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Graduate Certificate in Leadership Communication

Research shows the best leaders and managers are outstanding communicators, enabling them to go further and faster in their careers. In this short course, you'll learn how to communicate more effectively in the workplace and assist organisations to make strategic changes.

Excellent communication skills are a powerful tool of leadership in all organisations, from small businesses to large government departments.

Leaders who possess superb written and verbal communication skills; and who can manage teams of individuals to perform at their best; play an important role in an organisation's success.

These skills are equally essential for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in public relations, marketing, or climb the ranks of management.

In this subject you'll explore the theory and practice of communication, such as writing business reports or giving professional speeches, and learn how to engage, motivate and influence people. You'll also gain an understanding of managing conflict, persuasion and negotiation, and helping organisations to implement strategic changes.

Get involved with the Management Communication Students' Association (MCSA), an award-winning student club that organises regular workshops and social events for its members.

If you wish to aspire to become a confident communicator and a great leader, this subject may be a good fit for you.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for Communication & Media Studies in the QS Subject Rankings 2020.

You'll study at Waikato Management School, which is placed in the top 1% of all business schools globally with Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.

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Key information

Duration Of Study: 4-8 months (full-time or part-time study)
Points: 60 points
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: March (A Trimester) and July (B Trimester)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): NZ$3,400 approx (2021 tuition fees) per programme
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Estimated Fees* (International): $17,010 per programme
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Graduate Certificate in Leadership Communication (60 points)

Students will take four papers in total (60 points), worth 15 points each. This includes one introductory paper (15 points) at 100 or 200-level; and three advanced papers (45 points) at 300-level.

You have the option to include one elective paper at 300-level in any subject.

Please contact the Management Student Centre (email [email protected]) for advice before you enrol in any papers.

Admission to each paper is at the discretion of the subject convenor.

Advanced papers (45 points)

Choose THREE of the following papers:

300 Level
Elective paper in any subject

  • Subject
  • Explanatory note
  • Elective
This information is provisional and subject to change.

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To enrol for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Communication, applicants must have:

a) completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification; OR

b) be able to demonstrate they have adequate training, experience, and ability to proceed with the programme.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may still be considered for special admission, subject to completing some additional qualifying papers.

Admission to each paper is at the discretion of the subject convenor.

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Management Student Centre (MSC)
Level One, Waikato Management School

Phone: +64 838 4303
Email[email protected]

Hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

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