Master of Leadership and Management (Policing and Security)


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Program Description

The Master of Leadership and Management (Policing and Security) from Charles Sturt University develops your knowledge and high-level professional practice by analysing the challenges of contemporary executive leadership and equipping you with the skills to meet them.

This course offers three pathways to suit your unique requirements: a focus on executive leadership and international policing, development of a dedicated research paper, or the design and development of a work-based project.

This course has Commonwealth supported places (CSP) – meaning the Australian Government pays part of your fees.

This course is part of an articulated program of study. Articulated programs allow you to build on your study to achieve the right level of qualification for you.

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Course highlights

This degree offers the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge across three pathways: national and international policing, a work-based project or a research dissertation. A focus on international policing examines the broad body of knowledge of the history and context of international policing, including relevant developments in Australia and overseas.

  • Choose your career pathway
    The dissertation enables you to undertake advanced research in a specialist area of practice, while the work-based project will hone your specialist skills in designing improvements to a process, policy or practice – resulting in a comprehensive report, journal article, training program or policy recommendation.
  • Refine your cutting-edge skills
    You'll develop your executive leadership skills and capability across law enforcement, security and international policing, and build advanced skills in applying research and investigative outcomes to strategic planning and management. This course will position you to make high-level, independent assessments and provide sophisticated, empirically-based analysis of current and emergent policing and security challenges.
  • Align your knowledge with current practice
    Designed and delivered in collaboration with industry leaders, this course ensures you'll be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate policing leadership activities and policies across your areas of responsibility. You'll refine your skills and knowledge towards the revision, analysis, consolidation and synthesis of knowledge and understanding of law enforcement and security, and identify and provide appropriate responses to complex challenges.
  • Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
    Established in 1993, Charles Sturt University's Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is the leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, emergency management and security.

Career opportunities

As a highly experienced professional in the policing and security industry, you will use the in-depth skills secured in this course to enhance your senior leadership capabilities. Your analytical skills will be critical in identifying and managing competing risks and priorities across administrative and operational environments. You'll drive the development and delivery of strategic and operational leadership challenges and review operational command priorities.

Credits and pathways

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed the relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Master of Leadership and Management (Policing and Security)

Candidates who have successfully completed the Canadian Police College of Executive Development Program are eligible for 48 points credit.


For each 8 point subject, you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

Graduation requirements

As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course, you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with Charles Sturt University at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

Please note: if you choose to study online with Charles Sturt University, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

Entry requirements

Candidates for admission to the Master of Leadership and Management (Policing and Security) degree shall:

  • either hold a Bachelor degree in a related area or have qualified for an equivalent award; or
  • have completed the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management (Policing and Security) or subjects deemed equivalent by the Course Coordinator.

English language requirements

You can normally meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for entry to most Charles Sturt University courses by doing one of the following:

  • Providing evidence of having completed a sufficient standard of study in English.
  • Obtaining Academic IELTS within the last 2 years, with a minimum overall score of 6 and no individual score below 5.5.
  • Obtaining a qualification deemed to be equivalent to Academic IELTS (and its minimum scores) by Charles Sturt.


When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At Charles Sturt University, we’re with you every step of the way.

Key points

  • Charles Sturt University is Australia’s leading regional university. Charles Sturt campuses are small, friendly communities, based in vibrant regional Australian locations.
  • Charles Sturt University is #1 for graduate employment, More Charles Sturt grads get jobs faster than grads from any other university in Australia. (Good Universities Guide 2020/21).
  • Charles Sturt’s approach to teaching and learning combined with hands-on experience ensures graduates have the best opportunities to kickstart careers in their chosen profession.
Last updated Aug 2020

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