AQF Level 8 Award

GradCertGov&Strategy builds capacity for people in non-profit and community-focused enterprises

Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy

The Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy (GradCertGov&Strategy) is an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate. It focuses on building capacity for people involved in a wide scope of non-profit, community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for professional development.

The Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy  is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in any field who wish to acquire transferable knowledge and skills in governance and strategy as part of their continuing professional development for employment and further learning.


Credit Points



6 months full-time or 2 years part-time

Fee Information

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Study Terms

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Award Specifications

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An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy shall:

  • hold a three year AQF 7 award in any field from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
  • professional entry as determined by the Student Support and Administration Committee (SSAC).

Professional entry

This short award is designed for professional development where the student may acquire transferable knowledge and skills over a reasonably short period of time. On this basis, professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy will be considered by SSAC on the basis of three years’ experience in a ministry or professional role. The candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have led people or projects even though their role may not have been senior in their organisation.

English Proficiency         

Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.


The Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy requires the completion of 36 credit points from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study. The units shall be any combination of units totalling 36 credit points from the below list of approved Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy units.

  • These are 9 credit point options:
    • P8562 Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry (9 cps)
    • P8581 Administrative Gifts for Ministry (9 cps)
    • P8584 Non-Profit Governance for Ministry (9 cps)
    • P8597 Seminar in Governance (9 cps)
    • P9663 Strategic Thinking and Decision Making (9 cps)
  • P9668 Governance and Strategy Project (normally to be undertaken after two foundational units)
  • P9669 Governance and Strategy Focused Study (normally to be undertaken after two foundational units)
  • Or other units determined from time to time by the Sydney College of Divinity Academic Board

Graduates will have added particular transferable knowledge and skills in Governance and Strategy to enhance their work in the not-for-profit community sector:


Graduates will possess:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of Governance and Strategy which are transferable to a variety of complex religious, not-for-profit, community enterprises;
  • an understanding of the principles and methods of inquiry transferable to different contexts within real-world community practice.


Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in organisational governance and strategy within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, evaluate, and apply information to complete a range of activities associated with good governance and effective strategy in an organisational context;
  • analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the strategic direction and organisational governance within a religious, not-for-profit, community organisation;
  • transmit transferable knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained organisational governance and strategic intent to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply transferable knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as strategic leaders in religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises.

Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

  • A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy.
  • Credit may be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.
  • Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.

Articulation to Other Awards

Students who satisfactorily complete this award will be eligible to articulate with full credit to the SCD Graduate Diploma of Arts or other SCD Graduate awards, provided that they meet the entry requirements of that award.

The Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The registrar will be able to help you with any information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery and timetable.

A domestic Sydney College of Divinity student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

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