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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.
  • Successful completion of USQ's Graduate Certificate of Leadership and Coaching with a minimum GPA or 4.0 provides an articulation pathway into the Master of Adaptive Leadership. 
  • Applicants with an approved graduate certificate, or higher qualification, in any discipline and 5 years’ professional work experience may apply for entry and be assessed on a case by case basis.

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

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have 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 your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

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

AUD 25920

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

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

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP. 

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


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.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Friday 5 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 19 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.
  • Semester 3, 2021 - applications close Monday 22 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 15 November, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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