AC: Alphacrucis College

Master of Leadership

The Master of Leadership (MLead) explores issues of integrity and skill building, equipping you to move beyond success to effective sustainable leadership. From Senior Leaders to those new in leadership roles, the content and methodology gives immediate take home value.

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Message from the Program Director...

Welcome to the Master of Leadership program, which I have the privilege to lead.

Previous degrees at AC have combined biblical and theological studies with the opportunity to undertake leadership courses or do a leadership major. The MLead is a program specifically designed to focus on the needs and skills of leaders.

More information can be found via the Award Description link above. If you have any further questions about the course, please email AC future students enquiries.


Dr Ian Jagelman
ACA, M.Div, D.Min

Program Director


The Master of Leadership program draws on Alphacrucis College’s expertise in leadership and record of educating successful leaders. It provides a core of leadership knowledge and professional application, while allowing students to explore areas of specific interest in pastoral, educational and business leadership. The purpose of this Level 9 Masters coursework program is to provide an advanced body of knowledge and professional application for graduates in a variety of contexts in the key area of leadership.

The Master of Leadership will produce graduates with in-depth understanding of leadership, integrated with Christian worldview, vocation and community standards. Graduates will be equipped with advanced leadership theory and be able to apply this in practical settings, as well as developing skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication. It will also prepare students for further study through a structured program of independent research culminating in the integrative research project.

The MLead consists of 12 subjects; 6 core subjects, 5 electives, and 1 capstone research project.

The core subjects are as follows:

  • THE401 Christian Worldview
  • LEA401 Introduction to Leadership
  • BUS560 Finance
  • COM505 Intercultural Communication

2 subjects to be chosen from:

  • LEA550 Governance, Law, Ethics
  • LEA535 Organisational Leadership
  • LEA404 Leadership Theory and Skills

The MLead can be completed in 1.5 years of full-time study or 3 years of part-time study (maximum candidacy 7 years).

Dr Ian Jagelman (faculty profile)

Ian spent fifteen years in public accounting with Price Waterhouse Coopers including stints in Papua New Guinea and Fiji where he set up their tax consulting division.

For 20 years he served as the Senior Pastor of Christian City Church, Lane Cove, an evangelical/Pentecostal church in the northern region of Sydney.  A church plant in 1984, it grew to in excess of 1100 active members by December 2002 when the church was restructured to create three autonomous churches at Lane Cove, Ryde and Carlingford.

In the Christian world he is also recognised as having a teaching gift expressed through Truth for Life Ministries, a division of The Jagelman Institute.

Mr Johnny Kumar (faculty profile)

Dr. Philip Lee (faculty profile)

Andrew Mellor (faculty profile)

Professor Paul Oslington (faculty profile)

Paul Oslington joined Alphacrucis in January 2013.  He held a Chair jointly in the School of Business and School of Theology at Australian Catholic University from 2008-2013, and continues there as an Adjunct Professor. Before that he was Associate Professor of Economics at University of New South Wales, and held visiting positions at University of Oxford in 1999, University of British Columbia and Regent College Vancouver in 2003, and Princeton Theological Seminary and University in 2006/7. His PhD in Economics and Master of Economics/Econometrics with Honours were completed at the University of Sydney, and Bachelor of Divinity through Melbourne College of Divinity.

Dr Jim Twelves (faculty profile)

As the Dean Education and Program Director, Master of Teaching (Primary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary) Jim is responsible for the leadership, development and oversight of this exciting new faculty that was pioneered by Dr Jennie Bickmore-Brand.  Jim is currently responsible for EDU500 Professional Experience; EDU401 Foundations in Christian Learning and Teaching; EDU502 History and Geography; EDU522 The Self-Reflective Educator and RES502 Action Research. Prior to Jim’s emigration to Australia in 1995 he was Head of Geography in Aldenham School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom for nearly 20 years where his passion for learning and teaching were formed. Since arriving in Australia he has held Deputy and Principalship roles in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. As Director of Twelves Consulting, with a team, he developed national policy frameworks for Christian schools. Jim also returned to university as a mature student gaining a Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration, Masters of Education and a PhD from Melbourne University.  His doctoral research; Putting them in the hands of God: A successful Australian Christian School was published as a book in 2013. Follow the link to read the full text.

Mr Andrew Youd (faculty profile)

Andrew Youd is married to Nicola, and they both live with their dog in the north western suburbs of Sydney. Andrew graduated with a BTh through Southern Cross College in 2009. He has just recently finished his MaCS and will be graduating May 2014. Andrew is an active member of Hillsong Church, serving with his wife at the Macquarie extension service. Andrew works with Dr. Shane Clifton in the Faculty of Theology. 

Entry Requirements


International students category are required to have attained an International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of 7.0, with a score of not less than 6.5 in any band, or equivalent.

Academic Entry Requirements

Completion of a AQF Level 7 bachelors degree or completion of a AQF Level 8 or above postgraduate qualification.

Professional Entry Requirements

In addition to the above, applicants must have at least three years relevant work experience in a professional leadership or managerial role. To demonstrate this, applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet the criteria of at least three years leadership or managerial experience. The nature of what is to be considered appropriate leadership/managerial experience for admission to this postgraduate leadership award is outlined in the ‘Professional Entry Criteria policy’ (see


Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.

