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AGSM Graduate Certificate in Leadership

The AGSM Graduate Certificates offer students the opportunity to gain specialist post-graduate business credentials and specialise in contemporary fields including Digital Innovation, Strategic Management, Leadership, and Technology Management.

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AGSM @ UNSW Business School’s Graduate Certificates are a unique part-time qualification that will allow you to develop subject matter expertise within a specialised contemporary field in high demand, including innovation, entrepreneurship and digital technology. Students gain stackable credentials from a globally ranked management school that can be articulated into an MBA degree if you choose to continue your study. 

These flexible programs are facilitated by world-class academics and industry practitioners who create dynamic and interactive learning experiences – whether students choose to study in virtual and/or face-to-face modes. Students are immersed in active learning experiences and exposed to the practical tools and skills needed to not only succeed, but to thrive in today’s accelerated world. 

Who is this degree for?

AGSM offers innovative, experiential, world-class programs designed to equip a new generation of leaders to make an impact in an accelerated world. Providing the flexibility needed to meet the requirements of professional domestic students, with the option to study part-time and online.

The AGSM Graduate Certificate in Leadership is a complete stand-alone qualification and can be undertaken as a pathway to an AGSM Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. It has been designed to develop effective, impactful and successful leadership in today’s complex and changing business climate.  

This program will inspire leaders to imagine new possibilities, formulate and implement strategy, execute deliverables and drive organisational success. Courses are structured to develop innovative leadership mindsets, evolve critical thinking, lead change with purpose, and build a strong expertise for sound decision-making. 

Students will develop a competitive edge in their career by developing the critical and complex thinking and communication skills required to secure a leadership role in a chosen field, profession or industry. Positioned for success, graduates will have the confidence to make effective decisions, lead and manage teams, think strategically, develop negotiation skills, and articulate solutions in a range of business contexts.  

Why choose this qualification?

  • Gain access to a range of AGSM MBA courses drawn from our world ranked MBA programs (Not all MBA elective courses are available in Graduate Certificate program offerings)
  • Choose the study method that suite you – you can switch between online or face to face courses that compliment your current work and fit easily around your family commitments
  • Designed for maximum flexibility and convenience so you can fit in your studies around your busy life – courses are delivered online or face to face in the evenings or weekends 
  • Develop subject matter expertise with a specialist credential in a contemporary area of growing demand. 
  • Learn the practical skills, techniques and knowledge to become a more effective leader
  • Apply learnings immediately to your work, while drawing on your extensive work experience in your course assessments
  • Build a collaborative learning environment and developing valued relationships
  • Develop self-leadership skills to enhance your personal and professional success 

Job prospects

  • Management
  • Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Decision Making
  • Negotiations
  • Managing People
  • Change Management


The AGSM The Graduate Certificates are a part-time program and can be completed anywhere between 8 months to 2 years. Should you choose to continue your studies the certificate can articulate into an MBA degree*.

*Entry into AGSM MBA programs is subject to meeting the AGSM Admissions Criteria.

Mandatory Core course

MBAX9125 Managing People & Organisations

Fundamentals of People Management examines the different ways in which organisations approach the management of their employees. We explore the behaviour of people at work, and the impact this has on others and on the organisation itself. We consider the relationship between people management and the organisation's strategy and locate the management of 'people at work' within various theoretical, philosophical, historical and regulatory contexts.

Elective Courses – choose three 

MBAX6271 Approaches to Change

In this course you will learn some of the major frameworks that help you to understand and manage change. Starting with the change agent, you explore the skills needed and the types of analysis change agents use to decide appropriate courses of action.

You will develop your skills and learn a range of different strategies for influencing individuals, groups and the organisation. Change is also considered from an organisational perspective and you will explore how organisations respond to, resist, initiate and drive change.

Your role in understanding and managing the organisation is examined. By the end of the course you will be able to: Understand the main frameworks that describe personal and organisational change Identify the role you play in initiating and facilitating change Analyse effective and ineffective change interventions Choose appropriate strategies to facilitate personal and organisational change.

This course is a prerequisite for MBAX6274 Systems for Change.

Students who have completed MNGT6371 Managing Change are not permitted to undertake this course.

MBAX6272 Change Skills

You will gain the confidence and self-knowledge to understand which of your current abilities are helpful and which skills you need to acquire or strengthen. The course helps you to develop an action plan around your change skills. Although you work in groups, your competence is assessed individually.

Students who have completed MNGT6372 Managerial Skills, MNGT6370 Foundations of Managerial Skills (FMS) or MNGT6211 The Executive Blueprint are not permitted to undertake this course.

MBAX9101 Project Management

Project management involves the overall planning, control and coordination of a project. It is the process by which the responsibility for all phases is combined within one multidisciplinary function. This course introduces you to the project management skills needed during the lifetime of a project. It explores some key concepts of project management, including project risk management.

MBAX9131 Leadership

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the topic of leadership. It aims to help students to build the confidence, knowledge and skills to engage in effective leadership in a broad range of contexts. It also provides guidance on self-leadership and actively managing the process of growing as a leader.

