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1.5 years full time or longer for part time

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

This master level degree is designed to equip experienced professionals from diverse industries with highly sought after skills. You will develop techniques to build innovative teams, drive complex change and adjust quickly to new business conditions. You'll also learn to help individuals appreciate the complexity involved in organisational change, and strengthen their ability to manage the end-to-end change lifecycle.

The course program has been developed in collaboration with industry leaders with enormous change experience who will also contribute to the delivery of the program. The program will take an interdisciplinary approach with a key focus on blending business and organisational psychology.

The course will provide you with opportunities to articulate and challenge models or frameworks of organisational change and leadership. You will broaden your knowledge and understanding of innovation and business transformation. This course will enable you to become one of the leading practitioners driving change across Australia.

Our aim is to produce graduates of this program that are:

  • 'forward thinking' and have the confidence to lead change of any scale
  • change leaders with cutting edge knowledge and capacity to navigate through multiple layers of change
  • equipped with up to date thinking agile, adaptive and disruptive change practices
  • able to understand the psychology of change and are competent to coach as well as lead people through change.

We also offer a Graduate Certificate in Organisational Change Management suitable as a potential pathway into the Master of Change, Innovation and Leadership. Contact us to find out more.

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


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

Job titles

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
  • Senior consultants
  • Program/project manager
  • Transformation director
  • Coaching and training professional
  • Executive roles where change leadership is critical.


The average annual salary in Australia for a manager in change management is $108,948 (PayScale). Market rate for other roles vary, depending on level of seniority. For example, senior change lead rates range from $155-190,000, change manager salaries range from $135-155,000.

Flagship qualification

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.

Strong industry links

This course has been specifically designed to fulfil industry need, and was designed with strong input from industry change management professionals. We established there was demand by engaging with senior change management professionals across the public and private sector in a range of industries. We conducted interviews, focus groups and surveys to gather feedback which overwhelmingly showed the need for a formal qualification in organisational change management (OCM).

This course is industry led and sponsored. VU's College of Business will continue to work closely with industry to ensure that the course continues to be well targeted for senior careers in OCM.

Subjects will not be standardised. In joining this course you will undertake a targeted program that develops niche skills for industry specific requirements.

Practical & flexible

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.

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

Specialised business facilities

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


Course objectives

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.  

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

  • 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.


  • 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

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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.


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.

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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.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree and four years full-time work experience post-graduation; OR
    Successful completion of a non-cognate (any discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree and six years full-time work experience post-graduation including at least 3 of the 6 years full-time work experience gained while working in a dedicated supervisory/management/consulting role as approved by the College; OR
    A Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Organisational Change Management
  • Mature: In the absence of a Bachelor/Honours Degree, 10 years full-time work experience including at least 3 of the 10 years full-time work experience gained while working in a dedicated supervisory/management/consulting role as approved by the College.

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.

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