Theology and Governance Courses

5 February 2021 by

Below are some of the current post graduate course that bring together theology and governance/leadership:


Graduate Certificate in Catholic Leadership, University of Notre Dame

The Graduate Certificate in Catholic Leadership is a formal course specifically focussed on the impact that Catholic faith and values have on leadership towards the common good. A unique collaboration between our School of Business and our School of Philosophy & Theology, this postgraduate program embraces today’s rapidly-changing global environment while maintaining academic rigour and nourishing the service-oriented mission of Catholic organisations.


Devoted to the practical application of Catholic leadership values, this program will enable you to critically apply your understanding and practice of the Catholic faith to the leadership of organisations. You will also be expected to analyse both the theoretical principles and practical roles of management within a Catholic institution.


Upon graduation, you will be able to apply your learnings on leadership and management practices to service-oriented Catholic organisations. Alternatively, if you wish to continue your studies, you can progress with a Master of Leadership, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education (Leadership & Management) or Master of Arts (Theology).


Program summary

The Graduate Certificate in Catholic Leadership comprises four courses:

  • Catholic Mission & Identity ($2,625)
  • Leadership & Management in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition ($4,125)
  • Leading Change in a Catholic Context ($4,125)
  • Ethical Issues in Professional Life ($2,625) OR Directed Business Project ($4,125)

The course is available online part-time and students are able to complete all four courses in one year if they wish.


Entry requirements

A recognised undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification), plus a minimum of three years’ experience in managerial and/or supervisory roles, or

Sufficient background and/or experience in management/supervision; and the skills necessary to complete postgraduate studies, as determined by the Dean.


More information

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Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture, ACU

Formation for Leading with Mission

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture has been developed in collaboration with industry partners and is designed for leaders of Catholic health, aged care, educational and social service organisations. The course aims to build personal leadership capabilities to enable you to:

  • Articulate and implement the principal features of Catholic mission, identity and culture – in your organisation;
  • Integrate a Catholic perspective into key decision-making to build greater mission effectiveness  across your organisation;
  • Exercise your authentic spiritual leadership role;
  • Interpret key Church documents relating to the leadership of Catholic mission, identity, and organisational culture;
  • Review current practices and policies in relation to the Catholic culture of your organisation.


Run in intensive mode, this unique program will enable busy senior leaders to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge of the distinctive ways in which the Catholic community thinks about and believes in the human person
  • Develop ethical frameworks for mission-critical decision making
  • Consider the social justice implications of our work in Catholic health, social services and education.
  • Enable participants to think deeply about their own leadership style and the context in which they exercise leadership on behalf of the Catholic community


Program Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture is comprised of 4 units, completed in intensive mode over one week, Monday to Friday.

Face-to-face delivery encourages group discussion and knowledge sharing among participants who also undertake work-based projects to ensure learning is integrated into the workplace.

If there are sufficient participants, cohorts may also elect to take part in an International Study Tour to gain broader insight into Catholic spiritual development.


Eligibility and Applications

This is an executive level program for senior decision-makers and aspiring leaders in Catholic organisations. As it is a postgraduate qualification, participants are expected to have a bachelor degree or significant experience in a leadership or management role, preferably within a Catholic organisation.


Study Pathway

While it is highly recommended that students undertake the program in one calendar year, it is possible to complete the program in the following way:

  • 2020: Unit 1 and Unit 3
  • 2021: Unit 2 and Unit 4


Unit 1 provides foundational content and context, and must be taken first. Unit 4 is the capstone unit which provides a synthesis of Units 1 to 3 and must be completed last.

  • Unit 1 – Catholic Ethos and the Care of the Person Dates: 15 – 19 March 2021, Melbourne
  • Unit 2 – Ethics in a faith based context Dates: 24 – 28 May 2021, Brisbane
  • Unit 3 – Catholic Social Thought in Practice Dates: 2 – 6 August 2021, North Sydney
  • Unit 4 – Leading the Mission in Catholic Organisations Dates: 18 – 22 Oct 2021, Melbourne


Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture you may be eligible to receive advanced standing from ACU in the Master of Leadership and the Master of Business Administration.



The per unit fee is $2,400, a total of $9,600 for the four subjects in 2020 and 2021.

A Student Services Fee of $45 per term is also payable per participant, plus the cost of textbooks.


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More information

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Graduate Certificate in Leadership, University of Divinity

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership allows students to focus on the spirituality of organisations and to integrate spirituality, leadership and organisational transformation. Graduates are equipped to meet the challenge of new moral imperatives facing the world.


Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Leadership:

  1. have knowledge of how processes, structures, skills and attitudes impact on organisational development at different stages;
  2. have skills in reflection, research and communication required for effective engagement in organisations;
  3. have engaged with conscious and unconscious processes in self and other, informed by the pedagogy and dynamics of theological and spiritual reflection as applied to groups as well as to individuals;
  4. apply key concepts of organisational behaviour, systems thinking and spirituality to the task of leadership, including processes which facilitate healthy organisational development and transformation.


Colleges where it can be studied

  • Australian Lutheran College
  • Pilgrim Theological College
  • Stirling Theological College


Study mode

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership is one semester full-time or up to three semesters part-time. The course is normally taken as a series of intensive units across one year.

  • Online
  • Blended (combination of Online and Face-to-face)
  • Face-to-face


Cost of study

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership requires completion of 3 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2021 are $2,640 per unit or $7,920 for a full-time semester (3 units).

Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.


Follow on study

Graduates may proceed to the Graduate Diploma in Theology or Master of Theological Studies.


Admission dates

  • Admissions for first semester 2021 close on Friday 12 February 2021.
  • Admissions for second semester 2021 close on Friday 16 July 2021.

Admission criteria

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.


Further information



Introduction to Governance for Mission, Ministry and Work in the Church, BBI-TAITE

Unit overview and content

This unit provides opportunities for students to develop a foundational knowledge and understanding of governance in Catholic Church organisations. Theoretical insights from selected organisational research will be explored for their relevance to the variety of ways in which governance is exercised in the Church’s different contexts and organisational arrangements. In particular it will focus on the relationship between governance, mission, ministry and work.


Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.



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Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.


Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.





More information

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