Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership

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A successful business career requires an understanding of different business environments and the ability to lead teams to optimum performance. The Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership is designed for professionals who already have some leadership or supervisory experience and want to take their career to the next level.

The program will enhance your understanding of the key competencies and skills required for executive career development. It focuses on core business activities such as finance, marketing, leadership and strategy. You will learn about contemporary issues in leadership and understand the communication and negotiation skills required to successfully lead a team.

The Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership is open to both graduates and those without a prior degree providing they have relevant work experience. By choosing UQ Business School, you will have the benefit of studying at one of the world’s leading business schools, and one which is renowned worldwide for its cutting-edge research and high-quality academic staff.


Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership program must have:

  • a Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4.00 on a 7 point scale and four years full-time work experience post-graduation including at least two of the four years full-time work experience gained while working in a dedicated supervisory/management role as approved by the Executive Dean; or
  • seven years full-time work experience including at least three of the seven years full-time work experience gained while working in a dedicated supervisory/management role as approved by the executive dean.

This program is not available for international students. 

Find further information about course dates, costs and how to apply


The Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership requires you to complete any four courses from the course list which covers key business areas including leadership issues, finance, marketing, strategy, and negotiation skills.


The Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership program takes six months of full-time study to complete, or the equivalent part-time.


The standard full-time load for a program is 8 units per semester (this usually means 4 courses worth 2 units each per semester). Full-time study is defined as 75% or more of the standard full-time load for a program (i.e. at least 6 units per semester, or 3-4 courses, for most programs).

International students must be enrolled in 8 units per semester.

It is estimated that for each course a student would have approximately 3-5 contact hours in lectures and tutorials, and would also need to do additional hours of study.


Australian students can study part-time (usually 1 to 2 courses per semester). In some cases, classes are scheduled multiple times per week and students can choose either day or evening classes. This does not occur in all programs. If you intend to study solely in the evenings, please check the availability and timing of classes.


What outcomes to expect from your degree

The Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership will highlight your leadership potential to current and future employers. You will be well placed to develop your career as a successful business executive by understanding and developing the core skills and competencies required to lead organisations.

How to shape your career

As a UQ student, you have access to a range of services to prepare for a successful career:

  • The Student Employability Team (SET) – assists students with accessing career opportunities and managing their careers. SET programs give students an edge by helping build industry experience and develop lifelong employability skills. Contact their team of employability specialists to set and achieve your career goals.
  • Networking events – these events help students establish connections with industry professionals.
  • Employer presentations on campus – provides opportunities to meet UQ graduates currently employed in industry and understand what the employer is looking for in a new hire.
  • UQ Careers Fair - an annual university wide event for students to meet with over 130 potential employers to source information on career opportunities.
  • Global Experiences Expo - discover how UQ provides students with opportunities to study overseas, or get support to work, learn or volunteer on a short trip.


Support services

UQ Business School offers a wide range of advice and support for future and current students.

Domestic student enquiries

To find out more about applications or programs for Australian (domestic) students, call +61 7 3346 8100 (open 8:30am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday except university and public holidays) or email info@business.uq.edu.au.

International student enquiries

For further enquiries about applications or programs, international students can call +61 3 8676 7004 from outside Australia or 1800 671 980 from inside Australia (free call).

Find out more on the international contact page or use the online enquiry form.

Find details of international educational representatives

Financial assistance

Find out more about fees, charges and financial assistance

Find details of undergraduate scholarships for future students and for current students

Student centres

Student centres are located on each campus including St Lucia and provide a one-stop shop for student administration enquiries – including enrolment, timetables, fees, graduation, academic transcripts and ID cards – and general enquiries.

Call +61 7 3365 2600 from 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday or visit the student centre page.

Student support

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