Graduate Certificate in Mission and Culture

Available to:
Domestic students only.
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
  • Strathfield

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time.

Domestic students


The Graduate Certificate in Mission and Catholic Culture is designed for professionals in Catholic institutions of higher education and faith-based organisations and agencies who wish to enhance their understanding of the specifically Christian and Catholic context in which they are leaders, and to develop skills in the promotion of a Christian and Catholic culture.

In contemporary and emerging post-Christian contexts, Catholic and other Christian mission based organisations are placing a greater and more strategic emphasis on the capacity of their staff to grasp and articulate the mission of their organisations, and to do so intelligently and in meaningful ways. Through an alignment of individual and organisational mission, meaning and purpose, a person can develop "mission literacy". This has become a vital and effective way to facilitate the flourishing of both the individual within an organisation, and the organisation itself.

There is a need to deliberately and consciously develop "mission literacy". Any person that has such a developed and conscious 'mission literacy', or is exposed to it, can function in ways that more effectively and efficiently promote human flourishing and dignity – including for themselves. Further, such 'literacy' can result in internal organisational cultures that support high productivity because they are characterised by concepts such as 'harmonious', and 'welcoming' places of belonging and support.

The purpose of this course is to support and assist personnel within Catholic and other faith based organisations to acquire the factual and experiential knowledge through readings, reflections and discussions. This supports development in the conceptual and analytical capabilities required to reflect on and to realise personal and organizational mission alignment.

Course duration

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Ballarat (Multi-mode)
  • Brisbane (Multi-mode)
  • Canberra (Multi-mode)
  • Melbourne (Multi-mode)
  • North Sydney (Multi-mode)
  • Strathfield (Multi-mode)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Deferment, credit points & course units


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - July
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - July
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - July
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - July
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - July
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $9064 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed a Bachelor degree or equivalent.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Career paths

Graduates of this course are equipped with skills in the promotion of Catholic, organisational culture and mission. Developing the ability to articulate and implement the theological foundations for the exercise of their roles as leaders, graduates are formed for the leadership of Catholic organisations.

Pathways to further study

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Mission and Culture can apply for advanced standing in the Master of Professional Studies in Theology and Master of Theological Studies

More course information

Please note: Units for this course may be offered On Campus, Online or by Flexible Delivery. Please refer to the Course Enrolment Guide for further information.

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