Graduate Diploma of Leading Organisational Change - CM35

As organisations face unprecedented change in their operating environments and markets, the demand for skilled and influential change leaders is growing. CQUniversity's Graduate Diploma of Leading Organisation Change will build your competencies in innovation and sustainable business development, leadership and integrity, organisational change management, operations management, and business analytics, and prepare you to create innovative, change-ready organisations able to thrive and maximise performance. In this course, you will develop an understanding of perspectives, frameworks and models relevant to influential leadership and change management, while expanding your ability to recommend practical innovation systems and programs for organisations to improve the long-term sustainability of an organisation.

Studied part-time, this course is ideal for current and aspiring managers with a completed bachelor degree. This course also serves as an entry pathway to CQUniversity's Master of Business Management which will advance your management career.






1 years full-time, 2 years part-time





The Graduate Diploma of Leading Organisational Change provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a successful career as a manager in the volatile contemporary business world. Career opportunities are abundant as organisations around the world deal with rapidly changing environments, and this course is specifically designed to suit individuals who are planning to work, or are already working, as managers.

During the course, you will study a blend of management and change leadership units. Management units cover topics in effective business communications, managing human resources, and management. Your remaining four units will provide you with an understanding of organisational change from multiple frames and perspectives and develop diagnostic and prescriptive skills in relation to the management of organisational change. You will study operations management and business analytics and explore the contemporary principles and practices involved in the management of both service and manufacturing operations and how to utilise data from a variety of organisational sources to develop mathematical models as part of the analytical process to inform operational decisions. Your final two units explore leadership and integrity in facilitating organisational effectiveness and identify the key competencies required of leaders to influence stakeholders. 

Throughout your course, you will benefit from opportunities to engage with research and undertake reflective practice to contextualise and consolidate your learning. 

Designed for current professionals, enjoy the flexibility to study part-time, online and access recorded lectures at a time convenient to you.

Upon completion of the first four units, you will be eligible to satisfy the interim or exit award of the Graduate Certificate of Management, or upon completion of the Graduate Diploma of Leading Organisational Change, you will be eligible to pathway into the Master of Business Management with credit for eight units.

Core Units 8 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

You are required to complete 8 core units.

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

CQUniversity’s suite of postgraduate management degrees provides you with the versatility to study a course that is aligned to your learning needs. If you are a business professional seeking a qualification to support your experience or you are seeking career advancement, then one of our study options will be a strong fit with your management and leadership aspirations.

Our postgraduate management courses are designed to maximise your management and leadership potential, choose from:

CQUni's School of Business and Law are among the most qualified and active in the business community. Our expertise and experience are recognised by the AFR Boss MBA Rankings (2019) for being one of only two universities that have 100 per cent of teachers with a PhD and 100 per cent of faculty with current business experience. Study with confidence knowing you will be learning from experienced business professionals and expert course leaders.

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 1 - 2024Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2024Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold:

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor degree, or higher equivalent qualification.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No specific security requirements exist for this course.

Health Requirements

No specific health requirements exist for this course.

Assumed Knowledge

No specific recommended study beyond the entry requirements is required.

This degree is suitable for students either currently, or hoping to be, a leader in the area of organisational change. The course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and tools you require to be successful in this area, and will give you the confidence to work effectively in a management capacity within an international organisation. Particular areas of focus within this course include innovation, sustainable business development, leadership, integrity, organisational change management, operations management and business analytics.

Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$23,964.00

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your actual fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees

Government assistance loans

If you are paying full fees for your course, you may be eligible for FEE-HELP which is an Australian Government loan scheme that you can use to defer payments for all or part of your tuition fees. Learn more about paying for university

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Other study costs

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

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  • Option 2: Ideal for all other states.

Option 1: Western Australian residents and those who want to study in Western Australia

If you live in Western Australia or are planning to study in Western Australia, apply via our ApplyCQUni portal.


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If you live in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory or Tasmania, submit your application directly to CQUniversity.
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