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The Master of Social Science Leadership is a one and a half year course, and is available on both a full time and part time basis.

The Master of Social Science Leadership is designed to facilitate the acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills related to a specific field of social sciences practice, as well as critical thinking and reflection, and incorporates a strong leadership focus with a theoretical understanding of contextual social sciences engagement and Christian worldview integration. The course is therefore intended for those who already possess a foundational understanding of the social sciences or are interested in up-skilling as they are promoted into leadership positions within 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
  • 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.

In addition, the Master in Social Science Leadership is designed to provide opportunity to focus on, evaluate and critically integrate knowledge and skills from the perspective of a Christian worldview. As a faith-based higher education provider, CHC aims to provide quality educational experiences for professionals in order that they may contribute meaningfully to their professions in applied social science areas, and to society more generally, in ways that authentically reflect values and tenets of the Christian faith.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Social Science Leadership may articulate into the Master of Social Science Leadership (SS54). 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).

  • 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.
  • approved for offering to overseas students and appears on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
  • approved for FEE-HELP, Youth Allowance/Abstudy and Austudy (personal eligibility requirements apply).
Opportunities would mainly occur in two areas. First, graduates may remain in their current applied social sciences fields but seek professional advancement; second, graduates will gain the credentials for engagement with a broader range of applied social sciences fields.

Admission Criteria


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Applicants who have completed secondary education in the last two years and who are aged 17 years or over, are eligible for admission to this course.

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Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study of at least a completed Certificate III (with a GPA of at least 4.0, where applicable) and who are aged 17 years or over, are eligible for admission to this course.

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Applicants with completed higher education study, and applicants with higher education study of at least one semester (full-time equivalent) who wish to transfer to or within CHC, are eligible for admission to this course.

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Applicants with work and life experience who demonstrate readiness for higher education, including successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT), are eligible for admission to this course.

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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.

EXAMINATIONMinimum Requirement
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)
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Our expert teaching staff will inspire you to think creatively, be curious and innovate.

Flexible delivery

Choose a part-time or full-time program to suit your circumstance and lifestyle. Part-time student should note some classes my be scheduled during the day.  Some lectures and tutorials may also have evening classes.

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Course Structure

Diploma of Social Science

The Diploma of Social Science consists of 8 core units – 2 Christian Studies units and 6 Professional Studies units.

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

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.

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Fees & Scholarships


All courses at CHC have study costs associated with them, and these are determined by whether you are a domestic student or an international student, and whether you are in a fee-paying place or a Commonwealth supported place.

Different payment options are available, and eligible students can access the Commonwealth government’s HELP scheme to defer the payment of their study costs.

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CHC has a number of scholarships available in particular course areas to help students who are coming to CHC as school-leavers.

The Government also provides some financial assistance to students to help the transition into study.

Further information about scholarships and government financial assistance is available below.

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