Master of Governance and Leadership
What to expect
How to apply
Position yourself at the leading edge of change in the sphere of governance with a JCU Master of Governance and Leadership.
This unique degree equips graduates to pursue a career within government agencies, the not-for-profit sector, community, corporate and research organisations.
Graduates perform high-level leadership roles, including managing the rapidly changing e-governance environment such as collective intelligence and social networking technologies.
Benefit from JCU’s strong industry connections with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and the Governance Institute of Australia. Build your specialist expertise in governance and leadership in a rural and regional context to make a difference to communities and policy.
Develop innovative methodologies for the management of complex societal issues facing the Tropics. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with local organisations to plan, execute and communicate the results of a real-world research project.
This flexible and innovative degree can be tailored to suit your needs. You will complete an integrated core program and gain theoretical knowledge in law and institutions, entrepreneurship, policy analysis and management economics.
View the handbook for a detailed overview of subjects.
Depending on your chosen career path, you can complete a thesis, customise your degree by choosing four elective subjects, or select one of three majors:
Grow your knowledge and skills to become a mindful global leader of the future. You will complete core subjects that examine strategic decision making and develop your expertise in creating value, managing change, and working within culturally diverse organisations. Choose an elective to complement your chosen career path.
Conflict Management and Resolution
Develop your expertise to become an effective leader in the face of change, uncertainty and conflict. Learn how to constructively manage complex conflict, and work with conflict management systems. Students analyse a diverse range of conflict situations through practical, skills-based learning in subjects such as negotiation, facilitation, cross-cultural conflict resolution, conflict coaching and mediation.
Build your economic analysis toolkit with a focus on environmental and resource economics. Students study core subjects and choose one elective to gain insight into how environmental, resource, and growth decisions impact national and international economic policy.
The Handbook provides detail about the subjects you can study within each major.
Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
Master of Governance and Leadership
Master Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Tropical Environments and Societies
Completion of an AQF 7 bachelor degree with 4 years relevant employment/work experience* or:
Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean of the College of Business, Law and Governance, as equivalent to above.
* Employment/work experience: Applicants must have a minimum four (4) years full time employment/work experience in management, governance or leadership roles.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
A computer (with webcam) and internet access is required
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
36 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Master of Governance and Leadership, graduates will be able to:
LB5234:03 Leading and Managing Organisational Change
LB5525:03 Conflict Analysis
LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World
LB5244:03 Legal Institutions and Governance
PL5002:03 Policy Analysis and Management
LB5243:03 State Society and Governance
LB5235:03 Applied Research Project
Select one of the following options:
OPTION 1 (Research)
RM8101:06 Research Planning in Tropical Environments and Societies
RM8102:06 Research Project in Tropical Environments and Societies
OPTION 2 (Major)
Select a Major from Table A
OPTION 3 (Customised)
Select 12 credit points of Level 5 subjects in consultation with and subject to approval by the course co-ordinator
TABLE A (MAJORS)
Type of major
Credit points in major
12 credit points
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Maximum allowed Pass
Supplementary exam for
A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination/assessment in that subject.
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
Credit may be granted for the following:
* Cognate disciplines: may include specific disciplines such as business, commerce, law and conflict management but may also include any degree where the content is considered relevant to this course.
12 credit points except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then credit may be granted for any subjects, where there is subject equivalence between the awards
Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 14 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
MASTER OF GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP
Inclusion of majors on
Majors will appear on the testamur
Exit with lesser award
Students who successfully complete this course including the research subjects RM8101 and RM8102 (and who produce outputs graded at the equivalent of Distinction or better for these subjects) may be eligible to apply for entry to a PhD, and may be granted credit for all subjects completed under this course providing they have met relevant University standards for entry and met credit guidelines.
Annual Tuition Fee: $27,320 (Estimate only)
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.