Master of Leadership

Postgraduate coursework

Extend your understanding and skills in leadership. Learn to drive results while engaging others and discover what it takes to transform an organisation.

Key facts


1 to 2.5 years part-time

Students have the opportunity of fast-tracking the course in one year by completing all units in three consecutive trimesters and all credentials within the first two trimesters of study.


Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Gain the contemporary skills, knowledge and experience needed to be a business leader of tomorrow. Deakin's Master of Leadership gives you a deep understanding of the theories, concepts and issues surrounding leadership. Study at a top 3 business school in Victoria* to combine academic and research-focused study and be recognised for the skills you’ve already developed in your professional career.

Are you an experienced manager looking to upskill in leadership and strategy?

The Master of Leadership is an opportunity for you to hone your skills alongside other senior leaders in strategic roles. You will focus on developing contemporary knowledge, and real experience, to ensure you graduate as a business leader.

Through integration of theoretical investigation and professional practice, you will learn to recognise and harness the capabilities of pivotal leaders. You will also put theory into practice through a workplace-based research project. This unique learning opportunity will require you to identify and define a problem, review relevant literature, design a study method, present findings, interpret results and present conclusions and recommendations with the support of a mentor who is expert in the field.

As a graduate you will be primed for leadership roles in all sectors, including corporate, not-for-profit, government, IT, mining and education.

Delivered via our premium online learning platform, this flexible program is designed for busy professionals who need to balance study with competing demands. You can also customise your course by choosing from a range of microcredentials.

*AFR BOSS Best Business Schools 2023

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Leadership

2024 course information

Deakin code
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9

Course structure

The Master of Leadership requires successful completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module DAI001 Academic Integrity Module plus minimum of 6 credit points of study comprising 4 core units, 2 Professional Practice Credentials, 2 stackable short courses (microcredentials) and a choice of either 2 stackable short courses (microcredentials) OR 2 Professional Practice Credentials.

Core units

  • Leadership Practice with Impact
  • Leadership Research Methods
  • The Deakin Advantage: Leadership and Professional Development
  • Leadership Research Project ^capstone
  • ^This unit is worth 2 credit points.

    Compulsory 0-credit point module

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Core professional practice credentials

    Students must successfully complete the two core Professional Practice credentials.

    Successful attainment of Professional Practice credentials is based on evidence provided from professional practice, hence recognition through authentic learning experiences. The professional practice credentials are linked to the Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes and will be assessed within the context of the leadership discipline. The credentials may be attempted separately or simultaneously and are assessed by an assessment panel that includes both academic and industry representatives.

    Master Core Credential Requirements
    Credentials Minimum Level^* Currency*
    CRADC-G1 Adaptive mindsets (Advanced) Advanced 5 years

    CRDSR-G1 Driving strategic results (Advanced)

    Advanced 5 years

    *Applicants who have not satisfied the level requirement, or who have successfully achieved the credential but not within the required timeframe may be permitted to seek re-credentialling.

    ^There are five levels of Professional Practice credentials, and these are aligned with recognised "exit points" from the education sector, the AQF, work levels and industry frameworks. Advanced level is aligned to the AQF Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma level.

    Course electives

    Plus two stackable short courses (0.5cp microcredentials) from:

    DMC710-AW  Crisis Leadership (0.5cpt)

    MMC705-AW Innovation and Leadership (0.5cpt)

    MMC704-AW Innovation and Organisational Change (0.5cpt)

    MMC715-AW Sustainable Leadership to 2030 (0.5cpt)

    Plus one credit point from two stackable short courses (0.5cp microcredentials)

    DMC709-AW Skill Up to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams (0.5cpt)

    MMC711-AW Digital Transformation Leadership (0.5cpt)


    one credit point from two Professional Practice credentials:

    Professional Practices credentials Minimum level Currency
    CRLDP-G1 Leading and developing people (Advanced) Advanced 5 years
    CREMO-G1 Empowering others (Advanced) Advanced 5 years

    *Applicants who have not satisfied the level requirement, or who have successfully achieved the credential but not within the required timeframe may be permitted to seek re-credentialling.

