of Tabor’s leadership courses involve thoughtful engagement with the richness of the Christian tradition, making them ideally suited for people with responsibility for leading faith-based organisations.

Tabor’s Graduate Diploma in Leadership is designed for people who have some leadership experience, and who are looking to be better equipped for their current role and / or to take the next step on their leadership journey. Building on the foundation laid by the Graduate Certificate in Leadership, students are introduced to the key elements of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking and change management, essential requirements and skills for leading modern organisations. Opportunities for enhanced personal reflection, awareness and formation continue to be a key element of the course, which concludes with a leadership project where students are given the opportunity to design and implement a leadership ‘intervention’ in their professional context. Graduates emerge with increased capacity to lead their teams and organisations in an informed, reflective, and innovative fashion.

Professional Outcomes

Tabor’s Graduate Diploma of Leadership is aimed at mid-level leaders in faith-based organisations and seeks to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to function as successful leaders in their professional context.

The course is designed to provide a sound understanding of leadership theories, ethical responsibilities of leaders, the fundamental principles and practices of self-leadership, and key components in leading teams in innovative ways, all in conversation with the rich tradition of Christian thought. As a result, students who complete the award will have at their disposal an advanced education that enables them to lead as Christians in their context in a more effective and productive manner. Furthermore, students will also develop the ability to critically analyse leadership structures and practices in their organisations with the goal of developing and improving these organisations.

Students who graduate from this award may choose to enrol in a Master of Leadership that will further develop their leadership potential.

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Master of Leadership

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Tabor’s Master of Leadership is particularly designed for senior leaders, who hold significant roles of influence within their organisation. Building on the foundations laid by the Graduate Certificate and Diploma, it deepens individual’s capacity to lead both within and outside of their organization, providing them with the knowledge and skills they need to address significant issues within their organizational context, thus providing their organization with the best opportunity to thrive and grow.
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Course Structure


Subject Totals






  • Leadership: Theories and Praxis
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Meaningful Living
  • Leading People and Teams
  • Self-Leadership
  • Leading Change and Innovation
  • Management Practices for Leaders
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • Elective 3

Electives: Options vary and are subject to availability.

Where can I study?

You can study on-campus, online or a mix of both.

Adelaide – Millswood SA

Offered fully online

How long does it take?

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.

What do I need for entry?


The entry requirement for the Graduate Diploma in Leadership is an undergraduate degree in any field or approved equivalent. Students are also required to have two years relevant work experience in a professional role.

How much does it cost?

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fees and available payment options.

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information

Graduate Certificate in Leadership after 6 months full-time or part-time equivalent.
SATAC: Not applicable

Postgraduate Course


Faculty of Ministry, Theology and Culture
Phone: 1300 482 267