MBAX9132 Intrapreneurship

For many established businesses, the ability to identify and effectively respond to new opportunities is increasingly central to their success and, indeed, survival. Evidence suggests that innovation in a corporate context can often be difficult. In recent years, however, a growing number of organisations have drawn on approaches and practices more common to small entrepreneurial start-ups to help them identify new market opportunities and how they could respond to these opportunities. This is sometimes called ‘intrapreneurship’.

The aim of this course is to provide students with insights into the intrapreneurship process and to help them develop the skills and knowledge they need to enhance the ability of their organisations to identify new opportunities in the market and respond to them effectively. It does so by giving them hands-on experience of participating in an online corporate challenge.

One of the key aspects to successful intrapreneurship is the ability to work collaboratively across different aspects of the business, often in different locations and parts of the world. For this reason, the corporate challenge is based on group work, where students will work through an online platform to identify and develop a new business opportunity for a corporate partner.

MNGT5374 also courses offered in Full-time MBA

The AGSM Graduate Certificate Programs are highly competitive for entry. You will need to show excellence in your application as well as meeting the following entry requirements. 

There are two pathways into the AGSM Graduate Certificate Programs:

  • A strong undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) and a minimum of 2 years professional or managerial work experience
  • Or at least 6 years professional work experience if you don’t have an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.

If you are applying based on work experience, please ensure your referee reports clearly cover at least 5 out of the last 6 years (sometimes multiple referee reports are necessary to cover 5 years).

All applicants must meet the University's English requirements regardless of nationality or residency. Please refer to the UNSW English Requirements Policy for further information.

Please note: An English waiver based on work experience and residency only applies to the following countries:

American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Gibraltar, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

If you have any further questions, please contact the AGSM MBA Admissions Office by phone +61 2 9931 9490 or by email at admissions@agsm.edu.au


You can apply to the AGSM Graduate Certificate Programs online. Applications are assessed on a session by session basis.

Term
Applications
open
Application
deadline
Classes startClasses finish
Term 1 2021
14 September 2020
16 November 2020
15 February 2021
9 May 2021
Term 2 2021
15 February 2021
12 April 2021
31 May 2021
22 August 2021
Term 3 2021
31 May 2021
26 July 2021
13 September 2021
5 December 2021

Documentation checklist

Before applying you will need to gather the following supporting documentation:

Please see the AGSM MBA (Executive), MBAX and Graduate Certificate Admissions Policy (pdf) for more details on supporting documents and the application process.

* Those applying based on work experience must cover at least the last 5 years of experience. Those with an undergraduate degree must arrange two referee reports however, they do not need to cover the last 5 years.

Apply online

Please refer to the application process for further details on how to apply.

The AGSM MBA Admissions Selection Committee will review your application. We will advise you of the outcome by email within three weeks of your complete application.

Please note there is a non-refundable online application fee of $125 for International applicants.


Our dedicated team of Student Advisors will support you throughout your studies. The Student Experience team is your first point of contact for everything related to your MBA journey. Potential enquiries can relate related to:

  • Progression planning
  • Enrolment queries
  • International study and exchange programs
  • Special consideration

Online classes

AGSM Graduate Certificate students can set the pace and style of their learning and choose to take courses that can be delivered either online or through weekly evening or weekend intensive classes. 

Whether you are completing a class in person or in a virtual environment through the intuitive, communication tool: Moodle, the emphasis will be on sharing knowledge and skills. Online classes do not require facilitators and participants to be online at the same time - it is asynchronous, enabling you to contribute to discussions at a time that best suites you. 

AGSM @ UNSW Business School becomes your 'mobile campus'; take your course materials with you on business trips and continue to participate online. Class facilitators manage the discussion and assess your participation throughout the course.

Class size

For each course, you will attend each course with a cohort of other co-participants and a class facilitator. Group discussions, either online or face-to-face, ensures a sharing of knowledge with fellow students with diverse backgrounds and experience levels, and enable you to connect with the program facilitators. Your class facilitator will lead and guide interaction and participation in the online classroom environment.

Face-to-face classes

Graduate Certificate courses will be available in face-to-face mode at a UNSW campus, with course selection alternating each session. Both class delivery options are based on the same course material content, and students who undertake face-to-face classes will access our online tool Moodle to download their course materials.

Course materials

The course materials are the starting point of your weekly studies. Graduate Certificate course materials are divided into 12 topics, one per each teaching week, and include the core concepts, activities for reflection, set readings, reference lists of further readings and detailed information regarding assessment.

It is expected that all participants will have read the week's unit prior to attending class or participating in online class discussion. Course materials are available in three different formats:

  • A PDF via Moodle 4 weeks prior to the commencement of class (typically in the week enrolments close)
  • Approximately one week before classes commence, course materials are available in separate units and you should expect to receive an email from your facilitator in this period

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Quick facts for students

Program code
7416
Award
Graduate Certificate
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
24
Study Mode
Face to face
Online
Duration
8 months to 2 years, part-time
Commencing terms
Term 1 – February
Term 2 – June
Term 3 – September
Course fee*
AUD$4,980 – AUD$5,400
Program fee (total)*
AUD$19,920 – AUD$21,180
* Fees are indicative only

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