Course Details

Course Code SS54
Level Postgraduate
QTAC Code Direct Entry to CHC
Duration 1.5F/3P
Entry Requirements Undergraduate or higher qualification in the Social Sciences or a closely related discipline; English language proficiency requirements apply
Assumed Knowledge N/A
Mode On Campus; External
Credit Points 120
Starting Semesters 1 & 2
Overseas Students Available
CRICOS Code 092838C

General Information

The Master of Social Science Leadership is a three-semester course (full time equivalent) and is available on both a full time and part time basis. The course is designed to facilitate the acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills within specific social sciences professional practice contexts, and to further equip practitioners in social sciences fields to better handle the roles and responsibilities that potential career advancement may bring. It also promotes critical thinking and reflection, theoretical understandings of team and project leadership and other leadership skills, Christian worldview integration and application, and research skills and experience in those who already possess a foundational understanding of the social sciences.

Students will be able to undertake focussed study in a specific social sciences discipline that address four key areas:

        • leadership theory;
        • leadership practice;
        • engagement with current and emerging leadership issues; and
        • reflective practice.

Students will focus on leadership within the social sciences discipline by engaging in learning in core approaches and frameworks that are to be contextually applied via focussed assessment. This learning is designed to enable students to acquire and apply a body of knowledge related to a specialised area of professional practice and be scaffolded towards deeper knowledge and stronger skills.

Students will undertake research-related studies within the Master of Social Science Leadership. This element of the course is designed to enable students to acquire, with appropriate supervision, the skills and knowledge necessary to plan and undertake research and to disseminate findings related to a substantial research project within a specific social sciences discipline.

Finally, the Master of Social Science Leadership is designed to facilitate student knowledge and skills in the area of Christian worldview reflection, integration and application. As a faith-based higher education provider, CHC aims to provide quality educational experiences for Christian professionals in order that they may contribute meaningfully to their professions, and to society more generally, in ways that authentically reflect values and tenets of the Christian faith.

The maximum time allowed for the completion of the Master of Social Science Leadership is 10 years. Extensions beyond this time may be approved where extenuating circumstances exist.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Social Science Leadership (SS31) may articulate into the Master of Social Science Leadership. Students who are enrolled in the Master of Social Science Leadership may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Social Science Leadership (subject to the completion of course rules).

Course Accreditations

The Master of Social Science Leadership is:

        • accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and appears in the list of accredited CHC courses on the National Register of Higher Education Providers.

Career Outcomes

It is expected that graduate employment opportunities would mainly occur in two areas. Firstly, graduates may remain in their current applied social sciences fields but seek further professional advancement and secondly, graduates will gain the credentials for engagement with leadership roles in a broader range of social sciences fields.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide certified documentary evidence that the language of instruction of their undergraduate degree was English or they have satisfactory results in an acceptable English Language Proficiency examination (see table below). Results are to be no more than two years old as at the commencement of the course of study.

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 (at least 6.0 in all subtests)
PTE (Academic) 59 (at least 51 in all subtests)
TOEFL (IBT) 90 (at least 16 in Listening, Reading; 21 in Writing; 18 in Speaking)

Course Structure


The Master of Social Science Leadership consists of core units. CHC provides sample unit outlines for each unit offered in this course. Should you wish to view the latest version of a unit outline, please contact the Course Coordinator via the School of Social Sciences Administration Office at

In planning their courses, students must consult the relevant Courses Handbook for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.

Core units

Unit summary Sample unit outline
SO540    Leadership Theory Download
SO541    Leadership Practice Download
SO542    Leading and Facilitating Strategic Change Download
SO650    Leading Relational Dynamics Download
SO651    Transformative Social Engagement and Christian Worldview Download
SO653    Research Methods Download
SO662    Group Facilitation Download
SO663    Leading Reflective Practice Download
SO693    Research Proposal Download
SO694    Leadership Thesis (30 credit points) Download