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Master of Adaptive Leadership

Master of Adaptive Leadership (MALP)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
  • -
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, Jul, Nov


  • A degree for industry, designed by industry.
  • Are you an emerging leader in a management role and looking to extend your skill sets in leadership practice?
  • With a focus on how to become a contemporary leader, the Master of Adaptive Leadership will help you to develop a toolkit of leadership skills that you can apply in practice. Emerge as a world-class leader by exploring the psychology of the leader and the leaders mind, how to lead change, and how to build teams for success.
  • Aimed at industry professionals, you will learn about your leadership style, why leader ethics sets you apart as a leader, and why the process of becoming a leader is more important than learning ‘about’ leadership. A key strength of this degree is the chance to work with industry in applying the knowledge learned. It provides the competitive edge you are searching for and help you leverage your career towards greater success.

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate, you will be skilled in adaptive leadership situations between leaders and followers, mentoring and coaching, how to build successful teams, and how to apply organisational learning and change management knowledge to help solve critical problem scenarios.
  • Graduates find work in a variety of organisations from small business start-ups to large companies through to the public sector. Specific careers may include roles as a CEO or General Manager, Senior or Group Executive Manager, Middle or Team Leader, Director or Deputy Director, Deputy or School Principal.

Entry requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor degree, or equivalent, in any area of study from a recognised institution
  • A minimum of 5 years' full-time equivalent professional work experience, or equivalent
  • A statutory declaration from the applicant stating that they are able to access a suitable work situation to complete the work-based components of this degree.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don’t meet the entry requirements, don’t worry, there are pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 16 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Foundation courses 4
Core courses 12
Total 16

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 15680

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2022. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2022 - Monday 21 February, 2022
  • Semester 2, 2022 - Monday 11 July, 2022
  • Semester 3, 2022 - Monday 14 November, 2022.
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