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Graduate Certificate in Governance and Canon Law

Graduates will be introduced to specialist knowledge of Church governance and canon law in professional contexts in education, healthcare, ministry, social services and church administration, through this course.

BBI is the only tertiary institution in Australia to combine governance and canon law in an integrated program. This helps meet the needs of contemporary Catholic institutions, through equipping our graduates with the skills to address both the demands of secular or corporate governance and canon law.

Graduates may find employment or promotion in these sectors. The units in this course are firmly linked to contemporary practice and include Introduction to Governance for the Mission, Ministry and Work in the Church and Organisations in the Church: Canonical Perspectives.

Course Length

0.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent, amounting to 40 credit points.

Course Structure Course Structure - Graduate Certificate in Governance & Canon Law

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline.
  • Some experience of governance within a Church organisation, either through employment or volunteering OR the capacity to engage with such an organisation to undertake case studies throughout the course.
  • Students with no background in theology will be required to complete THEO800 as a pre or co-requisite to their GOVC units in order to provide a foundation in theological studies. Prior study is understood to mean any prior study at undergraduate or postgraduate level in theology or a cognate discipline, or a substantial amount of recognised professional development study in theology or a cognate discipline, as assessed by the Course Coordinator on application.
  • English language proficiency.

Entry Pathways


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

  • Up to 20 units of credit are available in this course in accordance with the Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.
  • No RPL is available in this course.
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