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Graduate Certificate in Leadership Communication (GradCert(LComm))

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma

Duration

4 months

Next start date

Expected

Summary

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.

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.

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.

Papers offered differ by location (Hamilton, Online).

Entry criteria

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

  • completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification; OR
  • 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.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; University of Waikato College - Successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

Note: To provide flexibility to students during COVID-19 who are affected by the closure of testing centres, the University of Waikato will accept the following alternative tests for all 2021 and 2022 intakes. Please note this policy is subject to review.

  • IELTS Indicator (this is an online version of the regular IELTS test)
  • TOEFL iBT Home (Plus) (this is an online version of the regular TOEFL test)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 110 for postgraduate programmes.

Students who are accepted into their programme using any of the three language tests named above will be issued an unconditional offer, but will be required to undertake a supplementary online language assessment.

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