Units offered as part of this Award:

BUS547 - Entrepreneurship, Business and Mission


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Exhibit an indepth understanding of the concept of the entrepreneur, its history and contemporary role.
  • Analyse the concept of business as mission, and its relationship to theologies of mission.
  • Illustrate an advanced ability to formulate a viable plan for a business in a mission setting.
  • Identify and distinguish the skills required to carry out this or a similar plan.
  • Evaluate the beliefs (values), which give rise to business as mission.
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BUS560 - Finance


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the historical, legal, ethical and theological contexts of accounting and finance.
  • Show an ability to read and interpret financial statements and understand double entry bookkeeping.
  • Demonstrate an ability to construct and analyse budgets.
  • Critically discuss the distinction between private and social valuation.
  • Demonstrate an indepth understanding of the time value of money and ability to calculate present values of cash flows.
  • Show an ability to apply the tools of investment analysis, including net present value and internal rate of return.
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BUS585 - Church and Not-for-Profit Law


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the current legal framework in which Australian Church and NFP organisations operate.
  • Evaluate the historical relationship between the Church and NFP organisations and society.
  • Analyse the ethical and theological dimensions of the regulation of churches and church-related NFPs.
  • Assess the major public policy issues behind recent and proposed changes to Australian governing NFP’s law.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply non-profit governance and/or regulation to contemporary church situations.
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BUS590 - Information Systems Management


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the foundational role of information systems within an organisation, and their emerging strategic role.
  • Select and apply the appropriate concepts to real-life IS cases in order to solve problems and/or identify new opportunities.
  • Communicate information system management issues in written and presentation materials.
  • Demonstrate advanced research skills by locating and selecting materials using libraries, the web and other sources of information.
  • Critically evaluate the underlying theories, concepts, assumptions and arguments in information systems management.
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EDU520 - Educational Leadership


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the biblical and theological foundations for a Christian educational leadership.
  • Critically analyse assessment and reporting data to inform instructional design decisions.
  • Design a School Improvement and Staff Appraisal Plan.
  • Critically analyse various leadership models in the light of divergent philosophies of Christian Education.
  • Identify and apply the transformational servant leadership conceptual framework underpinning this subject.
  • Integrate leadership principles with organisational development and succession planning.
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LEA401 - Introduction to Leadership


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Critically analyse the importance of past and present trends in leadership training.
  • Describe the distinction between leadership roles and technical or ministry tasks.
  • Explain the historical development of leadership theories in the not-for-profit sector (including churches).
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of understanding and performance as a leader.
  • Discuss how intrapersonal reflection can contribute to greater long-term effectiveness – including an understanding as to how leaders learn.
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LEA404 - Leadership Theory and Skills

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LEA501 - Human Resources Management


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an indepth understanding of the legal context of human resources management.
  • Summarise the ethical and theological issues involved in human resources management.
  • Explain the techniques of recruitment, remuneration, training and separation of employees, and  a capacity to apply these techniques in particular organisations.
  • Describe the issues involved in the management of volunteers and teams.
  • Identify the distinctive human resources issues faced by not-for profit and church organisations.
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LEA530 - Strategic Thinking


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of organisational purpose and vision.
  • Show an advanced ability to complete a comprehensive situational analysis that assists an organisation to formulate its key strategic challenges.
  • Identify key factors in design innovation and change.
  • Identify key skills required in managing organisational change.
  • Compare and contrast  analytical, creative and design thinking (and what to apply when).
  • Discuss the limitations of planning.
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LEA535 - Organisational Leadership


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe the process whereby organisations form and evolve over time.
  • Critically analyse the importance of organisational structures, which are possible, to empower and provide opportunities for leadership development.
  • Identify and distinguish the levels of complexity existing within organisations and their implications in staff selection and development.
  • Create an effective ‘real team’ of leaders.
  • Illustrate an advanced abilityto create and modify the beliefs (values), which give rise to an organisations culture.
  • Explain the processes involved in leading through change and the obstacles normally encountered within an organisation.
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LEA550 - Governance, Law and Ethics


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the historical, legal, ethical and theological contexts of governance.
  • Critically evaluate governance arrangements in organisations.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the role of boards, and knowledge to function effectively as a board member, to work with boards, and to develop and evaluate boards.
  • Assess current policy debates about governance, especially in relation to not-for-profit organisations, schools and churches.
  • Contrast various models of governance, and critique governance structures and processes.
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RES401 - Postgraduate Research and Writing


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse, synthesise, and critically engage with literature.
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of academic writing as a genre and the process of research.
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of methodologies, and underlying assumptions of different methods.
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RES590 - Integrative Research Project


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Critically analyse and defend a view of the integration of business with ethics theology and worldview.
  • Compare and contrast alternate views about worldview and integration.
  • Create a personal vocation plan.
  • Indentify the personal and communal disciplines necessary to sustain their vocation.
  • Apply skills in historical, theoretical and empirical research.
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THE401 - Christian Worldview


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe the sources used to inform a Christian worldview and apply consistent method in arriving at theological conclusions.
  • Examine alternate perspectives, and identify complementary and contradictory conclusions and arguments.
  • Identify central elements of a Christian worldview and show how these are impact individual spirituality and inform the life and mission of the church.
  • Give a critical account of the historical formation of Christian doctrines of God, creation and redemption and analyse contemporary formulations.
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THE550 - Theology and Economics


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Analyse the history of the relationship between Christian theology and economics.
  • Identify the issues involved in interdisciplinary scholarship.
  • Apply economic and theological analysis to a range of important contemporary issues, demonstrating an understanding of relationship between these two types of analysis.
  • Describe the place of economics in contemporary culture.
  • Compare and contrast various models on economic theory.
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