    ^There are five levels of Professional Practice credentials, and these are aligned with recognised "exit points" from the education sector, the AQF, work levels and industry frameworks. Advanced level is aligned to the AQF Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma level.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Online

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - International students should note that, due to visa regulations, this course can only be undertaken while living outside Australia.

    This course was previously titled: Master of Professional Practice (Leadership)

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Students have the opportunity of fast-tracking the course in one year by completing all units in three consecutive trimesters and all credentials within the first two trimesters of study.

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.


    Successful students typically spend about 150 hours in learning and assessment for each one credit point unit. The time required to prepare evidence for credential assessment varies based on the student’s existing documentation.

    Participation requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Work experience

    This course does not require students to complete compulsory work integrated learning units.

    To complete the Professional Practice Credentials, students will be required to draw on their current and past leadership experience.

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    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in any discipline and at least three' relevant work experience*
    • completion of associated Graduate Certificate of Leadership

    *Work experience must be full-time (or equivalent part-time) senior managerial leadership with a high level of operational and strategic leadership responsibilities.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Non-academic requirements

    You must provide the following with your application:

    • a current CV that clearly demonstrates professional / managerial experience
    • current contact details of two referees who can be contacted concerning your work experience
    • a personal statement outlining your motivation for study and other information that you deem helpful for assessing your application

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you are able to commit to your study.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Fee rate

    Estimated fee rate

    $23,825 to $27,335

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning you have.

    This course includes a combination of tuition fees for five credit points of study and a combination of Professional Practice credentials and stackable short courses (0.5cp microcredentials).

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

    Apply now

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Your time is important, so we provide one-on-one support to make your application and enrolment process as smooth as possible.

    Step 1: Give us a call

    Chat to one of our enrolment advisers before you begin the application process. They’ll provide advice on whether the course is suitable for you. If you decide to apply, they’ll guide you through the process.

    Call an enrolment adviser on 1300 043 524 or request a call back

    We're available (AEST):
    Monday-Thursday: 9am-6pm
    Friday: 9am-5pm

    Step 2: Gather your documents

    Your enrolment adviser will tell you which documents you’ll need to complete your application. This usually includes transcripts and certificates verifying previous studies, as well as evidence of five years’ managerial experience.

    Step 3: Apply online

    After speaking with your enrolment adviser and gathering your documents, you’re ready to start your application.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    The Graduate Certificate of Leadership is an alternative entry option for students wishing to attain a Master of Leadership but have not completed a Bachelor Degree. 

    Students who enrol in a Master Degree may transfer to the associated Graduate Certificate and graduate on completing the requirements for this course.

    Alternative exits


    Career outcomes

    Career opportunities

    Deakin’s Master of Leadership prepares you for leadership positions in fields as diverse as:

    • business
    • education
    • entertainment
    • government
    • health care
    • not-for-profits
    • politics
    • religious organisations
    • retail businesses
    • sports.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin Business School holds both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. These prestigious accreditations are awarded to business schools that meet strict standards of quality, academic and professional excellence, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing improvement and innovation in their courses, ensuring our graduates are employable worldwide.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes
    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of contemporary leadership theory and practices, creating new discipline knowledge through applied research methods
    Communication Demonstrate advanced communication skills through the use of tools, techniques and media to gather data, and engage and inspire others
    Digital literacy Discover, analyse, synthesise and disseminate complex information, data and ideas to stakeholders, strategic partners and professional colleagues using a range of digital technologies and channels
    Critical thinking Systematically and critically analyse and test leadership styles, models and theories to optimise leadership impact within a specific cultural and operational context to drive strategy
    Problem solving Apply advanced problem solving skills to conceptualise, design, construct and advocate for recommended innovative solutions for complex leadership related issues
    Self management Advance personal development and capacity as a leader to proactively drive and take responsibility for strategic results
    Teamwork Work across a range of professions, functions, contexts or teams to optimise collaborative outcomes, to improve strategic outcomes
    Global citizenship Define and reinforce the vision and values that orient collective effort, socially responsibility and ethical decision making