Online study is only available to off-shore students
- Online: February, May, September
- Townsville: February, May, September
+estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load
Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible
1.5 years full-time
Part-time study available for online students
AQF Level 7 bachelor degree with 4 years relevant work experience; or equivalent
English language requirements
If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.
Enhance your career prospects by learning how leadership principles and governance frameworks can influence individuals, impact communities and direct change. In this Master of Governance and Leadership degree, you will study methodologies for the management of complex social issues, legal institutions and operations in the Australian context, and how leadership techniques and ethics can be applied in diverse settings.
JCU’s Master of Governance and Leadership is designed to empower you to pursue professional development in the areas of management and leadership. You will develop an in-depth understanding of leadership in casual, professional and organisational contexts. Study how governance operates on social, political and national levels and develop a micro and macro view of leadership principles and methods at work.
This governance and leadership degree has eight core subjects that cover key topics such as leading organisational change, conflict analysis, sustainable economics, policy analysis and management, and state governance. In addition to these core subjects, you tailor the degree to support your career goals by choosing one of three options: a small-scale research project; pursuing one of three available majors (listed below); or customising your coursework, an option that must be approved by your course coordinator.
If you choose to undertake a research project, you will plan and conduct independent research on a topic relevant to your field of experience or a field that you want to pursue. You will create a proposal, critical literature review, ethics and methodology outline, and summary of foundational data before conducting the research project. You will be supported by expert lecturers who will give you guidance and advice relevant to your field of research.
Upon completion of the Master of Governance and Leadership, you’ll be ready to take on leadership and management roles across industries. You’ll have strong skills in applying governance and leadership concepts and strategies to real-world settings and issues. Become a leader with the ability to generate and explore creative solutions, work collaboratively and empathetically, navigate challenges, and establish new frameworks of achieving success.
View the handbook for a detailed overview of subjects.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Master of Governance and Leadership.
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.
Position yourself to lead change in the sphere of governance with a JCU Master of Governance and Leadership.
This unique degree equips graduates to pursue a career within corporate government agencies, the not-for-profit sector, community and research organisations.
Graduates perform high-level leadership roles, managing the rapidly changing e-governance environment such as collective intelligence and social networking technologies.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
Master Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Business, Law and Governance
Completion of an AQF level 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:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Master of Governance and Leadership.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
LB5234:03 Leading and Managing Organisational Change
LB5525:03 Conflict Analysis
LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World
LB5244:03 Legal Institutions and Governance
LB5241:03 Leadership Futures
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
|Not all subjects available internally. Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode|
Expected time to complete
1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
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.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD34,960.00
Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Application dates vary between courses, whether they're delivered in semester, trimester or carousel study modes. View our Application due dates page for more information.
Gather the documents you need to apply and submit an application via JCU's online application portal.
Associate Professor Josephine Pryce
This program connects students with experts in the classroom and leaders from industry. Through small classes, collaboration with peers, and opportunities for immersion in practical, experiential learning, this program prepares students to become mindful business leaders who are focused on improving the public good