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Intakes: 
2018: November
2019: March, July and November
Duration: 
1.5 years
Location: 
Fees: 
2018: A$12,900*
2019: A$14,900*
* fee per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course

Overview

Build on your industry experience to become a change management leader with the world-first Master of Change, Innovation and Leadership from Victoria University.

This degree is designed to equip experienced professionals from diverse industries with sought-after skills. You’ll develop techniques to build innovative teams, drive complex change and adjust quickly to new business conditions. You’ll learn to help individuals appreciate the complexity that surrounds organisational change and strengthen their ability to manage change in their organisations.

The course program is developed in collaboration with industry leaders who have enormous change experience who will also contribute towards the delivery of the program. While the program will take an interdisciplinary approach, the key focus will be on blending business and psychology.

Specifically, the course will provide you with the opportunity to articulate and challenge models or frameworks of change. You’ll reflect on your knowledge and understanding of strategic change to become the source of value for your organisation.

Our Master of Change, Innovation and Leadership is an innovative, flagship program. There is no equivalent change management course offered anywhere in Victoria or Australia.

This course has been specifically designed to fulfil industry need and was done so with strong input from industry change management professionals. Interviews, focus groups and a survey were conducted with senior change management staff across the public and private sector in a range of industries. Overwhelming feedback around the need for a formal qualification in organisational change management (OCM) has shaped this course.

The College of Business works closely with industry to ensure that you are qualified and prepared for a career as an OCM professional.

Practical learning is a priority at VU. Through face-to-face interactions, case studies and real life problem-solving sessions, you’ll develop practical approaches that balance short-term success with long-term innovation.

This course also offers flexibility for you to get the most out of your study. The duration is 1.5 years full time and 3 years' equivalent part-time. The course will run on a one week burst mode which will provide flexibility to you to plan your leave around your study.

Our Master of Change, Innovation and Leadership can also form part of a pathway to further study. As part of this course, you’ll have the opportunity to complete an extended research thesis project, which can meet requisite requirements for entry into DBA and PhD programs.

This course is offered through the Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB), located at our City Flinders campus in Melbourne’s CBD.

Featuring business incubators (high tech meeting rooms replicating a business centre) and industry-standard computer labs, the Flinders campus offers a modern, spacious and comfortable learning environment.

You’ll have access to professional online business databases and a specialist business librarian.

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Study a Master of Change, Innovation and Leadership in Melbourne's CBD at our City Flinders Campus.

Careers in change management

Organisational change management (OCM) is a fast growing profession, with the demand for qualified professionals increasing as companies continuously refine and restructure. However, organisations have realised the lack of knowledge and understanding of the field of change management (with most studies showing a 60-70% failure rate). This course offers the recognised OCM qualification that will produce professionals with the necessary skills and thought leadership to fill this gap in the market.

Our Master of Change, Innovation and Leadership will ensure you are highly sought after in roles such as:

  • director or head of change
  • change management professional/consultant
  • organisational development consultant
  • program/project manager
  • ERP/SAP implementation professional
  • coaching and training professional.

Salaries

The average annual salary in Australia for a manager in change management is $108,948 (PayScale).

Course structure

To attain the Master of Change, Innovation and Leadership, students will be required to complete 144 credit points (equivalent to 12 units) consisting of:

  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) core units
  • 84 credit points (equivalent to 7 units) professional core units

Plus either
OPTION 1

  • 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) capstone research project unit; and,
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) elective units. Students to select from any postgraduate units from across the University (subject to availability). Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.

OR
OPTION 2

  • 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) research proposal unit; and,
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) minor thesis unit.

Core Units

Professional Core Units

Research Option 1

24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) elective units. Students to select from any postgraduate units from within the University (subject to availability).

Research Option 2

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect upon theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective innovative change strategies;  
  2. Justify and interpret theoretical propositions and related bodies of knowledge to critically evaluate the resolution of business problems and recommend actions relevant to contemporary business settings;  
  3. Critically apply cross-disciplinary knowledge in decision making with creativity for innovation and change management contexts;  
  4. Demonstrate accountability in autonomous and collaborative judgements and innovative strategic thinking in response to contemporary and future professional organisational change management challenges;  
  5. Work as a reflective leader and change practitioner to formulate, implement and evaluate industry-specific investigations to resolve complex professional problems and inform decision-making;  
  6. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences including multi-disciplinary teams, diverse cultural communities and business and other professional organisations;  
  7. Exemplify initiative and inspirational leadership in a dynamic 21st century work environment, acting consistently, ethically and socially responsibly;  
  8. Plan and execute a substantial research based project or evidence-based capstone experience to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at abstract and practical levels to enhance the sustainability, viability and effectiveness of organisational change practices.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
AND
Five (5) years of approved work experience
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
AND
Five (5) years of approved work experience
PLUS
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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